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  • @HighEliteMajor You are overlooking the falsified financial documents that were presented to KU to obtain something of value (scholarship). Any use of false information to obtain financial aid, loans, scholarships, etc. violates a number of state and federal statutes. There is your crime, not tied to NCAA rules at all. That is why, if the preparer did not know of the payments and was also duped by the financial plotters (say, if it was done directly by SDS or a parent in Africa), and if that person wasn’t part of the conspiracy, I am not sure the criminal conspiracy could be proven. Big ifs!



  • @mayjay Ok … thanks for the response. Being a little skeptical here. But who filled out the financial documents? It wasn’t the persons charged. They didn’t represent anything under penalty of perjury (assuming those are executed that way). If the player did it, with the guardian, then they would be co-conspirators.

    But more importantly, though, the federal indictment only references the violation of NCAA rules as the basis for the fraud. I do see your logic but it wasn’t charged that way.



  • @mayjay

    Let me ask a quick question. Are elite players given the scholarship based on financial need or scholastic achievement? I was under the impression that scholarships were based on their ability to put the ball through the hoop regardless of financial need as long as they meet the basic admission requirements; Michael Jordan’s kid was given a scholarship despite of his father’s wealth. The only League I know where ALL the scholarships, even sports, are based on financial need alone is the Ivy League. If this is indeed the case, why would they need to submit financial forms? Now, i know that kids that do not get one of the 13 scholarships available can get financial aid but usually those are not the ones that are recipients of under the table money.



  • @jaybate-1.0

    My argument is not that everyone is paying players. My argument is that there is motive for programs to pay players.

    We both have hypotheses that are dependent on willing participation in ventures that are illegal by one or more people. Because of that, I hesitate to cast a wide net saying that everyone absolutely is participating in wrongdoing.

    However, there is motivation there, if not by the coach, then potentially by alumni, boosters, administration, etc.

    The only question I can really address is a possible hypothesis on why a school like DePaul would offer $200K to a recruit. I can’t say that DePaul certainly did do that, or if other, similarly situated schools would, could or have done that. But there’s a fairly straight line between talent and making the NCAA tournament, and just making the tournament is worth quite a bit of money.



  • A lot of public schools require the FAFSA to be filed. Even for athletes who obtained a full-ride. This is for two reasons. 1 - It simplifies the 1098-T filing process to force everyone down one path. And 2 - If an athlete is eligible for any grants, their scholarship would actually only pick up what was remaining in order to save money. I don’t know if KU requries this, but I would presume that they do and that almost every other school does it for those reasons.

    The NCAA Clearinghouse also requires you certify that you have not taken money. In order to be eligible for an athletic scholarship you have to pass through the clearinghouse. By lying there, no doubt that they falsified documents in order to receive a scholarship. So, I’ll take @majay at his word and believe that constitutes a crime.

    I have yet to see how this wasn’t a crime. It’s not worth the FBI’s resources, but it is a crime.



  • @Kcmatt7 Thank you. I had read that but had no clue about the details.



  • Looks like UNC is in trouble again. I am sure they will get a slap on the wrist and be told …bad boys…and that will be it.



  • @JayHawkFanToo Cue up the Get Out Of Jail FREE card in 3…2…1…



  • Hey, I know this is a tad off-topic, but I was thinking out loud, and was wondering if we get in any hot water over Silvio, couldn’t we like self-impose a bowl ban on our football team for the upcoming year, and use that as a self-imposed penalty? I mean, the basketball team has been carrying football for practically every year for almost 100 years … take one for the team, football.

    Literal Reader Alert: This is a sarcasm warning. The above post may not be a literal question.



  • @JayHawkFanToo @KUSTEVE

    Well, I sure hope this puts to rest any persecution complex on our part from thinking that Nike schools are not being thoroughly investigated and, forgive me, brought to Heel.



  • @mayjay I have an autistic son who is very high functioning, and sometimes I kid with him, and he says " Daddy, are you just kidding me"? My thought was…Mayjay, are you just kidding me???..lololol…



  • @mayjay

    Apparently UNC still receiving preferential treatment since the suspensions are early in the season and before conference play starts; they were also allowed to stagger the suspensions to “protect players” or as the rest of the world calls it to minimize the impact of penalties.

