There’s simply no denying that NCAA basketball provides many exciting moments. March Madness is one of the most electrifying times of the year in collegiate sports yet it can also create major controversies. The consequences are often serious for those involved. So today, we’ll look at some of the biggest scandals in college history.
Many coaches and potential recruits have accepted illegal bribes. Point-shaving has also been a serious problem throughout the years. Everybody wants to get an edge over their rivals, but some take it too far. Check out the 30 biggest collegiate basketball scandals of all time via Fansided below.
30. Arizona State Point-Shaving
In 1994, local gamblers enticed some Arizona State players into a point-shaving scheme. Stevin Smith and Isaac Burton received money to influence the results of four games. Of course, this goes against the spirit of competitive sport. They faced serious consequences because this was illegal.
The Sun Devils didn’t receive any penalty because no coaches were involved, but Smith served a year in jail. Meanwhile, Burton received a couple of months. It also ruined Smith’s NBA prospects because he became damaged goods. Later, Netflix made a documentary about the scandal (via Esquire).