Is the Louisville basketball program in danger?
On Tuesday morning, it was announced that four assistant college basketball coaches have been charged by the FBI in a corruption scheme, along with Jim Gatto, the head of sports marketing at adidas.
The four assistant coaches facing charges are Oklahoma State assistant Lamont Evans, Auburn assistant Chuck Person, Arizona’s Emanuel Richardson and USC assistant Tony Bland.
However, court documents also appear to indicate Louisville could be one of the programs targeted in the investigation.
Being an adidas school, the connection would make sense. But wait, there’s more.
Read this description of “University 6″ — which is alleged to have received a commitment from a five-star recruit after he received $100,000 from an apparel company — from the court documents:
Sounds an awful lot like Louisville will be one of the schools impacted. From this: https://t.co/cfImbKPdeN pic.twitter.com/ROWCy5Ewzc
— Jeff Eisenberg (@JeffEisenberg) September 26, 2017
Reading between lines not so hard: this details how Louisville got commitment from All-American Brian Bowen in June — for $100K: pic.twitter.com/azXgMKYIl8
— Andrew Das (@AndrewDasNYT) September 26, 2017
Then when we relive these comments from Louisville head coach Rick Pitino after the Cardinals received a commitment from five-star recruit Brian Bowen over the summer, it’s definitely adds an interesting wrinkle.
i mean pic.twitter.com/SdmLX3dihi
— Chris Hatfield (@ChrisDHatfield) September 26, 2017
Of course, internet detectives are connecting the dots and it’s hard not to see the obvious connections. Luck? Yeah, sure. But that’s the story for now, so we’ll see if that changes down the line.
A press conference is set at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New York at Noon E.T. to detail the arrests and charges that the coaches are facing.
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