    ”UNC was able to request to the NCAA that the suspension of the defensive ends (three of which were listed) be staggered. “Multiple players share the same position, so to protect the health and safety of the students, the NCAA approved a request to stagger certain suspensions,” the UNC release said.”



  • KUSTEVE said:

    Hey, I know this is a tad off-topic, but I was thinking out loud, and was wondering if we get in any hot water over Silvio, couldn’t we like self-impose a bowl ban on our football team for the upcoming year, and use that as a self-imposed penalty? I mean, the basketball team has been carrying football for practically every year for almost 100 years … take one for the team, football.

    PHOF!

    ROTF



  • justanotherfan said:

    @jaybate-1.0

    My argument is not that everyone is paying players. My argument is that there is motive for programs to pay players.

    We both have hypotheses that are dependent on willing participation in ventures that are illegal by one or more people. Because of that, I hesitate to cast a wide net saying that everyone absolutely is participating in wrongdoing.

    However, there is motivation there, if not by the coach, then potentially by alumni, boosters, administration, etc.

    The only question I can really address is a possible hypothesis on why a school like DePaul would offer $200K to a recruit. I can’t say that DePaul certainly did do that, or if other, similarly situated schools would, could or have done that. But there’s a fairly straight line between talent and making the NCAA tournament, and just making the tournament is worth quite a bit of money.

    ————————

    When I offered my hypothesis, it was not clear to me that paying players to point shave actually was a felony?

    Could some legal esquires weigh in on this?

    Is it illegal to pay amateurs to point shave, or is something else related to doing it illegal?



  • @jaybate-1.0 I think it could implicate everything from conspiracy to manipulate a sporting contest to illegal interstate gambling to illegal wire communications to fraud to RICO, depending on who is doing it and how it is done. This definition from USLegal.com gives a hint:

    Shaving is the illegal practice of deliberately limiting the number of points scored by one’s team in an athletic contest, as in return for a payment from gamblers to ensure winnings. It is collaboration between athletes and gamblers to commit criminal sports wagering by manipulating the scores of sporting events such as basketball and football. Athletes are bribed to make the scores between teams closer than they would be otherwise so that the point margin is less than the point spread estimated by oddsmakers.



  • @mayjay

    Thanks so much for the assist.

    I am so glad there is such a Federal law on the books specifically criminalizing such behavior.

    So: I will withdraw my hypothesis, because even it were to capture some substance, I like to leave analysis of criminal activity to legal professionals and law enforcement officials.

    Rock Chalk!!



  • @mayjay Ok, this is off the beaten path a bit, but I’ve always wondered this about point shaving…OK, let’s say you have a player that ISN’T point shaving…in fact, he’s doing the opposite…he’s hitting every shot, every time, and he is helping his team not only win, but helping covering the spread. Why shouldn’t he be charged with a crime because he is intentionally helping the people who bet on his team to win and cover? Why do they only charge the guys that help the team lose, and not the ones that help the team win?

    Note: Literal Reader’s Alert: The above post may actually not be a real question, but may be a feeble attempt at humor.



  • BTW, the Literal Reader’s Alert is not meant for any individual posting on these boards in particular. If I get fact checked by Snopes, i want to have plausible deniability.



  • @KUSTEVE ahhhh you should change your identity 🤣👀



  • @KUSTEVE I actually have heard that question before, even if you were being facetious. Since a player’s job on offense is to score, no one usually cares. BUT… (there is always a but)…

    If a coach puts his starters back in the game with a 20 point lead with 2 mins left after sitting out much of the 2nd half, and if they run fast breaks nonstop and score enough points to beat a 31 point spread, there might at least be some questions asked.



  • @Crimsonorblue22 Undercover Jethro?



  • @mayjay You have a point, your Honor.



  • @mayjay Questions wouldn’t be asked of the players in that situation though, they would be investigating the coach and what a coach was doing to be in a position to need to do something like that.



  • Has there been a case of point shaving in college basketball that wasn’t tied to organized crime somehow before?



  • There is a reason why it is called point shaving, it is much easier to purposefully miss shots than to make them. A player can easily “miss” a couple of shot or free throws as needed to manage the spread but there is no guarantee that a player can make a needed shot to beat the spread. Most of the fixed games are those in which a point or two would make a difference and not those with large spreads.

