September 27th, 2017 at 6:25 PM ^

And it's not just Izzo's program. I'd say very conservatively two-thirds of college programs pull stuff like this. 

It's just the way basketball works, and it has been for a long time. Pretty low-hanging fruit for the DA in south NY to make a name for himself. I haven't looked but I'm guessing this is the guy who replaced Preet Bharara after he got canned.


September 28th, 2017 at 11:25 AM ^

Direct quote from a RCMB poster- "Makes me appreciate Izzo even more. He wouldn't dabble in that crap."

I also remember when the Mo Bamba thing happened with his brother posting that video, they were all certain that Michigan was heading for probation because they were also recruiting him. They were also convinced that it was proof Izzo runs a cleaner program than Beilein...

SF Wolverine

September 27th, 2017 at 2:58 PM ^

to accept some form of the death penalty for a year.  They will lose both committed recruits, and I imagine some current players, and are not going to be able to effectively recruit for some time.  Give the next guy some time and space to work things out.


September 27th, 2017 at 3:24 PM ^

This is a very interesting question.  Given the NCAA's general troubles and the current political climate, I would guess the adults will be punished more harshly than the kids.  Maybe they get a Leo Lewis deal and have all past indiscretions exonorated in exchange for testimony? Then again, maybe NCAA deals for testimony won't be necessary with the FBI investigation.


September 27th, 2017 at 3:54 PM ^

If the FBI turns over evidence to the NCAA that shows that recruit accepted money, they will no longer be eligle to play NCAA basketball.  I would suspect that would only happen if the person paying that recruit turns evidence/flips.  The shoe companies will lawyer them up and pay them off to do the time.  Off to europe or asia if you get declared ineligible, lets see what Brian Bowen does.

Mr Miggle

September 27th, 2017 at 4:27 PM ^

will probably be allowed to give it back (to charity) and only lose part of a season. Coming forward now would be a good idea. They might be able to negotiate a better deal if they provide useful information.

If there are a large enough number of them, I could imagine a one time amnesty deal. If the school was involved in the payment, which is how things are looking so far, no way they'll keep the recruit. It will be interesting to see what happens with 2017 and earlier recruits. They are already in school. We might see some mid-season transfers.

Recruits implicated like Bowen will never play in the NCAA.

Mr Miggle

September 27th, 2017 at 7:22 PM ^

Cleaning house? I would not agree. Self imposing penalties? Sure, it's too early for that under any circumstances. The investigation has barely begun.

Louisville is particularly vulnerable since they are already on probation. There are facing a death penalty, some evidence is clear and it involves their breaking explicit NCAA rules. Their best hope is that a lot of other schools get caught up in the scandal, but being less cooperative than other schools would very likely backfire.