1. Did I just witness an entire ScoopTalk with no mention of Romeo Langford?

    All kidding aside, Romeo’s attitude continues to impress. He is playing team ball and seems as dialed into winning as everyone. When not scoring he’s still going fiercely after boards and defending to his utmost. His unselfish game is winning over a lot of fans right now…..He’s playing the game like a true professional.

  2. Could the stars be aligning for IU basketball once again???

    Off subject of IU win LSU wire tap…another example of out of perspective on sports. In this case college sports. I was looking at examples of those who were convicted of illegal recruiting and accepting money activities (not necessarily coaches but liaisons). Sentences were something like prison terms of 3 months, 5 months, and 6 months respectively.
    There is so much going on and widespread that it is impossible for agencies like fbi and other agencies to keep up with as long as there is so much money on the business end in the major sports. All the time and effort spent for very minimal punishment and one in a hundreds of situations from shoe/merchandise companies, executives, middle men, college administrators, coaches and whoever else could be included. Maybe, colleges and universities should do what professional sports does (NBA and NFL). Just make all illegal activity legal. Example of this is rights to merchandising that creates a monopoly eliminating fair competition. The hypocrisy is fair competition is what sports are suppose to be about. That is just one example among many. Free market is laughable.

  3. t- I lost interest in the FBI investigation into college basketball. We are at a point where those in power have so much financial backing that mounting a legal charge against corruption is usually a fruitless effort.
    If any ‘average’ citizen would commit the sort of financial crimes and tax evasion schemes(essentially tearing up our tax returns) of those we witness in the news today, we’d spend decades behind bars. A judge treats the thievery of millions upon millions cheated from the American people of fair tax representation as if it was the same crime as failure to report interest earnings on a $1000 savings account. The rich are so deeply imbedded into business, sports and politics that their will never be fair representation or competition ever again. Cynical and resigned? Yes.

    There will be no taxation without representation? Tell me where the average American is represented when obscene financial criminals are given light sentences(all in the backdrop of overflowing prisons and disproportionate sentences against minorities, etc).

    But unemployment is down, t! Everybody is working…while buried in debt because pay never kept up near the pace with the soaring wealth at the top and soaring inflation impacting the other 90% over the last 50 years. You’re working three jobs(imprisoned to a endless deep well of work and debt with no chance to climb out)…while the corporate tycoon turned financial criminal against so-called “laws” will stay in his Hilton Garden Inn Prison….and be out before the next presidential election.

  4. Back to basketball…The stars could be aligning, t. ….and it rhymes with Phinisee. Houston, we have a point guard.

    I know Romeo is leaving….but if there ever was a salient single factor emerging to make banners in the next three years more than a pipe dream, it is the brilliant play of our rising star at the point guard position. I thought Phinisee was more than “pedestrian” early in the season, but I didn’t believe he had the amount of game, mastery, pace and poise he’s been demonstrating in these last couple weeks. And his defense and court awareness has been beyond spectacular. Add in one more perimeter threat…and some additional inside play…and Romeo has a real shot at being a part of a truly special college basketball team.

    With or without Romeo in the following years ahead, a healthy Phinisee has turned true promise from dread. Not seen a guard so confident with the ball and with probing defenses since Buckner. He is a true conductor and a true orchestrator. And Phinisee’s defense has been spectacular as well. That sort of point guard play is a ‘must ingredient’ of a championship run.

  5. I always thought RP seemed to be focused and he was solid physically. To me he has very good or excellent strength. I thought this from the very start. As he started from freshman season playing and going through an injury to now he is what you might call a sophomore so to speak. RP has pretty much a regular season worth of experience on IU basketball team minus end of season post season tournaments experience.

  6. Sorry t, but I disagree. You don’t make all illegal activities legal, you eliminate the one-and-done rule, make scholarships cover the entire cost of attending college, and then you make the penalties for cheating really harsh and severe. A school sports program that cheats gets the “death penalty,” like SMU Football did for five years. Coaches that cheat get huge fines and banned from coaching in college for life. You may never eliminate all cheating, but enforcing those types of penalties would make severe cheating almost non-existent. We’ve become too tolerant of scum bag cheaters in sports and we as the sports consumers are getting what we deserve.

  7. Po. I was being sarcastic. However, my point is that making illegal things legal is exactly what is happening in many instances. It is reality. Yes, getting what is deserved in this example is the sports drug addiction by pretty much all of us. The problem with severe penalties etc are those in charge are a part of the King Pin society who is in charge of implementation of such consequences. It is as much of the game as the sport itself. It has infiltrated from Pro to College to High School to even Younger kids and respective Moms and Dads and Families.

  8. t, much of what you say is correct. But you have to look at the base cause of the illegal behavior. All these Power-five schools are competing for the elite athletes that are likely to be professional players. Eliminate the one-and-done rule in basketball and many of those kids will go directly to the NBA, thus eliminating the opportunity to cheat. Make sure that an athletic scholarship covers the entire cost of going to college, so that kids won’t be under pressure to get under-the-table money just to make ends meet. And then lastly, create a much greater “pucker factor” for University Presidents, Boards of Directors on down to AD’s and all the coaches. You implement penalties for cheating that are so severe no one in their right mind would risk it, because the cost to the University and the individuals involved would be far greater than the potential benefits realized. If you’re a coach making a big 7-digit annual income on a multi-year contract, are you going to risk losing your occupation and all that income for life because you cheated to get a kid’s services for a year or two? If you’re an AD, are you going to be so lax in your oversight of your coaching staff that you put your school at risk of losing a major sports program for five or more years? Imagine the disaster it would have been if UNC’s Basketball program had received the death penalty for the decade-long academic fraud that went on there? You shot down a program like that once or twice, and most of the cheating would come to an abrupt end.

  9. I don’t like the one and done rule either. Yes, I am for the stiffest penalties to make things in its purest existence. However, its naive to think what I call a Kingpin society who include rule and lawmakers to think all things are above board. Let’s assume Po, all those punishments and things you note were actually the law. Example: in North Carolina case they would probably be found not guilty and all charges dropped. Plus if no more one and done and again all the things you mention Po were implemented or law and if money potential is there other ways unheard of would be invented and created to cheat. It is just man at his Bernie Madoff best among others. Catch one and there is always another to take his place in his own scheme.

  10. Cheaters need more ‘situational awareness.’

    I’m from the camp that doesn’t believe removing the one-and-done changes much. I honestly don’t think that many more kids go straight out of high school to college. College gives you a stage…and dames. And college gives the NBA a superb marketing platform. Because of that platform, even without the one-and-done, they will not heavily pursue the high school talent for a ticket punched due to destruction of so many marketing avenues/dollars/free advertising.

    I would rather see the “testing the NBA waters” camps/combines removed.
    There is plenty of season for informed decisions…and I don’t think coaches or programs should have to put rosters on hold.

  11. The one and done is an NBA rule not a college rule. The NBA wanted to have a year of college to evaluate players.

    Not sure what colleges can do about it. You can’t force a kid to stay in school after their freshman year.

  12. Exactly…Personally, I don’t think removal of the NBA imposed rule would make much difference. I still think the majority of top stars would go to college for a year….and I think the NBA would put in place less guarantees(contracts, etc) to still encourage the avenue(college) because the college game promotes the NBA far more than they could ever accomplish without freshman playing at universities.
    It’s a lot of noise about nothing.

  13. Interesting emotional address to the Arizona fans by Sean Miller. Speculation is amping up. Subpoenas coming in April…


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