Report says Romeo Langford's father had issue with KU being mentioned in FBI investigation


Romeo Langford discusses his decision to continue his basketball career at Indiana University following his college announcement ceremony at New Albany High School, Monday, April 30, 2018, in New Albany, Ind.

Romeo Langford discusses his decision to continue his basketball career at Indiana University following his college announcement ceremony at New Albany High School, Monday, April 30, 2018, in New Albany, Ind. by Tyler Stewart/News and Tribune via AP

Just days after the Kansas basketball program officially became linked to a federal investigation into corruption in college basketball, five-star recruit Romeo Langford, who chose Indiana over KU and Vanderbilt on Monday night, said KU's tie to the FBI probe would not impact his decision.

“It doesn't hurt them at all,” said Langford on April 13, in an interview with USA Today.

That may have held true in the eyes of the player. But news out of Indiana on Monday night, shortly after Langford made his commitment, illustrated that the FBI investigation did have at least some impact on Langford's father.

In an interview with Mike Miller of, Tim Langford discussed the impact of the FBI investigation and KU's mention in the federal indictment on his son's decision. And it's clear from Mr. Langford's words that the impact was both significant and likely shared with Romeo.

“It pushed it out for me,” Tim Langford told Miller. “Just having that name (FBI) on your school.”

According to the article, Tim Langford's biggest concern about KU being named in the federal indictment does not appear to come from the fact that the Jayhawks could find themselves in future trouble — that may or may not still be the case and also may or may not impact the 2018-19 season, which likely will be Romeo's only year of college ball — but, instead, that his son, by attending KU, could have to answer questions about whether he received money over and over again.

“I didn’t take (Kansas) out of the three verbally,” Tim Langford explained to Miller. “But in my mind, we just didn’t want him going there and anybody asking him that type of question. So we don’t want him going to school there. We don’t care how good the basketball is.”

While the FBI investigation remains ongoing, with no known time table for an ending or a resolution, it remains to be seen if this type of situation will become more common among players Kansas targets in the future.

It's worth noting that nothing has changed in terms of KU's link to the investigation. At this point, KU remains mentioned merely because it was defrauded by Adidas executive Jim Gatto and a colleague, who are said to have provided more than $100,000 to a separate parent and guardian of two KU players in exchange for those players to attend Kansas. Also worth noting here is the fact that Indiana, like Kansas, is an Adidas school.

So unless anything more concrete comes out about any wrongdoing on the part of KU, it's easy to see how both the Kansas coaching staff and prospective recruits and their families can take things at face value and say and believe that KU played no role in any of the schemes outlined in the indictment.

Because of that, it's probably unlikely to have a negative effect because most of the issue surrounding the investigation is on one-and-done players and Kansas, as well as other major college programs, only recruit a couple of those every year and do not reel one in in every class.

In the 2018 recruiting class alone, Devon Dotson, David McCormack and Ochai Agbaji all are expected to be at Kansas for multiple seasons, with only No. 8-ranked prospect Quentin Grimes projecting as a possible one-and-done player.

Grimes is currently listed as the No. 6 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft — one spot behind Langford — in a 2019 mock draft put together by's Jonathan Givony on April 20.


John Fitzgerald 4 years, 7 months ago

It's interesting how the report says Kansas was "defrauded" but so many media outlets perceived it as being guilty of something. I guess when you're ignorant you don't read the facts you just read the headlines. That's what I'm assuming happened here. Either way bummer for Kansas and hopefully they can land Cremo as a consolation prize.

Craig Carson 4 years, 7 months ago

media outlets are about ratings...making KU seem like they are directly involved boost rating way more than reporting the truth

Benjamin Clay Jones 4 years, 7 months ago

Craig Carson, please point to a single news story that made this implication and failed to report the truth. Just one. I'll wait patiently.

Craig Carson 4 years, 7 months ago

Benjamin..what the hell are you talking about??? READ MAN READ

Dillon Davis 4 years, 7 months ago

It's just one of those "your name is mud" or "guilty by association" things. Not exactly fair, especially if we truly did know nothing about what was going on but right now that hasn't been answered definitively yet. I knew this was gonna happen when that news broke about us so I'm not surprised whether his dad said it publicly or not.

[''] 4 years, 7 months ago

Hahahaha. That's rich. So this self-righteous dad doesn't have an issue with the fact that the WORST offender in the probe so far - a coach caught on audio setting up a $100K payment to the best recruit in the country -- is his son's new coach's brother and learned everything he knows as a longtime asst on his staff? I give it a couple yrs before it comes out Archie is just as creative in recruiting as big bro Sweaty Sean.

