The NCCA ruling took away 4 seasons worth of accomplishments from Louisville. This was the punishment handed down to them for violating the NCAA’s recruiting policy. The team saw all their accomplishments from the 2011-12 season through the 2014-15 season be erased. This includes their 2013 national title, a 2012 Final Four appearance and 123 victories. Many saw this punishment as the NCAA attempting to prove to the FBI that they were handling internal issues properly. But following this ruling, the FBI launched their investigation into the NCAA and a large list of teams and players.
Players from more than 20 D1 men’s basketball teams were listed for possibly breaking NCAA rules. Some of the schools listed include: Duke, North Carolina, Texas, Kentucky, Michigan State, USC, and Kansas. At least 25 players were linked to impermissible benefits. The infractions include cash advances as well as entertainment and travel expenses paid for college prospects and their families.
Many of the nation’s top powerhouse teams may be facing NCAA sanctions after the FBI releases the information they acquired through their investigation. A report from Yahoo! begins to name teams and players allegedly involved. 6 players were identified in the documents as receiving payments exceeding $10,000. Some of these players include: 2017 No. 1 NBA draft pick, Markelle Fultz, Dallas Mavericks point guard Dennis Smith Jr., and Brooklyn Nets shooting guard Isaiah Whitehead.
Many schools coaches and athletic directors have tried to disconnect themselves from the agents and companies involved, stating that they played no part in breaking any of the NCAA rules surrounding recruiting. Many schools also state that they will launch internal investigations.
This is just beginning of the investigation and reports and it looks to be a long and bumpy ride for the NCAA and the teams involved. The other question surrounding this story as it unfolds is should the rules be changed and should college athletes start to be allowed to profit off their own likenesses and marketability? I will leave that question, unanswered.
- Caleb McElfresh / February 2018 / HLGU Vanguard