I doubt that word of a federal investigation into some of the dealings of coaches in a number of major college basketball programs this week that’s resulted in seeming shock from many of the people who make a living reporting on sports nationally comes as a surprise to even the most casual of fans of the sport.
Should there really be any doubt that the available cash in what is a multi-billion dollar business would cause some in the coaching profession to use their positions to fatten their wallets?
Or that financial reward for a young potential basketball star, many of whom come from disadvantaged backgrounds, would be enough to sway a decision on where to play college basketball?
I think not!
The only thing I’ve heard said since news of a federal probe earlier this week that seems to be on the mark is the thought that investigators have just touched the tip of a very smelly iceberg.
And that more people associated with our country’s big time programs are probably having a tough time sleeping because of anxiety about where the next shoe might fall.
As the fallout continues, I expect calls will resurface to start paying college athletes in return for the dollars they bring in to big time basketball programs.
Or, in my mind, the shady behavior will just simply continue in a somewhat more secretive manner.
That’s the way I see it.