Count Tad Boyle among those disappointed by the recent comments by college basketball luminaries downplaying the significance of the ongoing legal affairs surrounding the FBI probe into college basketball corruption.
Last week, Duke living legend Mike Krzyzewski told ESPN the first trial from last year's spate of arrests, which has been unfolding in recent weeks in New York, is "blip" and "not what's going on" in college basketball. North Carolina coach Roy Williams made similar remarks days earlier, and both coaches were roundly criticized for the tone-deafness of such comments while testimonies about payments-for-recruits and other back-handed dealings were aired in open court.
Colorado's Boyle has been slightly less blunt this preseason than he was at times last year in the wake of a series of FBI arrests that put four now-former Division I assistant coaches in handcuffs, including two from the Pac-12 Conference — Arizona's Book Richardson and USC's Tony Bland. Yet Boyle's hope that college basketball will be a cleaner, more fairly-governed institution if the dust ever settles from the sordid off-court affair remains steadfast.
"It's very disappointing. Because I think the reality that is going on with the trial in New York is damaging to our game," Boyle said. "It's embarrassing for our game. I think it's an issue. I think it's a problem. I don't think it's a blip. Now, it's been going on for years and years. And I don't know if it's going to get cleaned up. But it needs to be addressed.
"We have to let the process play out. We don't know, even after all the testimony and the wire taps and what's admissible in court and what's not...I'm not a lawyer, I'm a basketball coach. But I know there's a lot of junk that's coming out of that trial. And that junk needs to be processed and people need to be disciplined for breaking NCAA rules, and the spirit of NCAA rules. Which is amateurism. Coach K can say it's a blip. I don't agree. I think it's a problem that needs to be fixed."
As of Tuesday afternoon, the jury remained in its second day of deliberations on charges against agent Christopher Dawkins, former Adidas consultant Merl Code, and former Adidas marketing executive James Gatto.
Boyle's Buffaloes resumed practice Tuesday following a trip to Texas to face SMU in a closed scrimmage on Saturday. In some aspects Boyle's review pointed to a Buffs squad in midseason form — Boyle praised his team's defensive and rebounding efforts, but said turnovers were an issue — yet he remained clear there is much work to be done before the Nov. 13 opener against Drake.
"I thought there were some really good things that we learned. We competed our tails off," Boyle said. "We got smacked in the mouth out of the gate pretty good. Turnovers were an issue for us, especially early. I think they're pressure got to us. But once we adjusted to that we did a good job. I thought our depth really showed and wore them down a little bit.
"Defensively, we guarded the ball pretty well, which is something we've really stressed and worked on. We've got to take better care of the ball, but we did some good things. We had just 12 practices before we went down there, so we're not in midseason form by any stretch."
Dallas Walton was scheduled to undergo surgery Tuesday to repair the season-ending torn right ACL he suffered a week earlier ... Single-game tickets for CU Buffs men's and women's basketball went on sale Monday and are available at the ticket office at the Champions Center or at CUBuffs.com.