Commentary

San Diego betting scandal concerning

Originally Published: April 4, 2011
By Dick Vitale | ESPN.com

The news out of San Diego was not good recently. College basketball fans had to be alarmed and scared with allegations of point shaving.

Several people were indicted, including the top all-time scorer at the University of San Diego. Any anything to do with point shaving arises, you have to be concerned.

Everyone is innocent until proven guilty in this country, so we will have to see how this all plays out. But college athletics doesn't need another black eye. Any scandal, even during the off-season, is a negative that the sport doesn't need.

What this sounds like to me is another example of someone looking for an easy way to make money. There are shady people out there in all walks of life, trying to make that quick buck at the expense of others. Eventually it comes back to haunt them for their illegitimate ways.

Coaches always bring in FBI agents to talk about the perils of gambling before the season starts. Signs are posted in the locker room to dissuade athletes from doing the wrong thing. There are always people looking to pull off a con job or mislead a student-athlete down the wrong path. We have heard about this a number of times over the years, and no matter when or where it happens, it is a sad situation.

Like I said, people are innocent until proven guilty, so we will have to wait and see.

It is still scary for sports fans and administrators alike. Someone is out there trying to get an edge and doing things the wrong way. These people ruin their lives and embarrass their family, their friends and their school.

This is not the kind of story I like to hear about. It is reality, baby, and we will see what happens in the upcoming weeks and months.

Dick Vitale

College Basketball analyst
Dick Vitale, college basketball's top analyst and ambassador, joined ESPN during the 1979-80 season. His thorough knowledge of the game is brought forth in an enthusiastic, passionate style. Vitale also contributes columns to ESPN.com.