The current FBI probe is threatening to ensnare at least six programs with Level I rules violations, but where does it rank among the 30 biggest college basketball scandals of all time?
There seems to be an ongoing debate amongst sports fans about which organization is more corrupt between FIFA and the IOC, but the NCAA has found itself in that discussion far too often. While most of the attention has been focused on college football scandals, such as the saga at USC that ended up with Reggie Bush returning his Heisman Trophy, the hardwood hasn’t been immune to its share of controversy.
The current FBI probe into alleged recruiting violations by several major programs shouldn’t come as a shock to those familiar with the world of college basketball, which has dealt with a ton of controversy over the years. This latest scandal is shining a light onto the unseemly underbelly of college athletics, where large sums of money change hands to influence supposedly “amateur” athletic competitions.
There is no question that the current FBI probe ranks among the top 30 college basketball scandals in NCAA history, but where on the list does it rank? We’ll get to that in just a bit, but we’ll get started down at the bottom of our list with one of the most common problems to face college basketball throughout the years, point shaving.