SLU brought recruiting violations to the next level. An NCAA investigation uncovered over 100 over a couple of seasons. This coincided with a period of success for the school. They had outstanding talents like Bo Lamar in their team. It all seemed too good to be true.
However, that’s because they paid the athletes to play for the team. They even gave them school credit cards to buy gas and clothing. Meanwhile, they faked the GPAs of several recruits because they were below the minimum of 1.6. In the end, they received the death penalty.
It’s unlikely that anything will ever overtake this. In 2003, Carlton Dotson murdered his Baylor teammate Patrick Dennehy. This was a tragedy but this story has a dark twist. Head coach Dave Bliss tried to cover up the killing. He also told investigators that Dennehy was a drug dealer.
In reality, Bliss paid for Dennehy’s tuition. Meanwhile, he influenced his assistants to back up his story. But the truth emerged when one of his staff recorded a conversation. This was one of the biggest scandals in sports history, never mind basketball (via USA Today).