Monday, July 18, 2011

News On The Horizon 7/18/2011

Terry Pluto's Talkin' ... about the Browns' leaders, Cleveland State's revamped hoops roster and trade targets for the Tribe--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Viking Notes: CSU's Freshman Class Enrolls for Summer Classes--Cleveland State Hoops

Houston-area summer basketball figure found dead--Eye On College Basketball

David Salinas, an investment adviser who doubled as the founder of a prominent Houston-area summer basketball program, died of an apparent suicide Sunday, multiple sources have told According to a source, the development comes in light of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) investigating Salinas for fraudulent practices that might've cost several college basketball coaches who had invested with Salinas millions of dollars.

Salinas was 60.

"A lot of coaches got (expletive)," said one college coach who spoke to on the condition of anonymity. "It's bad."

Former Arizona coach Lute Olson, Baylor coach Scott Drew, Texas Tech coach Billy Gillispie and former Utah coach and current Gonzaga assistant Ray Giacoletti are among those has confirmed invested with Salinas. A document obtained late Sunday by has testimonals from other coaches who invested with Salinas -- specifically Nebraska coach Doc Sadler, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi coach Willis Wilson, former Houston and Nevada coach Pat Foster, former Duquesne coach and current United States Merchant Marine Academy coach Danny Nee and Augustana College coach Grey Giovanine.

"But the list is much longer," a source said. "Lots of coaches had money with him, but they're going to try to deny it and just hope it doesn't come out."

The reason some might be concerned about their financial connection to Salinas is because it's unclear how the NCAA would view college coaches investing money with the founder of a summer basketball program that supplied recruits to several universities over the years. Among the prominent prospects who played in Salinas' program are Juwann McClellan (Arizona), Demetri Goodson (Gonzaga), Joseph Jones (Texas A&M), Dexter Pittman (Texas) and Cartier Martin (Kansas State), the last of whom spent last season with the NBA's Washington Wizards.

The Nickname's are in...--SectionEE

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