    Vegas has now sophisticated algorithms that are constantly looking for changes in betting patterns so point shaving and any type of cheating of any significance are quickly detected and this is why we have not had many incidents in recent years. In any case, the more recent point shaving incidents involving Northwestern, Arizona State, San Diego State and Donaghy in the NBA involved relatively small amounts and the penalties were also light, typically under 2 years and most just months. One would suspect that the “off the record” penalties doled out by gambling interests were likely more severe.



  • @JayHawkFanToo And most sports books reserve the right to cancel bets and return them if there are serious indicia of shaving, especially if they see unusual activity on their platform or other legitimate books. Actually, that is a factor strongly in favor of allowing legalized gambling. Bookies are not likely to be that willing to part with money and certainly won’t share betting info.



  • To piggyback off @mayjay, events are regularly pulled off the book if irregularities are spotted. Soccer and tennis matches are frequently pulled in Europe because of this. Every now and then a college basketball game will be pulled if a large amount of money starts flowing in randomly into a certain bet, with no money flowing the opposite way.



  • @mayjay I like to tell the story on that issue …it would’ve been around 1993, and 1994, and I was going through my degenerate gambling phase, and I had paid a service 50 bucks for some winners in college bb. This guy tells me bet everything you can on Kent St, who were like 6 point underdogs, so I made a very large bet on Kent St. Kent St wins by over 40. To this day, I think that game was rigged. Just the way the guy from the service talked about the game left me with that feeling.



  • @KUSTEVE I would not be shocked in the least to see smaller CFB and CBB rigged from time to time.



  • @Kcmatt7 As I recall, I think they were playing Bowling Green. My normal bet back then was 100 bucks, and I bet 1,000 on that game. The bookie was not happy…



  • @KUSTEVE

    The lines for smaller conferences used to be off quite a bit because they were not always consistently updated since there wasn’t much action on the line.

    If you caught a line that was off, you could sometimes slip in a bet before the book adjusted the line. For years there were some professional gamblers that would follow mid major basketball lines just to catch one or two that were off, then bet hard on them.

    Vegas is better about that now, but every now and then, you can still catch a bad line.



  • @justanotherfan CFB, week 2. That is the best time to catch a bad line right now. Vegas uses data from the year before still to set their lines. So as long as you are paying attention just even a little bit, you can get some easy money.



  • @justanotherfan Back then it was real spotty to get info on the scores. I remember Kent state was only ahead by 5 at halftime, so I remember gulping for sure. The second half was just a slaughter.



  • @KUSTEVE

    I was curious to see if I could figure out which game you were talking about, and I can actually see why that Kent State game had the line it did.

    I couldn’t find the exact game because Kent State didn’t have any wins over 40, but they certainly had a habit in those two years of getting blown out, or blowing people out.

    In 1993-94, they won 5 games by 15 or more, but also lost 5 games by 15 or more (no surprise, they finished almost .500, going 13-14). In one bizarre three game stretch, which I think is where you probably bet on them, they lost to Ball State by 5, then lost to Miami (OH) by 29, only to follow that up by beating Western Michigan by 18 four days later. Western Michigan was 11-5 coming into that game, but went 3-9 down the stretch to finish 14-14.

    I don’t know what happened, but I think that was the game you bet on because Western Michigan, going into that game, was almost certainly believed to be better than 8-7 Kent State, who had just gotten the doors blown off them earlier that week, so I can see Vegas giving them the line, but Kent State was at home, so a win wasn’t out of the question. Still, that’s a pretty cool story to have.



  • @justanotherfan You’re trusting my memory. That’s probably the first mistake…lol. I think it was Kent St. But it could’ve been Western Michigan. I just know it was a 2nd half avalanche. I am almost positive it was the Mac conference. It was two teams that I knew nothing about, didn’t know any of their players, but the way the 2nd half played out made me believe the losing team tanked. It was like a 5 point lead at half time that turned into a 30-40 point blow out. Back then, you couldn’t get real time updates, so I remember sweating the s*** out of that game because a Grand was a whole bunch of money to play for me. The final score was unbelievable.



  • As a side note, which is kind of funny, when I settled up with the book, he told me the max bet from then on for any college bb game was 500…lmao.


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