Peter Vecsey: Six decades later, to the surprise of nobody as little as droopily conscious, college chicanery involving the recruitment of prized HS players, and their families (including AAU coaches, I suspect), continues to run amok. It also continues to be coordinated by one or more bag men/assistants per shady school. They consider it a privilege to muck the head coach’s stall, and perform any other necessary dirty work to gain trust, a promotion or a letter of recommendation. The master plan is to insulate the head coach from prosecution, if not dismissal, should the school’s business be put out on the street.
Peter Vecsey: Had Katina Powell, the madam who’d choreographed the 2015 campus sex parties — that included her two teenaged daughters — not written a book (aptly titled ‘Breaking Cardinal Rules’) about it, the trafficking and prostitution almost certainly would’ve become an annual recruiting tool. Again, out one side of his mouth, Pitino repudiated any culpability, claiming he knew nothing about it. Out the other side, he habitually claimed to know everything that went on within the program. One way or the other, a head coach is strictly accountable for any dishonorable deeds committed by subordinates.
As the college basketball world was shaken by the FBI indictments and Rick Pitino’s ousting at Louisville, Beasley spoke out on the corrupt culture in college basketball. Beasley was a top-5 recruit out of high school who chose to go to college in Manhattan, Kan., without ever visiting the school during his recruitment. This was what he had to say on Wednesday, even adding that he’s personally responsible for the population growth in Manhattan, Kan. He said via Mike Vorkunov: “Man, you guys are just catching on. And that’s all I gotta say.
“My jerseys. They sell my jerseys. Not just me but what about Kentucky and Anthony Davis. USC and O.J. Mayo. Western Kentucky and Courtney Lee. We bring a lot to these schools and we can’t even park in front of the arenas for games. They still make us, as freshmen, park two parking lots away from the dorm rooms in the freezing cold. So do I think that guys need to be compensated for their work? Yes. Because most of us don’t make it to this level. A lot of us don’t make it to the professional level, let alone the NBA. So I do think guys should be getting paid. The NCAA is making billions: not just off basketball but off football and soccer – by the way, golf players get paid. Tennis players get paid. There are athletes getting paid at the college level. We’re just not one of them.”
A third NBA owner said the $2 billion price for the Clippers should be “the starting point” for any expansion team’s entrance fee, whether in Seattle or the handful of other cities considered potential candidates for expansion — Las Vegas, Mexico City, Louisville, Kansas City or even Vancouver, which lost the Grizzlies to Memphis in 2001.