There have been conflicting reports about whether the NCAA was interested in the case of David Salinas, a Houston AAU program founder who apparently committed suicide after running a Ponzi scheme that involved a number of college basketball coaches. But now Sports Illustrated reporter Pablo Torre is adamant about the NCAA's interest:
Just wanted to add: yes, NCAA has been asking all types of people about this case. Official "investigation" is a red herring. They care.
That doesn't sound like an full-fledged NCAA investigation, but certainly something beyond mere passing interest: "investigating," perhaps, with the rest of the formal investigation to come. And that only makes sense, considering Salinas' background as an AAU figure and a person who allegedly took millions from coaches. Even if there's nothing nefarious about Salinas' work as a manager of coaches' money beyond incompetence, there's more than enough smoke for the NCAA to be sniffing around.
If that's the case, the NCAA could be delving into a number of prominent coaches' dealings with Salinas. Former Kentucky coach Billy Gillespie and former Arizona coach Lute Olson are among the coaches who allegedly invested money with Salinas.
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