John Fitzgerald 4 years, 7 months ago

That was a false report by ESPN. It wasn't Sean Miller that paid a recruit it was the agent Andy Miller with Adidas who was discussing payment to a player not named Ayton.

Marius Rowlanski 4 years, 7 months ago

You got some bad info John. I wish it was as simple as someone accidentally switching names.

John Fitzgerald 4 years, 7 months ago

Read above. Timelines don’t match. ESPN report was wrong on many counts. And only one person who wasn’t allowed to have the information reported it falsely to get some clicks. If it had been true Sean Miller would have been fired on the spot and Ayton would not have played. Stop just reading the headlines.

Phil Leister 4 years, 7 months ago

I get that having the FBI's name somehow connected to the school's name might scare someone off. But let's not pretend for one second that Romeo was ever going to commit anywhere other than Indiana. He's their local hero. He was always going to end up at IU.... for a single season.

Marius Rowlanski 4 years, 7 months ago

I lean towards Langford was always going to UI BUT why the timing?

A need to stay relevant OR maybe the report did influence his final decision.

Either way...

Jonathan Allison 4 years, 7 months ago

I'm sure that the guy is just answering honestly and nothing more. I just think that it's funny that he says that the reason why he wouldn't want his son to attend KU is because he doesn't want his son to be asked questions about being paid or offered money as a recruit.

Kerby Rice 4 years, 7 months ago

Dude is probably laughing all the way to the bank as he says that, Indiana is an Adidas school as well!!

Marcus Balzer 4 years, 7 months ago

Don't throw stones while living in a glass house. Ask the Preston's about that...

Steve Jacob 4 years, 7 months ago

I would not send my one and done child to a school that might not be eligible to play in the NCAA tournament, even if it's a very small chance. We don't know what going to happen from this 9 mounts from now.

Joe Black 4 years, 7 months ago

So send him to a school that didn't make the tournament last year and probably won't make it this year or if they do it will be as a low low seed

Suzi Marshall 4 years, 7 months ago

Langford’s dad may regret the inferred slam toward Kansas. Arizona along with his. Either Sean are in the middle of this FBI thing. It could turn out that Archie may have also been involved at AZ. Perhaps he may ha e carried over those tactics to IU?

It would be rich if the FBI released a set of finidimgs prior to this next season and those finding totally cleared Kansas while smacking down the Miller brothers. IU could end up in far more trouble than Kansas.. Maybe IU will be declared ineligible for NCAA tournament play the next few years while Kansas continues to rack up titles, including National Champions.

Marius Rowlanski 4 years, 7 months ago

Actually, I think it's "implied" not "inferred". The speaker does the implying, and the listener does the inferring.

Apologies Suzi, I think I'm impressed with myself.

Pius Waldman 4 years, 7 months ago

There are situations that are considered when parents decide what schools their sons are interested in attending. I feel their influence plays a major part in the final decision. When in doubt best to eliminate whether rumors are true or not. That might have been an excuse to eliminate a school. Most feel IU was the choice no matter what. So we lost that contest who knows maybe the future shows a meaningful substitute.

Harlan Hobbs 4 years, 7 months ago

Phil, you put it precisely in the proper perspective. As a local hero, Romeo wasn't going to leave the state any more than Trae Young was going to go anywhere but OU.

Of course, the Trae Young deal didn't work all that well for OU. They had a terrible season after the first month, and Young's production dropped off significantly as the season got longer. In addition, he was allowed to be the guy with the ball probably 75-80% of the time, which often causes the other players to stand around and watch him.

One of the biggest concerns for freshmen is the physical grind against top notch competition versus what they often see in high school. That is one reason why KU has been so successful. With Coach Self's conditioning regimen led by Andrea Hudy, the players typically don't run out of gas at the end of the season.

I wish Romeo well, and if he is a team player, Indiana will highly benefit in a premier conference. However, if he is totally given "the keys to the car", I predict that Indiana will likely fall into the same trap that OU did.

As for the theme of Matt's article, it is pretty hard to blame Mr. Langford for having some concerns about the FBI investigation. I do too, but I will staunchly support Coach Self and the program until and unless the facts warrant a different attitude.

Craig Carson 4 years, 7 months ago

i get the feeling that until KU is finally absolved of wrong doing, other programs are going to use the FBI situation against KU...wouldnt be surprised if KU gets a few less than impressive recruiting classes these new 1-2 years

Layne Pierce 4 years, 7 months ago

Is Mr. Langford afraid of being asked those questions? Hum?, The man doth protest too much me think!!!

