It didn't take long for the college academic fraud scandal to bleed from Hollywood to athletics. Yahoo published an in-depth report detailing the involvement of Martin Fox.
Fox is widely known across the AAU and college basketball world. Now that the 62-year-old hoops gadfly has been charged with conspiracy to commit racketeering, his murky role within the sport is under scrutiny.
For those who haven't read it, Buzz Williams was quoted in the report and Yahoo noted Fox was behind the bench in Blacksburg when the Hokies beat Miami. Besides a reportedly close relationship, there's nothing to link the two (that is to say, no reported wrongdoing). But the optics are not optimal.
However, Williams stressed to Yahoo he wasn't nervous about his ties to Fox, and Whit Babcock was similarly confident in comments to The Roanoke Times.
Babcock said Williams has assured him that Fox had nothing to do with the standardized tests of any Tech players or recruits.
"He was very clear ... when we talked," Babcock said. "I'm very confident that we're in good shape.
"We'll look into that, but I want to emphasize that we've never had any reason to suspect anything before."
The assurance regarding "standardized tests" is an important one given the NCAA's skepticism with Landers Nolley's ACT score.
Both reports are worth reading in full: