The NCAA is investigating more AAU basketball teams two weeks after it banned four prominent summer-league programs due to ties with sports agents.
"It's been amazing to me the amount of information that is coming into the staff," LuAnn Humphrey, director of enforcement for the NCAA basketball focus group, told USA Today. "We are looking into many (AAU) programs that we believe have an affiliation with agents ... whether it's through former student-athletes, professional athletes, financial planners, the connection directly to the agent. We are going to do our best to obtain as much information as possible and try to expose those who may be jeopardizing the eligibility of our student-athletes."
Humphrey and many college coaches have said AAU and its relationships with agents is the biggest issue facing college basketball. The rare action taking by the NCAA two weeks ago came because of AAU association with sports agent Andy Miller. The NCAA banned four teams from competing in NCAA-certified events.
While many AAU teams and agents work separately, the NCAA and college coaches are concerned that relationships between the two have become more prevalent in recent years and hard for the NCAA to combat. Some agents attempt to influence elite players by financially supporting AAU teams and coaches develop relationships with those agents to get access to those players. Some coaches, however, lose out on recruits because they do not take advantage.
"There's more money, and when there's more money, there are more problems," Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said. "There's no question that it has gotten progressively worse. The sad part is that there are some programs doing it right and they are lumped in with the others, and that's sad. It's just sad."
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