Miami basketball coach Jim Larranaga believes he is one of the coaches mentioned in the FBI report into corruption and fraud in college basketball.
While speaking to the media for his Monday press conference, Larranaga reportedly stated his belief that he is “Coach-3” in the FBI’s report. It’s important to note, however, that no one with connections to the Miami basketball program has been arrested in connection to the ongoing probe.
“It’s been a strain, physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually,” Larranaga said, via the Palm Beach Post.
“It’s something that’s there. I have to deal with it. I have the support of my wife and a wonderful family. I have the support of the university, my staff and players.”
While Larranaga believes he is “Coach-3” in the report, there has been no official confirmation.
Larranaga also maintained his innocence stating, “I cannot state more emphatically that I absolutely have no knowledge of any wrongdoing by any member of our staff and I certainly have never engaged in the conduct that some have speculated about,” Larranaga said, holding a piece of paper with both hands.
“I have tried to live every single one of my 68 years on this earth with integrity, character, and humility. … To have those values that I cherish so dearly even questioned, is disheartening and disappointing.”
In the reports, “Coach-3” is alleged to have requested payments totaling $150,000 funneled to “Player-12” to land his commitment. “Player-12” is reportedly five-star Class of 2018 recruit Nassir Little. Miami and Arizona were the two programs recruiting Little the heaviest.
It’s going to be interesting to see how the investigation continues to develop and what information comes out next, but for now we’d expect there are plenty of head coaches and assistants holding their breath over which rock the FBI turns over next.