There’s a dark cloud hanging over college basketball as the FBI continues its investigation into several top programs, but that isn’t keeping some people from having a little fun with the situation.
Count ESPN’s Rece Davis in on trying to enjoy himself despite the giant elephant in the room. ESPN was at Texas Tech for College GameDay on Saturday, and Davis was hosting the show when a Tech student competed to earn money by making various shots around the court.
She didn’t win the grand prize, but still came away with a hefty sum of $1,800. Davis couldn’t let the irony go unnoticed.
“That was tremendous,” he said. “You were all over the rim. You know what a fabulous parting gift is? 1,800 bucks. You walk out 1,800 bucks richer than you were, and that won’t even get you investigated by anybody. So congratulations.”
Ouch! Maybe a little bit too soon on that zinger, but it’s all fun and games in Lubbock, Texas, where the Red Raiders are a clear top-10 team and far, far away from the FBI.
Here’s the full clip:
Rece Davis on fire: “You walk out $1800 bucks richer than you were. That won’t even get you investigated by anybody.” pic.twitter.com/2REHuZ4pnc
— Christopher Gabriel (@CGProgram) February 24, 2018
The investigation is far from over, but consequences are already being handed down across college basketball. Louisville’s Rick Pitino was fired for cause before the season began, and Arizona’s Sean Miller may be in deep trouble after reports surfaced that he was caught on tape discussing a $100,000 payment to a recruit with an agent. Miller hasn’t been fired, but he will not coach the Wildcats on Saturday night at Oregon.
Other coaches may be in hot water, with Paul Finebaum declaring this week that Auburn’s Bruce Pearl is “most vulnerable” as the FBI’s probe continues.