Since October, college basketball fans have been waiting for more information on an investigation into illegal benefits received by athletes at some of the biggest names in college basketball. Thursday, Yahoo! Sports named several players that have allegedly received illegal monetary compensation. Here is everything you need to know, as a Syracuse fan, about the most recent development in this story.
No Syracuse Players Have Been Named… Yet
The Yahoo article included a picture of a document, allegedly from the agency ASM, of student-athletes next to a column titled “amount of loan” complete with a wide variety of dollar amounts. The good news is that no current or former Syracuse players are typed onto this list with a dollar amount. However, former Syracuse guard John Gillon’s name is hand-written at the bottom of the document but there is no dollar amount next to his name. Gillon is represented by ASM and it is possible that is the only reason his name is on this list. It is also possible that his name was added as an afterthought and the dollar amount he received was just not listed. It is again also possible that Gillon did receive illegal compensation but it was while he was at either Arkansas-Little Rock or Colorado State.
Some Big Boys Were Named… Including Syracuse’s Next Opponent
Some of the biggest schools in college basketball have been implicated. UNC, Kansas, Michigan State and Duke have all been named as schools who have had players implicated. Michigan State’s Miles Bridges was named and Duke’s Wendell Carter. Yes, current Duke player Wendall Carter, who is averaging 14.5 points and 9.5 rebounds in about 28 minutes per game. There is no word on what this whole thing means for Carter’s availability for Saturday’s crucial clash at Cameron Indoor. No formal NCAA charges have been filed against Duke, Carter or anyone involved in this mess. The documents obtained by Yahoo have not been officially confirmed by the agency or anyone involved. It is hard to see the NCAA ruling that Carter is illegible by the time the game starts Saturday, but it is also possible that Duke elects to hold him out while this whole process sorts itself out. The Blue Devils will already likely be without freshman star Marvin Bagley III who has missed the last five games with a knee injury. Only time will tell and Syracuse fans will just have to wait to see who is eligible for Duke.