Yes, that’s shocking. Imagine that college coaches would push the limits of what the NCAA allows, and then blast past it.
Michigan State coach Tom Izzo recently told USA Today that cheating is probably 20 percent of the game, and that, in essence, cheating is involved in 14 of the nation’s top 20 recruits. ESPN announcer Dick Vitale told Louisville TV station WDRB’s Rick Bozich he’s “embarrassed” to be part of the game and thinks a basketball “czar” with the appropriate power is needed to clean up the mess.
It’s human nature, of course, the desire to win and damn the cost. IU faced that reality with what was a much lesser sin -– impermissible phone calls under former coach Kelvin Sampson.
Indiana athletic director Fred Glass has a solution, and if it seems harsh and extreme, well, maybe that’s necessary given the level of corruption that exists.
If that means having subpoena power, so be it.
“If we’re serious about cleaning that up,” Glass said, “we need to have some people who have a real ability to track money and require people to give them the information they need to do that.”
As far as how bad the problem is, Glass didn’t mince words.
“It’s terrible, man. I mean, it’s gross. I always had a sense of how gross it was before I had this job. I have more of a sense now. I think A: because I’m closer to it, and B: it’s gotten worse in the few short years I’ve been here.
“I think it’s a very serious problem that potentially challenges the nature of the game. I applaud the NCAA, the basketball focus group which was formed to take a very aggressive approach with that. I don’t know about czars or not czars, but I think extreme situations call for extreme measures, and we ought to figure out what we can do about it.”
“My perception is worse in basketball than football, but football is catching up with 7 on 7 leagues, all that stuff that’s the corollary of the AAU situation for basketball,” Glass said. “Now in and of itself it isn’t a problem, but it creates a vehicle for a problem.”
Glass was speaking during Thursday night’s final IU Tailgate Tour stop. This one was at Memorial Stadium. He was asked about how the Hoosiers can get out of the mess of having 14 players and 13 scholarships. Was there a way to get out of it, at this point, other than having a player leave/transfer.
Glass’s response: “I don’t know of anything other than the same rules that you know of.”
So now you know.