Duryea not surprised with results of FBI probe exposing college basketball corruption

Utah State coach Tim Duryea watches during the first half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against UNLV, Wednesday, March 1, 2017, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

LOGAN – It has been a good couple of days for Utah State head basketball coach Tim Duryea, and not just because practices are finally underway. It has more to do with the NCAA basketball corruption recently exposed by the FBI.

“Really it has been two great days, two of the better days in the last 25 years of coaching for me,” he said, “because its hard to run a program the right way and have success.”

The FBI released results of its multi-year investigation Tuesday morning. It included reports of bribery and fraud involving coaches, shoe companies and NBA agents. Among other things, undercover FBI agents were able to find evidence of college basketball players and their families illegally receiving tens-of-thousands of dollars in return for joining certain college basketball programs. Multiple arrests were made and the case appears to be far from over.

Duryea said shoe companies are more often involved with Power 5 basketball programs than they are with Utah State. He said the recent events didn’t surprise him.

“When you know there are things going on, its even harder when you do try to do things the right way,” he said, “and you have nothing to hide and nothing to fear, you want the field to be as level as possible, and so I think its been great. I hope they get to the bottom of it, wherever that leads, wherever that ends and whatever may be may be.”

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