Are there no repercussions for the shoe companies themselves? Not in terms of legal liabilities, but how can the NCAA ward off this type of interference with its rules if they can't now impose some sort of penalties? Excluding them from contracting with schools? And what about the AAU circuit? I don't know how all of that stuff works, but it's sickening to know that the billion dollar corporate interests don't lose, while the low-income kids are screwed.
At least in Pitino's case, it was the 2nd time in 3 years something bad happened, and he used the "it was my rogue assistant, and I had absolutely no idea" card. Fair or unfair, I don't know, but he had run out of chances. Especially since this happened while they were on probation.
Had the dorm scandal not happened, he probably survives this, at least to this point as he doesn't seem worse than Miller and the other head coaches (though I haven't followed every latest development).
Its gonna get real interesting when the Defense starts calling witnesses, particularly Gatto and Dawkins. Their defense is that the schools were witting participants and therefore could not be victims. They will have to name names to prove the schools were aware.