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    Quote Originally Posted by UKMustangFan View Post
    So Sean Miller is going to be fired in a matter of hours...Wow
    Fixed that for you...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jumper_Dad View Post
    Fixed that for you...
    Haha probably should say minutes honestly

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    Caught red handed. You can argue a ledger, you can’t argue a recorded phone call.

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    Sean Miller is done

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrantNKY View Post
    You dont think the university would make more money selling jerseys with Bluiett or Macura on the back than they would a jersey with just 5 or 55 on the back?
    Sure they can. That is not what I'm talking about. They shoudn't be in that business.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 00Rocket28 View Post
    This may have already been said, but....

    I’m disappointed the feds are wasting resources on this stuff, meanwhile they’re ignoring tips on school shooters.
    I’ve heard this line a few times today and I’m kinda shocked you are one to bring it up given your occupation. You do know that the FBI has different divisions, right? Like the division investigating this is probably some white collar division or something that has no part, at all, of investigating school shooters.

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    Emails in hoops corruption case show sport'''s underbelly

    Ouch. Getting worse

    When Dawkins wasn’t spending his time trying to broker college deals, he was babysitting NBA clients and cultivating relationships with teenage players. In the emails, there were concerns about NBA rookie Brice Johnson: “I do think Brice posting every 15 minutes on social media about his girlfriend doesn’t help him with the team.” And there was family drama surrounding professional client K.J. McDaniels: “The mom got into a fight with the kids dad and hit him in head with a broom until it broke. She got arrested earlier today. She should be out tomo [sic].”

    While on the summer basketball circuit, Dawkins kept his bosses updated on his efforts to recruit the next generation of potential stars. That’s why he reached out to Udo-Ema, a powerbroker who influences much of the talent on the Adidas circuit in Southern California. In the emails, Dawkins is focused on the incoming freshmen in 2016-17 who projected as one-and-done college players. That included eventual No. 1 NBA draft pick, Markelle Fultz, who played at Washington.

    “Markelle fultz meeting was good,” Dawkins wrote to his supervisors on Aug. 20, 2016. “Kid, mom and Keith Williams [Fultz’s workout coach and advisor] came and met with Matt Mirchin from under armour and Ron Johnson. … Keith said I should try to be in Seattle as much as possible with the kid.” (The previous month in an email, Dawkins noted that Fultz projected as the No. 1 pick and was contemplating playing professionally overseas. “What would be the marketplace this late?” Dawkins wrote in an email.)

    In the same email, Dawkins summarized a meeting with Apples Jones, the mother of Kansas’ Josh Jackson and a self-styled AAU entrepreneur: “His situation is going to get done at the very end. UA is giving her 10k a month and she’s also getting paid by adidas now — so she’s plenty taken care of. She actually works all of under armours events now and talks to the parents as a “advisor”. I do think she’s honest when she says she has only spoken with (agent) Bj Armstrong at this point. After further dialog I don’t think Duffy will be in there — but you can’t count him out ever. We will have to discuss how we will handle the moms boyfriend moving forward.” (A Kansas official pointed to their statement earlier Friday).

    Jones started her own AAU program, funded by Under Armour, when Jackson was in high school. It’s unclear why she also allegedly got paid by Adidas. As for taking care of “moms boyfriend,” an item in Dawkins’ expense report from two months earlier shows an expenditure of $367.01 at a Candlewood Suites with the description, “Room for Josh Jackson stepdad.” As Yahoo Sports reported earlier Friday, Dawkins’ expense reports also list two cash advances to Jones totaling $2,700. (Jones denied taking anything from Miller or Dawkins to ESPN on Friday afternoon).

    The incoming freshman in 2016 who appeared of primary interest to Dawkins was Michigan State’s Miles Bridges. The two hail from nearby cities — Dawkins from Saginaw, Michigan, and Bridges from Flint — and documents indicate that Dawkins spent considerable time in contact with the Bridges family and with Spartans assistant coach Dwayne Stephens.

