One week ago the NCAA came out with the penalties for the Oklahoma State basketball program. As I wrote, in Oklahoma State Receives Postseason Ban, this is very heartbreaking for the Pokes, but they might not be the only team. Several schools, like Oklahoma State, face NCAA violations for coaches accepting bribes. The question is will the NCAA hit them as hard as they hit the Cowboys.
Auburn, Arizona, and USC are the three schools that had assistant coaches accept bribes. All 3 are big name schools who’s basketball programs are on fire as of late.
Auburn coming off a Final Four appearance in 2019, seems to becoming an extremely high level program. Bruce Pearl also brings in the #8 recruiting class, so like Oklahoma State these high level players will most definitely have dreams to go win a National Championship, and receiving a ban could force the Tigers to lose this great recruiting class.
Sean Miller somehow is still alive at Arizona and being hit with a punishment that is likely to come could very well be the end for him. Arizona, with the #5 recruiting class, and transfer point guard James Akinjo could be set up for a great year with a sure NCAA Tournament birth. A postseason ban for Arizona could cause big changes to the program.
Andy Enfield is putting things together at USC after having a great offseason in the transfer market. They bring in the #3 player in the class of 2020, Evan Mobley, and like Oklahoma State and Cade Cunningham, family connections helped get him there, so a postseason ban might not force him out but it’ll definitely ruin the chances of USC’s climb.
If the NCAA doesn’t hit these schools with penalties similar to Oklahoma State, the Pokes who appealed the ruling will have a much better shot at winning the appeal. If they lose the appeal and no other programs receive a penalty, I would fully expect a major lawsuit to be filed towards the NCAA.