The FBI’s ongoing investigation into college basketball has dominated the sport for months, and there’s now new information that could add tremendous detail to the agency’s findings.
According to Yahoo Sports’ Pete Thamel and Pat Forde, data gathered in the investigation includes highly specific spreadsheets from the sports agency ASM, which represented several high-profile NBA players at the time the FBI raided its office in September.
“There are spreadsheets detailing who got paid, how much they got paid and how much more they were planning to pay,” an anonymous source told Thamel and Forde. “The feds got everything they wanted and much more.
“Don’t think it will only be players who ended up signing with ASM that got paid. Those spreadsheets cast a wide net throughout college basketball. If your school produced a first-round pick in the past three years, be worried.”
That’s a big warning for all college basketball programs, including several in the SEC. Former Auburn assistant coach Chuck Person already has been implicated and charged with six counts of conspiracy and fraud.
Kentucky’s program has yet to be officially involved in this investigation, but the Wildcats have produced nine first-round picks over the last three season. Other programs such as Alabama (Collin Sexton), Missouri (Michael Porter Jr.) and Texas A&M (Robert Williams) figure to have first-round picks in the 2018 NBA Draft.
Last week, Thamel reported that this investigation will harm the legacy of many of the sports’ top coaches and cause potential lottery picks to lose eligibility. ESPN’s Mark Schlabach reported last week that as many as three dozen Division I programs could face penalties.
As March Madness approaches, a dark cloud remains over the sport, and it’s not yet apparent when things will clear up.