Kevin Haskin: Misconceptions exist, or do they, regarding extent of basketball corruption

Musings: Ties with Adidas could be worth further examination by KU officials

NCAA President Mark Emmert said the NCAA has “no tolerance whatsoever’’ for the behavior alleged in an FBI sting. (File photo/The Associated Press)

Musings at the mid-week:


— One false assumption from the FBI sting that rattled rims and gyms throughout major-college basketball Tuesday was that all coaches were scared stiff.

— Not sure that shady recruiting practices are that universal, though the cesspool does have a deep end.

— No question, directors of athletics were inquiring about any and all recruiting connections.

— When an FBI assistant director warns “we have your playbook,’’ it sends a sobering message to anyone in the profession involved in corruption.

— Tip of the iceberg? Quite possibly.

— When the arrests of four Division I assistants were revealed, ESPN analyst Jay Bilas said further investigation could lead to federal charges for “scores of others.’’

— That could be the result of some singing that goes on among those in trouble.

— Or, it could just be the product of a well-coordinated federal probe.

— If anything, this should at least slow some illegal practices.

— Now that the FBI is involved, and has asked for people to come forward, could the feds delve into football too?

— Imagine, the NCAA was not in on this investigation.

— That did not prevent president Mark Emmert from mentioning the NCAA has “no tolerance whatsoever’’ for the behavior alleged in the charges.

— Sure thing, Prez.

— Meanwhile, the possibility exists for the organization’s cash cow, the NCAA Tournament, to be sullied too if this scandal escalates.

— Yes, Kansas announced last week a contract extension with Adidas worth mega-millions.

— Representatives of the sportswear company were charged with supplying money to the families of some top-rated hoops recruits.

— Too early yet to know what, if any, effect the federal charges could have on KU’s arrangement with Adidas.

— No doubt, though, the FBI allegations detailed in three separate complaints are not a good look for Adidas.

— The Oklahoma State assistant coach arrested and charged in the fraud and corruption case is Lamont Evans, who formerly worked at Kansas State and is a K-State graduate.

— Evans accompanied Brad Underwood, who is now in his first year at Illinois, to Oklahoma State.

— The subject of paying athletes could be renewed quite fervently with this latest mess.

— Separate classifications for football and all other Kansas high school sports grow confusing.

— Especially under the new system that finds Hayden in 4A for all sports this school year, but moving into 3A for next season for football.

— The overall structure for classifications changed, contributing to the Wildcats’ move.

— Still, to read or hear that they are going up against a 6A team as a 3A school is indeed different.

— The new classifications will take time to sink in, though many old rivalries appear intact.

— At this rate, Centennial League teams might be glad Shawnee Heights is leaving.

— Three league titles last year in team sports for the T-Birds and now a 4-0 start in football.

— Not sure I see the competitive imbalance that prompted Heights to move to a KC area-based league beginning in 2018-19.

— Darren Sproles defied odds by overcoming his size and confounding tacklers much larger than him – at Olathe North, Kansas State and in the NFL.

— Suffering two serious injuries on the same play supported, in a sense, those who doubted his durability.

— Except that Sproles confounded the doubters for a long, long time.

— Beth Mowins was the capable ESPN play-by-play announcer saddled with Rex Ryan and Sergio Dipp (not sure which was worse) on NFL’s opening weekend.

— Mowins will call K-State’s game Saturday against Baylor for ESPN 2.

— Wichita State celebrated its entrance into the American Athletic Conference with a public ceremony Monday.

— AAC commissioner Mike Aresco spoke of the boost WSU provides, but also mentioned the desire for the league to break down barriers and forge a Power 6 lineup of major conferences.

— Not sure how that statement flies during an appearance at a school that does not play football.

— WSU does play basketball, though. Quite well. It makes for an interesting argument when predicting where the Shockers will finish in the American.

— A baseball documentary shot in Rossville made it to Cooperstown.

— “Town Teams: Bigger than Baseball’’ was shown Sunday at the Baseball Hall of Fame during its annual film festival.

— The documentary included coaches from the Rossville Rattlers and, well, extras who filled the wonderful old grandstand at Joe Campbell Stadium.

— Baseball, the film posits, became the “social media’’ of its time, connecting citizens through a game the nation loved.

— Back when we preferred to talk. Rather than text or tweet.

Contact Kevin Haskin at or @KevinHaskin on Twitter.



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