Mike Anderson: Arkansas not involved in scandal, FBI investigation

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas coach Mike Anderson said Tuesday he has not spoken with federal investigators regarding college basketball’s large recruiting scandal and he does not plan to.

Louisville has been at the apex of the investigations revealed last week. Coach Rick Pitino, formerly of Kentucky, was fired Monday after earlier being placed on unpaid administrative leave after the allegations surfaced. Assistant coaches at Arizona, Auburn, Oklahoma State and USC face federal corruption charges.

Arkansas has not been mentioned whatsoever as being part of the scandal. Don’t expect it to be.

“I have not talked to them and I don’t intend to talk to them,” Anderson said of federal investigators. “I’m hearing what you guys are hearing, to be honest with you. It’s out there. For me to try to sit up here and answer questions about that, I can’t. I’m sure the FBI, the investigators, they’re going to get to the bottom of it.”

The scandal centers on the exchanging of money between programs and merchandising agents. The suggestion is that the money is often siphoned down to players, usually high school recruits. Handlers or agents would strongly suggest certain programs to players in return for money.

It’s more complex than that, Anderson said, which is part of why he was not interested in talking specifically about things.

Anderson said it’s possible he has lost a recruit to a program recruiting in that nature.

Five-star forward Reggie Perry, a top 20 player in the 2018 class from Thomasville, Ga., had been committed to Arkansas from 2016 until this past summer. In July he de-committed and shortly thereafter committed to Mississippi State, citing his father’s health.

Arkansas opened its preseason practices on Monday and held media day Tuesday.

“You talk about here at Arkansas, we do it the right way,” Anderson said. “I think across the country people know that. We may not get some kids because of that.”

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