After Friday’s news unveiling several big time college basketball programs and players in the FBI’s investigation into college basketball corruption, a few Big 12 coaches have commented on the scandal.
Kansas head coach Bill Self said in a statement:
“After reading the article this morning, like most of us involved in college athletics, we’re hearing and learning about it for the first time. I, along with our administration, am evaluatinig the credibility of the information related to Kansas. I do know for sure that we did not use Miller’s agency for recruiting purposes or any purposes.”
According to the report from Yahoo! Sports, Apples Jones, the mother of former Kansas player Josh Jackson, received $2,700, according to documents from the agency ASM Sports.
Self has had an illustrious career in Lawrence, becoming the head coach in 2003 and winning 13-straight Big 12 titles, reaching two Final Fours and one National Championship (2008). A win on Saturday against Texas Tech would give KU at least a share of a 14th-straight Big 12 title.
Meantime, another Big 12 team tied up in the report is the Texas Longhorns with guard Eric Davis Jr. and former center Prince Ibeh linked to the documents.
Head coach Shaka Smart said in a statement:
“I became aware of the report late last evening. I had no previous knowledge of the alleged extra benefits described in the report. I am working with our athletic department staff and am prepared to cooperate fully with the investigation into this matter. I am, and always have been, fully committed to ensuring that our program operates within NCAA rules. Our staff has always been very direct and thorough in educating our student-athletes about the specific parameters regarding agents.”
Smart was hired at Texas in 2015 after a great tenure at VCU from 2009 to 2015, which included a run to the 2011 Final Four. But since arriving in Austin, Smart hasn’t been able to duplicate that same kind of success in a power conference, going 47-46 overall and 21-29 in Big 12 play.
Last but not least, is West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins, who made sure to note his program would never be named in this type of a scandal, saying:
“You’re never going to see us in there. I think that’s the good news. We don’t get involved in all that nonsense.”
Huggins is one of just 10 coaches ever to reach 800 career wins, and he’s 245-120 since arriving at his alma mater in 2007 and has made the Sweet 16 in two of the past three years. Go Huggy Bear, and go buy this great “Dana Holgorsen/Bob Huggins for office in 2020″ tee shirt.