Alabama and Miami emerge in FBI investigation fallout

A basketball is seen on the court wight he SEC logo during the second half of the NCAA college basketball Southeastern Conference tournament championship game between Kentucky and Arkansas, Sunday, March 15, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

[UPDATE]: Administrator Kobie Baker has reportedly admitted to being part of the FBI investigation, stating he was the person recognized as “Staff Member 1” in the report, according to AL.com.

Fallout from the FBI’s investigation has been extensive on Wednesday. Louisville forced Rick Pitino out after yet another scandal emerged during his run, while the Cardinals lost multiple highly touted recruits. Auburn lost a 5-star pledge as well.

News of shakeups and investigations continued Wednesday night, and two more programs are affected. Alabama and Miami did not have coaches arrested in this wide-sweeping scandal, but the universities are acting like there is reason to be concerned.

Alabama is conducting an internal review of its men’s basketball program and in initiating this investigation fired administrator Kobie Baker. The U.S. Attorney’s office has begun investigating Miami for possible recruiting violations as well.

Miami was preparing for this kind of action, with coach Jim Larranaga gathering his staff for a meeting Wednesday morning, according to Michele Kaufman of the Miami Herald. The school is believed to be “University-7” in the FBI’s report, and an unnamed assistant coach is implicated as “Coach-3”, Kaufman reports.

We have your playbook,” said New York FBI Assistant Director in Charge William Sweeney said of the overall investigation into many programs. “Our investigation is ongoing, and we are conducting additional interviews as we speak.”

Miami’s men’s basketball program battled through a scandal in recent years involving booster Nevin Shapiro, and it resulted in lost scholarships for the program — one that self-imposed sanctions as well.

Baker resigned after two years with the Crimson Tide. Interestingly, prior to his employment in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Baker worked as an NCAA assistant director of enforcement for basketball development. Policing recruiting violations was one of Baker’s duties while with the NCAA, according to his bio page on the Alabama athletics website.

Our review has not identified any NCAA or SEC rules violations nor the involvement of any other coach or staff member,” Alabama athletic director Greg Byrne said in a statement. “We have notified both of the governing bodies of the actions we have taken. As always, we will continue to be proactive in our compliance efforts.”

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  1. Christian

    Sep 27, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    More fake news! How many times and for how many more years are we going to have to hear these stories of government agencies and NCAA committees promising and promoting real change, real scrutiny in college sports, particularly football and basketball, by going after the little guys, secondary coaches, and never doing anything to the overseers, head coaches, atheletic directors, chancellors, etc. If I’m not mistaken, all these division I programs have compliance laws and clauses in these head coaches contracts, at least that is so with the Atlantic Coast Conference. Why aren’t head coaches being held accountable for what is going on underneath their very noses. “The prince and the pauper” routine has become sickening. The slave/servant takes the whipping that the king(head coach) richly deserves. It may be a new era in college basketball/football, but it’s the same old politics, with the same old resulting consequences. Absolutely nothing happens to the head coaches who are forcing their subheads and assistants to do anything necessary to win over the top players over rival schools. And nothing happens to these companies, such as Addidas, that are conducting these bribes and fraudulent schemes. Thus, fake news!

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