The sport of college basketball saw two bombshell reports drop on Friday that likely will turn the sport on its head.
First, there was the Yahoo Sports report from Pat Forde and Pete Thamel which detailed a number of players meeting with Andy Miller, Christian Dawkins and ASM Sports Group. Those meetings saw money change hands, with some players taking in thousands of dollars. Players such as former Kentucky forward Bam Adebayo and former Washington guard Markelle Fultz were named in the report.
Then on Friday night, ESPN’s Mark Schlabach reported that Arizona coach Sean Miller had been caught discussing a $100,000 payment with Dawkins for star recruit DeAndre Ayton. Many in the college basketball world reacted to the news, but it’s safe to say very few were shocked by it.
One of the side effects of these reports was that many began to wonder how clean other college sports are, specifically college football. ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas outright said it’s happening in football as well. And former Florida quarterback Luke Del Rio seemed to back up Bilas’ thoughts when he took to Twitter on Saturday morning.
“And it’s hilarious how shocked people are that it happened,” Del Rio tweeted. “It’s happening everywhere people. In multiple sports. Trust me.”
And it’s hilarious how shocked people are that it happened…. it’s happening everywhere people. In multiple sports. Trust me https://t.co/KujONhJgdq
— Luke Del Rio (@Ldelrio12) February 24, 2018
Del Rio bounced around to multiple schools, beginning his career at Alabama then moving on to Oregon State before finishing at Florida. Del Rio is one of the most outspoken athletes on Twitter, so it should come as a surprise for him to weigh in on an issue like this.
The Ayton news also touched off another talking point in that it seems like $100,000 is a relatively cheap price to pay to land a top NBA draft prospect such as Ayton. Both Bill Simmons and Clay Travis voiced this opinion, as Ayton is one of the top players in college basketball and possibly could be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.
Arizona has yet to announce anything regarding Ayton or Miller’s status for its upcoming game Saturday night at Oregon. It’s worth adding that no Florida player was named in the Yahoo report. The Gators basketball team takes on No. 12 Auburn on Saturday.