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Wednesday’s Scandal Update

Court appearances by coaches and players hiring lawyers are the top items.

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NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 09: Louisville Cardinals mascot performs during the Quarterfinals of the ACC Basketball Tournament at the Barclays Center on March 9, 2017 in New York City.
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In the latest scandal news, three of the coaches who have been indicted, along with Adidas’s Merl Code and clothier Rashan Michel, were in court on Tuesday (the fourth coach will appear Thursday). Dan Wetzel says that the defendants, perhaps for the first time, came to grips with what a grave legal situation they are in.

We should point out that while a couple of players are in the crosshairs, no one from AAU basketball has yet been indicted. Just food for thought.

Also, check out this passage from the link above: “One former high-major college coach who retains deep connections in the business said he believes the case will lead to 40 to 50 job openings for head and assistant coaches by the spring.“

That’s incredible.

What that could also mean is the greatest movement of assistant coaches to head coaches in the history of the game.

It’ll mean guys who have been out for awhile getting back in. It’ll mean emergency calls to Seth Greenberg, Tom Crean, John Thompson and others.

It’ll mean insane offers to Billy Donovan and any NBA guys who get fired this year.

And it could mean that Jeff Capel, Nate James and Jon Scheyer get amazingly attractive offers by next year.

Meanwhile, Arizona’s Jahvon Quinerly has retained an attorney, perhaps prophylactically, perhaps not.

Former Maryland star John Lucas checks in and says, among other things, that he’s sure money flows to D-II players as well.

Back East, at Louisville, the university felt a need to increase security for interim President Greg Postel after “hostile comments” online raised concerns.

And you have to feel a bit bad for David Padgett since none of this is his fault. For a time he was running practice by himself (he deputized a couple of guys to help out but NCAA rules limit his options there) and has to coordinate recruiting despite limited experience. It’s going to be very tough to recruit going forward.

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