    In May 2016, Dawkins’ expense reports list a dinner with Bridges’ parents, and also a $400 ATM withdrawal labeled as “Miles Bridges mom advance.” In the two months of Dawkins’ emails viewed by Yahoo Sports, Dawkins frequently listed Cynthia Bridges as someone he planned to contact. And a July 27 email said he had a “late night” meeting arranged with Miles Bridges.

    The next day, July 28, a Dawkins email summarizing the Nike Skills Academy in California reviewed the performance of four college players he labeled “our guys.” Bridges was among them, as were Clemson’s Jaron Blossomgame, Xavier’s Edmond Sumner and Iowa State’s Monte Morris. Blossomgame, Sumner and Morris received impermissible benefits from Dawkins, according to his expense reports.

    As it would turn out, ASM Sports did sign Blossomgame and Sumner when they officially turned pro. But later on July 28, Dawkins was already thinking ahead. He planned to call or text Steve Reed, who works in the financial industry. As always, he was searching for the next deal. Dawkins wrote: “Have to start getting on advances for our clients.”

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    For the record, I was a fan of the Steroid Era of baseball. That is context for my point here, I DON’T care. I just want entertainment and the best players make the most entertaining plays. Every program with great players has this issue. It comes with the territory. Why is the FBI involved in this? Do something more productive. Let the athletes get paid their market value. Quit with this whole stupid charade of amateurism.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nkuclubbaseball19 View Post
    Iíve heard this line a few times today and Iím kinda shocked you are one to bring it up given your occupation. You do know that the FBI has different divisions, right? Like the division investigating this is probably some white collar division or something that has no part, at all, of investigating school shooters.
    Still an absolute waste of resources. Let the NCAA investigate this stuff in their own time and dime.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tcjkbt View Post
    Sure they can. That is not what I'm talking about. They shoudn't be in that business.
    Why shouldn’t they? Universities are a for profit business first and foremost. I think people forget that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wireman View Post
    Emails in hoops corruption case show sport'''s underbelly

    Ouch. Getting worse

    When Dawkins wasn’t spending his time trying to broker college deals, he was babysitting NBA clients and cultivating relationships with teenage players. In the emails, there were concerns about NBA rookie Brice Johnson: “I do think Brice posting every 15 minutes on social media about his girlfriend doesn’t help him with the team.” And there was family drama surrounding professional client K.J. McDaniels: “The mom got into a fight with the kids dad and hit him in head with a broom until it broke. She got arrested earlier today. She should be out tomo [sic].”

    While on the summer basketball circuit, Dawkins kept his bosses updated on his efforts to recruit the next generation of potential stars. That’s why he reached out to Udo-Ema, a powerbroker who influences much of the talent on the Adidas circuit in Southern California. In the emails, Dawkins is focused on the incoming freshmen in 2016-17 who projected as one-and-done college players. That included eventual No. 1 NBA draft pick, Markelle Fultz, who played at Washington.

    “Markelle fultz meeting was good,” Dawkins wrote to his supervisors on Aug. 20, 2016. “Kid, mom and Keith Williams [Fultz’s workout coach and advisor] came and met with Matt Mirchin from under armour and Ron Johnson. … Keith said I should try to be in Seattle as much as possible with the kid.” (The previous month in an email, Dawkins noted that Fultz projected as the No. 1 pick and was contemplating playing professionally overseas. “What would be the marketplace this late?” Dawkins wrote in an email.)

    In the same email, Dawkins summarized a meeting with Apples Jones, the mother of Kansas’ Josh Jackson and a self-styled AAU entrepreneur: “His situation is going to get done at the very end. UA is giving her 10k a month and she’s also getting paid by adidas now — so she’s plenty taken care of. She actually works all of under armours events now and talks to the parents as a “advisor”. I do think she’s honest when she says she has only spoken with (agent) Bj Armstrong at this point. After further dialog I don’t think Duffy will be in there — but you can’t count him out ever. We will have to discuss how we will handle the moms boyfriend moving forward.” (A Kansas official pointed to their statement earlier Friday).

