Basketball Wiretap

UCLA Set To Hire Boston College Athletic Director Martin Jarmond

May 17, 2020 11:54 AM

Boston College athletic director Martin Jarmond is close to signing a six-year deal to become the next athletic director at UCLA, sources told Pete Thamel of Yahoo! Sports.

Jarmond will replace Dan Guerrero at UCLA, who is retiring after 18 years. 

UCLA reportedly has a $19 million deficit in the athletic department from 2019.

Jarmond has earned a reputation as an energetic fund-raiser. He is credited with modernizing BC's athletic department's fundraising, including overseeing the launch of a $150 million digital campaign.

Pete Thamel/Yahoo! Sports

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Mo Williams Hired As Head Coach Of Alabama State

May 13, 2020 1:17 AM

Mo Williams was hired as the head coach of Alabama State on Tuesday.

"It's a great day to be a Hornet. I am extremely excited to become part of the family, and I am looking forward to the challenge. Go Hornets!" said Williams.

Williams was previously an assistant under Mark Gottfried at California State University at Northridge.

"We are excited about the direction of our men's basketball program as we moved forward into this new era. Mo Williams checked the boxes that we were looking for in the next head coach of Alabama State men's basketball, and his passion and leadership speak volumes. He is no stranger to the South, having played high school basketball in Mississippi and college basketball in Alabama," added Alabama State athletic director Jennifer Lynne Williams.

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NCAA Accuses Kansas Of Committing 'Severe', 'Egregious' Violations

May 8, 2020 1:45 AM

The NCAA accused Kansas basketball of committing "egregious, severe" violations in a 92-page letter.

The Jayhawks are charged with five Level I violations, including a lack of institutional control. Bill Self is also individually charged with several violations relating to his responsibilities as head coach.

"While the football allegations involve alleged Level II and III violations, which are serious alleged violations, there can be no doubt the men's basketball allegations are egregious, severe and are the kind that significantly undermine and threaten the NCAA Collegiate Model.

"The institution secured significant recruiting and competitive advantages by committing alleged Level I men's basketball violations. The institution, in taking its defiant posture in the case, is indifferent to how its alleged violations may have adversely impacted other NCAA institutions who acted in compliance with NCAA legislation," wrote the NCAA in a letter to the university.

The NCAA also said that Kansas assistant Kurtis Townsend "embraced, welcomed and encouraged" Adidas employees to influence high-profile recruits to go to the school.

Kansas released a response to the NCAA, denying all accusations.

"The NCAA enforcement staff's reply does not in any way change the University of Kansas' position that the allegations brought against our men's basketball program are simply baseless and littered with false representations. As the federal trial proved, Adidas employees intentionally concealed impermissible payments from the University and its coaching staff. The University has never denied these impermissible payments were made. For the NCAA enforcement staff to allege that the University should be held responsible for these payments is a distortion of the facts and a gross misapplication of NCAA Bylaws and case precedent."



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Kansas Basketball To Lower Season Ticket Prices At Allen Fieldhouse

May 6, 2020 1:46 AM

Kansas will lower season ticket prices at Allen Fieldhouse next season for the first time in over a decade.

The school announced a new pricing structure that will drop the price of tickets as much as 45% for those who had season tickets last year.

Kansas has sold out 306 consecutive games dating back to the 2001 season. Ticket prices have climbed since the 2008-09 season.

"It is unfortunate to see how this pandemic has hit so many, so hard, but hopefully the addition of tiers and lower ticket prices will allow our fans to enjoy Kansas basketball together again soon," said Bill Self.

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