Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Bill Self, Leonard Hamilton, Matt Painter, John Thompson III, & Kevin O'Neill Confess: "We Had VCU In Our Office Pools"

Maybe Jay Bilas was right after all.

In the latest NCAA scandal, the basketball coaches of Kansas, Florida St., Purdue, Georgetown, and USC are all under investigation for their actions during recent tournament games. Apparently, each one of these coaches had picked VCU to be in the Final Four in their high-roller office pools.

The buy-ins for these pools are rumored to be between $25,000 and $50,000, with the winners taking home over seven figures. Each coach is currently near the top of the leaderboard. Though it is unclear how, Tim Donaghy is almost certainly involved with this scandal.

We caught up with Kansas coach Bill Self to discuss these accusations.

"Sure," Self said. "I picked VCU to be in the national championship. I figured we'd lose to a 'Northern Iowa' before we had to play them. But I wasn't about to take any chances in that pool. That's why I told my guys to play as soft as they could and constantly heave up horrendous shots."

These actions, though reprehensible, sure do explain a lot. Bracketeers across the nation have been scratching their heads in disbelief, trying to figure out how a team could go from First Four to Final Four despite strong but not outstanding talent. This could be the answer we've been looking for.

The NCAA has recently released this statement: "We've already launched an investigation. It will probably drag on for way too long. Admittedly, we don't actually punish coaches, so we'll likely just put them on probation, whatever that means."

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