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Basketball Caught Up In NCAA Investigation

Daily Round Up: February 26, 2018

NCAA Basketball: Texas at Oklahoma Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The men’s basketball team takes on the Jayhawks in Lawrence tonight. If the Horns lose, Saturday’s game against West Virginia will be key.

Malik Jefferson talks the NFL Combine.

The women won the Big 12 track and field championship and the men came in second.

The baseball team had a strange three-game series with LSU.

Texas’ three-game series against LSU this weekend exhibited three different versions of Texas head coach David Pierce’s Longhorn squad.

The first game was abysmal, the second a letdown and the third a triumph. Perhaps it was nerves or coincidence, but Texas’ inconsistency was apparent.

Former Longhorn running back Chris Warren said there was a disconnect between Tom Herman and the team last season.

20 Division I men’s basketball programs have been identified as possibly breaking NCAA rules in a federal probe. The men’s basketball team came up in the investigation.

What is the FBI investigating in the college basketball corruption probe?

There are three criminal cases ongoing right now, involving a combined 10 defendants. Two of the cases are similar, in that they involve college coaches allegedly taking bribes from businessmen in exchange for steering players to those businesses. (They appear to have been split up because they involve different people accused of offering the bribes.) A third case deals with Adidas and an AAU basketball power broker allegedly trying to funnel players to Adidas-sponsored colleges and, later, to sign with the company.

Eric Davis has been suspended indefinitely and Yahoo reports that he will seek legal representation.

Shaka Smart and the Texas players feel some changes are in order.

“The stuff that has been on the media, obviously it sheds light on something that, as a sport, we need to address and improve,” Smart said. “I don’t have all the answers, but I know there is going to need to be a lot of change.”

“Pay to play is how I feel,” junior guard Kerwin Roach II said. “I feel like if that happens, a lot of allegations and a lot of scandals and all that would be taken care of. But you just have to find a way where everyone gets paid evenly and there won’t be any problems in the NCAA.”

Rick Barnes denied all involvement in the alleged violation.

In response to the investigation, Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy called the NCAA one of the worst organizations in sports.

“The NCAA is one of the worst organizations — maybe the worst organization — in sports,” Van Gundy said via the Detroit Free-Press. “They certainly don’t care about the athlete. They’re going to act like they’re appalled by all these things going on in college basketball. Please, it’s ridiculous and it’s all coming down on the coaches.”

Gundy went on to call the people against one-and-done possibly a racist practice.

“People that were against [players] coming out [of high school] made a lot of excuses, but I think a lot of it was racist. I’ve never heard anybody go up in arms about [minor league baseball or hockey],” Van Gundy told reporters. “They are not making big money, and they’re white kids primarily and nobody has a problem.”