In November 2016, according to court documents unsealed this week in New York, one of the nation’s top high school basketball players and his mother signed a series of forms so the player could accept an athletic scholarship from Kansas. In the forms — similar to those signed by more than 460,000 athletes at NCAA schools each year — both the player and his mother asserted they had no knowledge of any violations of NCAA rules regarding amateurism. Over the years, the NCAA has interpreted amateurism rules to prohibit a long list of benefits for players and families, ranging from duffel bags full of cash and luxury cars to more modest perks, such as gas money and free meals. When the player’s mom signed those forms, she was lying, according to federal prosecutors, who did not identify her or her son in court documents. Just days before, prosecutors allege, the mother had met with an Adidas consultant in a hotel in New York and accepted $30,000 cash — routed … [Read more...] about Latest college basketball charges make it clear: The FBI is enforcing NCAA rules.
When Arizona hastily called a news conference on Thursday afternoon, it appeared coach Sean Miller’s tenure in Tucson could be coming to an end. Instead, the coach vehemently denied a report claiming he discussed a six-figure payment to a recruit. Less than three hours later, the school president announced Miller will remain as the 19th-ranked Wildcats’ coach. “We have no reason to believe Miller violated NCAA rules or the law,” university President Robert C. Robbins said after an Arizona Board of Regents meeting Thursday afternoon. “We will continue to pursue every avenue of inquiry available to us during this active and federal investigation to fully understand the facts.” After a one-game absence, Miller was back on the sidelines when the Wildcats played Stanford on Thursday night in Tucson. The McKale Center crowd stood and cheered as Miller entered the arena just before the pre-game national anthem. He waved to the fans as his players smiled and … [Read more...] about Arizona decides to keep head coach Sean Miller. “We have no reason to believe Miller violated NCAA rules or the law”
A report by Yahoo Sports states that an employee of an ensnared sports agency may have bought a meal for Justin Patton or his family, perhaps at some point during the former Creighton player's collegiate career. ASM Sports, run by agent Andy Miller, is at the center of an FBI probe into college basketball — which resulted in 10 arrests back in September. And portions of the agency's expense reports were revealed in a Yahoo story published Friday. The story, reported by Pete Thamel and Pat Forde, reviewed hundreds of financial documents detailing that multiple high school and college players, their families and/or their handlers received four- and five-figure payments from ASM. The report names 27 players from 23 different Division I schools. They were given cash advances. They got flights paid for. And, apparently, ASM paid for meals. The allegations in Friday's story aren't specific in regard to those meals — and thus, they aren't specific about Patton, who did … [Read more...] about Yahoo report alleges former Creighton player Justin Patton may have violated NCAA rules
The NCAA on Tuesday denied Notre Dame's appeal of a ruling to vacate 21 wins from the 2012 and 2013 seasons because of academic misconduct.Notre Dame President John Jenkins, in a letter addressed to the "Notre Dame Family," bluntly criticized the ruling and said it doesn't make sense when other "high-profile" cases resulted in less punishment. He likely was referencing an academic scandal at North Carolina.The school's argument all along has centered on the fact that the student-athletes caught cheating were aided by another student, who happened to be a trainer on the football staff."The Committee simply failed to provide any rationale why it viewed the student-worker as an institutional representative in our case," Jenkins wrote. "In every other case in the record — meticulously detailed in the University’s arguments — the institutional representative of the university was employed as an administrator, coach, or person who served in an academic … [Read more...] about Notre Dame after NCAA ruling to vacate wins: This ‘establishes a dangerous precedent’
Former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel said he can no longer campaign for high school recruits to select his alma mater, Texas A&M, due to "controversial NCAA rules." The former Aggies quarterback suggested over Twitter on Wednesday's national signing day that he was informed either by Texas A&M — now under new coach Jimbo Fisher — or the NCAA to dial back on recruiting pitches. Manziel played for former coach Kevin Sumlin and has been honored by the university on several occasions for his All-America seasons in College Station.The NCAA rulebook states that former players cannot initiate contact with prospective players in an attempt to assist in recruiting them. Messages left with the NCAA by USA TODAY Sports on Thursday morning were not immediately returned.Manziel had previously tweeted at Leon O’Neal Jr., a safety prospect who recommitted to A&M earlier this week, in late January and … [Read more...] about Johnny Manziel cites NCAA rules, stops tweeting recruits about Texas A&M