The next development in college basketball’s recruiting scandal has arrived. A Yahoo! Sports report on Wednesday morning said the FBI has given the NCAA the go-ahead to investigate the programs in question, which could include the Oregon Ducks.
Oregon, though never involved in federal court charges, were brought up in the opening statements from an attorney for Adidas executive Jim Gatto as having made an ‘astronomical’ offer for recruit Brian Bowen, Jr., who eventually went to Louisville after accepting a $100,000 bribe from agent-runner Christian Dawkins.
Then, phone records obtained by The Oregonian revealed a series of phone calls in May and June of 2017 between Dawkins and Oregon Ducks assistant basketball coach Tony Stubblefield. The content of the calls is not known, but the frequency of communication as well as the timeline seems to put Oregon in a vulnerable position.
The FBI might not have had enough evidence to implicate Oregon, but does the NCAA have enough to bring consequences to Dana Altman and his program? We’ll have to wait and see.
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