Baylor is among 29 colleges that have conducted an internal review of compliance within their men’s basketball programs in response to a federal corruption scandal, according to a survey by the Associated Press.
The AP polled 84 top universities on whether they have conducted their own internal reviews of their men’s basketball programs. Twenty-nine schools responded that they have conducted internal reviews, including Big 12 schools Baylor, Kansas, TCU, Kansas State, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.
Baylor athletic director Mack Rhoades said the university found no issues related to the investigation in men’s basketball coach Scott Drew’s program.
“When the indictment was announced, we had our compliance office conduct an internal review,” Rhoades said. “We took all the names implicated and made sure they didn’t appear in any of our database systems. We didn’t find anything. As of this date, we haven’t received any subpoena or inquiry from the FBI. We certainly have great faith in how Scott and his staff conduct the program.”
On Sept. 26, federal prosecutors announced charges of fraud and corruption in college basketball, including charges against assistant coaches at Oklahoma State, Auburn, Arizona and USC.
They were among 10 people charged in New York City federal court, which included managers, financial advisers and representatives of Adidas. The probe revealed numerous instances of bribes paid by athlete advisers to assistant and associate basketball coaches to exert influence over student athletes.
Louisville men’s basketball head coach Rick Pitino was ousted by the university after the FBI alleged in a criminal complaint that coaches with the program participated in a scheme to pay a recruit’s family.
In addition to the 29 schools that said they had conducted internal reviews in their men’s basketball programs, another 35 schools and the Big East Conference said they were not specifically responding to the federal probe. But many of the “no” responses came with the caveat that the school’s athletic department is always reviewing its compliance.
Twenty schools declined to respond to the AP’s survey, including one university that declined to respond on the record but acknowledged privately that it was reviewing its program because of the probe.
The vast majority of schools surveyed have shoe deals with Nike, Adidas or Under Armour.
When asked about the NCAA basketball scandal last week, Drew said: “First of all, I think every college coach is disappointed, because we always want our game and what we love to do to be shown in a positive light. So that’s unfortunate. At the same time, there’s a lot of good that goes on with our game. There’s a lot of young people that get degrees and become successful and do it the right way. We just try to make sure that the good gets accented more than the negative.”