It’s only the beginning, and already just about every major college basketball program has been somehow connected with the ongoing FBI corruption investigation. First, a Yahoo! story implicated players from more than 20 Division I men’s basketball programs as possibly breaking NCAA rules through violations.
Various other stories have broken since, including some with Indiana connections. Take a look at the news that has broken thus far with an Indiana link:
At this point, Jeffries’ name simply appeared on a piece of paper showing that he took a $4,827.77 loan from his agent Andy Miller. It isn’t clear when those loans might have been issued. Jeffries left Indiana for the NBA in 2002. Some reports stated that Miller’s agency didn’t start until 2007, so on the surface it would seem that any loans that Jeffries accepted were after his IU playing days.
According to a second Yahoo report that was released, Andy Miller and one of his employees at his agency had this e-mail exchange:
“Chuck Martin – Trying to close the deal on Brian Bowen for Indiana. I told him if we can work together and if he can push for us to get (Hoosiers) Thomas Bryant and OG Anunoby two projected first rounders from IU this year we can work something out.”
At this point it is nothing more than an internal exchange between Miller and his employee and it shows no wrongdoing by Martin or anyone else at IU.
It is worth noting that Brian Bowen ended up attending Louisville and neither Bryant nor Anunoby have Miller as an agent.
Perhaps the shocker of the day related to Archie Miller’s brother, Sean Miller. According to an ESPN report, FBI wiretaps intercepted telephone conversations between Arizona coach Sean Miller and Christian Dawkins, a key figure in the FBI’s investigation into college basketball corruption, in which Miller discussed paying $100,000 to ensure star freshman Deandre Ayton signed with the Wildcats.
You have to wonder how the NCAA will ultimately handle something like this, with the number of teams, players and coaches involved. Stay tuned, because once again, this is only the beginning.
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