NCAA Basketball Coaches Caught in Corruption Scandal, Pitino Fired
This may shock you, but the NCAA has been caught up in yet another corruption scandal.
Yesterday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York announced federal corruption charges against multiple assistant basketball coaches. Specifically, the three-year FBI probe focused on those coaches who were being paid thousands of dollars for the sole purpose of steering NBA-bound amateur college players towards sports agents, financial advisers, and apparel companies like Under Armour and NIKE.
Some of the coaches charged for taking cash bribes included Chuck Person of Auburn, Emanuel Richardson of Arizona, Lamont Evans of Oklahoma State, and Tony Bland of USC and according to the U.S. Department of Justice, all four men can face a prison term of up to 80-years.
The biggest name in the entire scandal may just be the head coach of the Louisville basketball program, Rick Pitino. Originally set to have been entering his 17th season, Pitino has been fired due to alleged reports that a Louisville recruit was paid $100,000 by Adidas to sign with the school
— Michael Clevenger (@MClevenger_CJ) September 27, 2017
The legendary college coach has compiled a 770-269 college record while making stops at Boston University, Providence, Kentucky, and lastly Louisville. Pitino also went 192-220 across six NBA seasons as the coach of both the New York Knicks and the Boston Celtics.
No stranger to controversy, this will undoubtedly be the greatest hurdle for Pitino to overcome in his professional career.