The explosive scandal that rocked college basketball a few months ago has now reached hometown Indiana University.
According to a Tuesday report in the Washington Post, Indiana commit Romeo Langford may be thrust into the controversy. The story detailed how Langford’s father, Tim Langford, ran an AAU program funded by athletics apparel giant Adidas. Former Louisville coach Rick Pitino claims that Adidas funded the program in an effort to keep close ties with Tim’s son. Romeo went on to become a 2018 McDonald’s All-American and a top-five recruit in this year’s class.
Whether or not this relationship between Adidas and the AAU program, Twenty Two Vision, was illegal remains unclear at this point. Sponsoring an AAU team is not inherently against NCAA eligibility rules. However, the suspicion of improper benefits is there based on the obvious fact that Indiana is an Adidas school and Romeo chose to commit to an Adidas school after the company invested in his father’s AAU program. Leading into his decision day, Romeo had narrowed it down to Indiana, Vanderbilt, and Kansas. Of the three schools, both Indiana and Kansas are sponsored by Adidas, while Vanderbilt is a Nike school.
Until the developing story of the recruiting improprieties fully shakes out, it will be impossible to know what schools will come out of the scandal clean. Until then, it is best for players, and fans, to let the investigation develop and not push the panic button.