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.
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