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Sources: NCAA actively looking into Salinas case

Posted on: July 20, 2011 12:13 pm
Edited on: July 20, 2011 12:34 pm
By Gary Parrish and Jeff Goodman

The NCAA is actively looking into connections between the college coaches who invested money with David Salinas and the prospects from his summer basketball program who went on to play for them, multiple sources have told This contradicts a report from Andy Katz stating that "a high-ranking source with direct knowledge of the NCAA's interest in the case told that the coaches invested money in the alleged scheme but that it isn't an NCAA issue."

"Of course it's an NCAA issue," one source told's Jeff Goodman. "The NCAA is already looking into it. Why wouldn't they?"

Salinas committed suicide at his Houston-area home Sunday amid an investigation into his businesses by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. was the first to report Salinas' death and how the investigation centered around fraudulent investments that have cost college basketball coaches who invested with Salinas (in possible violation of NCAA rules) millions of dollars. The list of coaches confirmed Sunday who had invested with Salinas included former Arizona coach Lute Olson, Baylor coach Scott Drew, Texas Tech coach Billy Gillispie, former Utah coach and current Gonzaga assistant Ray Giacoletti, Nebraska coach Doc Sadler, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi coach Willis Wilson, former Houston and Nevada coach Pat Foster, former Nebraska coach and current United States Merchant Marine Academy coach Danny Nee and Augustana College coach Grey Giovanine.'s Pablo Torre added details to the story on Tuesday when he reported Gonzaga coach Mark Few and former Rice, Wichita State and Cornell basketball coach Scott Thompson also invested with Salinas. That brings the number of college basketball coaches known to have invested with Salinas to 11. According to's Rob Dauster, at least nine prospects who played for Salinas' Houston Select summer basketball program went on to play for one of those 11 coaches in college.

"So now the NCAA is trying to determine if the coaches who invested with Salinas gained a recruiting advantage," a source told "When was the money invested? When did they get the players? The NCAA is trying to connect the dots and see if they can determine if the coaches who invested gained a recruiting advantage when it came to pursuing Salinas' players."

Former Houston coach Tom Penders told The Daily's Dan Wolken on Monday that Salinas solicited him for a $100,000 investment in their first meeting and “made a strong, strong implication” that it would help him gain access to prospects that were part of the Houston Select program. Another coach who was also solicited but, like Penders, did not invest with Salinas told's Gary Parrish he believes most, if not all, of the coaches involved knew there was a recruiting advantage to be gained because, he asked, why else would they invest with him?

"I invest my money with billionaires -- not AAU coaches," the coach said. "If they lost all their money, those guys got what they deserve."

Moses Malone Jr., a former Houston Select player and the son of Hall of Famer Moses Malone, told a Houston television station on Tuesday that he was questioned by an NCAA investigator on Monday and Tuesday about's initial report.

"[Salinas] was helping a lot of impoverished kids get scholarships, but not everything that he was doing was legal," Malone told Fox 26 Sports' Mark Berman. "It just wasn't."
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Since: Apr 22, 2009
Posted on: July 21, 2011 11:29 pm

Sources: NCAA actively looking into Salinas case

Hey drps! Get your shot and the drp will stop!  You are not ALLOWED to talk about ANY college football team until PITT gets their OWN place to play.  GO BUCKS!

Since: Apr 22, 2009
Posted on: July 21, 2011 11:23 pm

Sources: NCAA actively looking into Salinas case

When I was a kid about the only traveling baseball team that was around was the American Legion program and maybe just a few more.  In basketball there were limited camps to go to (5 Star Camp).  Now it seems like every parent BELIEVES their kid is the next Jordan, Bryant, and even LeBum. I attended some "travel team" games and I swear I believe that I could play on some of these teams (I'am 5'7",  going to be 50 and overweight).  I beat 3 kids that were over 6' foot tall in games of "make it-take it" BEFORE they played their games.  These programs are there to take money from the parents.

Since: Aug 14, 2007
Posted on: July 21, 2011 2:10 pm

Sources: NCAA actively looking into Salinas case

what has  your comment got to do with this artcle.

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: July 21, 2011 10:48 am

Sources: NCAA actively looking into Salinas case

Tressel was dirty and maybe it's time for the OSU fans and the state of Ohio to admit that and move on.

Since: Jul 21, 2011
Posted on: July 21, 2011 3:53 am

Sources: NCAA actively looking into Salinas case

I read that Salina's had just watched "The Last Dragon" and was trying to catch the bullet with his teeth like Bruce Leroy. 

Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: July 20, 2011 4:59 pm

Sources: NCAA actively looking into Salinas case

Give 'em time.  They'll blame this on Jim Tressel, too.

Since: May 10, 2007
Posted on: July 20, 2011 4:47 pm

Sources: NCAA actively looking into Salinas case

Dead men tell no tales, though it looks pretty bad. Given the NCAA's history of issuing sanctions based on speculation, I think there is some cause to be concered here.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: July 20, 2011 1:19 pm

Sources: NCAA actively looking into Salinas case

Like they say in NASCAR, "if you ain't cheatin', then you ain't tryin'".  This issue implies that its not just the big boys who are cheating, and its not just the players either. 

These coaches lost millions?  How the heck does an educator and a coach of "amatuer athletics" acquire millions to invest in the first place.  Read the book about Sebastian Telfair and you will see EVERYONE is in on the scam.  AAU coaches with 6-figure sponsorship deals from sneaker companies.  High school coaches who get their foot in the door at a given college by "gently" suggesting a prospect attend those school.s  7-figure endorsement deals for college coaches,

Bottom line:  stop asking why the kids and school keep cheating.  Ther industry of college basketball is one where there are millions to be made by individuals and tens if not hundreds of millions of dollars to be made by corporations and no LAWS have to be broken to do acquire it.  NCAA RULES have no legal ramification.  Its unethical (and even that is debatable), but it is completely legal. 

It is getting the point where I believe that wishing to win while running a clean program is like wishing you could hit 70 home runs in an MLB season without steroids.  Its only seems possible on paper. 

Since: Jun 15, 2010
Posted on: July 20, 2011 12:57 pm

Sources: NCAA actively looking into Salinas case

I see Doc Sadler on this list.  The only thing he would have got for his "investment" is the ability to make Nebraska basketball less relevant with the sad bunch of thugs he has brought in.

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: July 20, 2011 12:26 pm

Sources: NCAA actively looking into Salinas case

So, now the NCAA is going to investigate one dead guy and eleven coaches whose programs range from almost-be to wannabe.  It's always great to see the NCAA set the bar high...

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