    Jones started her own AAU program, funded by Under Armour, when Jackson was in high school. It’s unclear why she also allegedly got paid by Adidas. As for taking care of “moms boyfriend,” an item in Dawkins’ expense report from two months earlier shows an expenditure of $367.01 at a Candlewood Suites with the description, “Room for Josh Jackson stepdad.” As Yahoo Sports reported earlier Friday, Dawkins’ expense reports also list two cash advances to Jones totaling $2,700. (Jones denied taking anything from Miller or Dawkins to ESPN on Friday afternoon).

    The incoming freshman in 2016 who appeared of primary interest to Dawkins was Michigan State’s Miles Bridges. The two hail from nearby cities — Dawkins from Saginaw, Michigan, and Bridges from Flint — and documents indicate that Dawkins spent considerable time in contact with the Bridges family and with Spartans assistant coach Dwayne Stephens.

    In May 2016, Dawkins’ expense reports list a dinner with Bridges’ parents, and also a $400 ATM withdrawal labeled as “Miles Bridges mom advance.” In the two months of Dawkins’ emails viewed by Yahoo Sports, Dawkins frequently listed Cynthia Bridges as someone he planned to contact. And a July 27 email said he had a “late night” meeting arranged with Miles Bridges.

    The next day, July 28, a Dawkins email summarizing the Nike Skills Academy in California reviewed the performance of four college players he labeled “our guys.” Bridges was among them, as were Clemson’s Jaron Blossomgame, Xavier’s Edmond Sumner and Iowa State’s Monte Morris. Blossomgame, Sumner and Morris received impermissible benefits from Dawkins, according to his expense reports.

    As it would turn out, ASM Sports did sign Blossomgame and Sumner when they officially turned pro. But later on July 28, Dawkins was already thinking ahead. He planned to call or text Steve Reed, who works in the financial industry. As always, he was searching for the next deal. Dawkins wrote: “Have to start getting on advances for our clients.”
    Is it possible to get a TLDR version of that please?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MentschTrachtGottLacht View Post
    $40,000 (less at some, more at others) is nothing? You realize athletic departments pay the school for each scholarship student, right? You can't pay some kids and not others, that is a Title IX issue. Athletic Departments, almost always, don't make near enough to cover their budget already.
    Daughters softball coach told me that it costs them about $30K every time they fly. They play in the ACC, so they fly A LOT. I can assure everyone here that SU’s softball program does NOT generate that kind of money. Thank you Orange basketball and football.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MentschTrachtGottLacht View Post
    Athletes can earn money in College in jobs. They all make money in the summer working camps. They also getting stipends for spending money from the school, did you get spending / grocery money from the Dean? I doubt it.
    I also wasnít one of the best in the country at anything. It is ridiculous that college athletes canít get market value for the use of their likeness. Give the athlete the option (bc in truth we are talking about a very select few) to take the scholarship or take image rights. You canít have both. Title IX issues fixed bc EVERY athlete has the right to that choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mexitucky View Post
    For the record, I was a fan of the Steroid Era of baseball. That is context for my point here, I DON’T care. I just want entertainment and the best players make the most entertaining plays. Every program with great players has this issue. It comes with the territory. Why is the FBI involved in this? Do something more productive. Let the athletes get paid their market value. Quit with this whole stupid charade of amateurism.
    While I do disagree on steroids because it is a PED that isn’t exactly the best thing for your body so there would be players who choose not to take steroids if it were allowed because of those harmful effects so I don’t think they should be punished for that and that wouldn’t exactly be an even playing field. Everything else I agree with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mexitucky View Post
    Still an absolute waste of resources. Let the NCAA investigate this stuff in their own time and dime.
    I can agree with this. My disagreement or point of contention was that the FBI’s involvement in this hinders their ability to stop school shootings. It doesn’t. At all.

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