The FBI has been investigating criminal activity in NCAA basketball since 2015. (Oct. 11, 2017)
Many coaches, at least publicly, said they were shocked by the FBI probe that painted a dirty picture of how some schools attract elite recruits.
Not shocked: the college basketball players who gossip and speculate on the topic with one another.
"Nah, I'm not surprised at all," Creighton guard Marcus Foster told the Tribune on Wednesday at Big East media day. "It has been going on for years. I was surprised it came out, though. I thought they had a system where they'd never get caught."
Foster said he also wasn't taken aback by the dollar figure — $100,000 — that authorities say Louisville asked Adidas to funnel to the family of recruit Brian Bowen.
"When he committed there (in June), that's exactly what I heard he got," Foster said.
Foster was a three-star recruit, rated outside the national top 200, when he chose Kansas State. After two seasons at K-State, he transferred to Creighton, where he made first-team All-Big East last season by averaging 18.2 points.
"I never encountered anything where I was offered money to go to a school," he said. "It's the top-tier guys. We always talk about that … 'This guy got this much or that much.'
"I think (the FBI probe) will clean it up for now, but they will eventually figure out another way to (entice recruits). Everyone always wants to have the top team."
Marquette coach Steve Wojciechowski said "hopefully something good" can come out of the scandal.
"The vast majority, the overwhelming majority, are doing things the right way," he said. "In any multibillion-dollar business, there are going to be a few bad actors. There's a chance for growth and improvement."