LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT/AP) - News of a federal fraud and corruption investigation in college basketball, which led to charges against four assistant coaches, shook college sports on Tuesday.
In court documents, prosecutors said an FBI probe had revealed numerous instances of bribes paid by athlete advisers, including financial advisers and associate basketball coaches, to assistant and associate basketball coaches to exert influence over student-athletes.
The FBI would not name universities, but the University of Louisville released a statement saying it received notice that the university is included in a federal investigation involving criminal activity related to men's basketball recruiting.
In a college basketball town like Lexington - in a college basketball state like Kentucky - there are a lot of opinions about the revelations. Callers into Big Blue Insider on 630 WLAP-AM on Tuesday night talked with Dick Gabriel about the news, the fallout and the future - not just for Louisville but for all of college basketball.
"This can't be the end of it," one caller said. "You've got to think there's going to be more out there. And while there's a lot of ADs and coaches out there who are wiping their brow and saying 'shew,' they've still got to be looking over their shoulder a little bit, I would think."
Gabriel told listeners that he does not see how UL Head Basketball Coach Rick Pitino and Athletic Director Tom Jurich could keep their jobs. The University of Louisville is already on probation, and Pitino faces a suspension, for a sex scandal that engulfed the men's basketball program.