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Corruption case won't stop the calls on Selection Sunday

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Posted at 11:07 AM, Mar 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-09 14:50:34-05

The FBI corruption investigation that rocked college basketball and led to criminal charges against assistant coaches, agents, apparel company employees and others won't impact Selection Sunday.

The sport seemed set to implode and it still might.

But many named or connected to the probe will hear their teams called when the March Madness field of 68 is unveiled. Two of the four schools that fired assistants tied to the scandal are locks to be in the tournament - Arizona and Auburn - and the other two are squarely on the bubble, Oklahoma State and USC.

Selection committee chairman Bruce Rasmussen has said the federal investigation won't be a factor in determining tournament invitations.

NCAA President Mark Emmert is hoping fans keep their focus on what happens on the court on the way to the Final Four in San Antonio.

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AP College Sports Writer Ralph D. Russo in New York; and AP Sports Writer Beth Harris in Los Angeles; contributed to this report.