Bryce Landon 4 years, 7 months ago

Romeo's dad does know, doesn't he (?), that if there are any questions about a player's eligibility, Bill Self sits them until those issues are resolved, or until the player loses patience and leaves. In terms of following difficult and arcane NCAA rules, Bill Self follows them to the best of his ability and would never knowingly compromise his team's season by playing a potentially ineligible player.

Allin Herring 4 years, 7 months ago

The TV channels here in Indy said last night that Romeo changed his mind from one of the other two teams to IU over the last month or so. It is too bad he is not coming here as he is probably as good a player as any we have on the roster right now. He is a very good student, is great with his fans, and is a "player with no issues" which we seem to have to found more than our fair,share of recently (Preston, Bragg, Jackson Diallo Alexander). Hopefully we can come up with a good answer for those upcoming recruits we are going to face so we do not loose anymore Romeos.

Craig Carson 4 years, 7 months ago

personally, Id rather have the Mason, Grahams and Perry Ellis type of kids than a team full of 1st round NBA picks..

Janet Olin 4 years, 7 months ago

For the overly hyped recruits out there, if you need a press conference to twirl the hats and create a spectacle, I'm already over you. Good luck to you, Romeo, but we won't miss you.

Tony Bandle 4 years, 7 months ago

It's too bad you can't combine players, because we could have had one of the greatest names in the history of sports..Romeo Cremo!!!!!

Reggie Flenory 4 years, 7 months ago

Man I'm as big of a Kansas fan is anybody but if we're being honest Billy Preston, Silvio desousa, Cliff Alexander, there's a trend of ineligible players or potentially ineligible players for whatever reason. I'm not even mad @mr Langford for not choosing Kansas because of the FBI thing I'm mad at Bill self and the university for not having a tighter grip on what's coming in to the university. If it were just one or two isolated incidents I completely understand but we jumped out of the frying pan and Into the Fire with Billy Preston and Silvio de Sousa respectively.

Joe Black 4 years, 7 months ago

Really?? You can't control what parents and/or guardians do no matter how hard you try. The best you can do is just what Bill does, if there is a question of eligibility then you sit the kid until it is resolved. This isn't just a KU issue. This is happening to schools all over the country. Some just try to hide it, while others like KU take action (as previously mentioned). The FBI probe list KU as the victim of fraud. It would be ridiculous for anyone to hold that against them although it would have looked better if KU would have split ties with Adidas. But this may have been just a rogue Adidas employee so that wouldn't warrant punishing Adidas. Nothing is ever as black and white, cut and dry as everyone would make it out to be.

Reggie Flenory 4 years, 7 months ago

The fbi didnt list us as the victim. The school spokses person did. And look i agree with younfor the most part om the parent issue but still when it keeps happening to your program consistently eventually people stop giving you the benefit of the doubt and start looking in to your business

Phil Leister 4 years, 7 months ago

Incorrect. The whole premise of the FBI's investigation is that schools are being defrauded and are the victims.

Reggie Flenory 4 years, 7 months ago

The word victim was not used by the fbi it was used by ku. Furthermore it has already had a negative effect on potential recruiting with the Langford situation the fact that his dad actually verbalize that it took K u off the list I think it would be disingenuous not to at least consider the possibility that bill self has to be held more accountable in these situations it's happening too often at Kansas especially within the last 5 years.

Craig Carson 4 years, 7 months ago

actually the word victim and defrauded IS used by the FBI..furthermore, the KU compliance department and Self himself arent a PI firm, there is only so much they can uncover..let this sink in, it took the FBI getting involved to uncover this whole shouldnt expect Universities with much less resources and much much much less influence to be able to uncover to place any blame on the University or Bill Self is beyond idiotic

Reggie Flenory 4 years, 7 months ago

Ncaa isnt gonna see it that way because they punish "victims" all the time. And if silvio has to miss time or leave ku because of this it isnt gonna be a good look for us no matter how you slice it

Craig Carson 4 years, 7 months ago

yes its a black eye on the program and if it were just KU involved, it would be worse..but who knows, with so many schools involved the NCAA might go easy on us since we have no direct tie into what happened..hell, ALL of the schools could walk away unscathed since the scandal is so wide spread

Allin Herring 4 years, 7 months ago

Whether it is our fault or not(and it is not) the FBI probe is a mark on the program and until this is resolved we need to come up with better ways around it than what we did with Romeo and his family or we will continue to loose top talent. Reggie is correct we do seem to get more than our fair share of "kids with issues" in the recent past such as Preston, DeSousa, Bragg, Alexander, Selby, Diallo, Jackson ect. To many families looking for schools for their kids to go to, the old saying holds some truth for them....Where there is smoke there maybe fire. Well we need to clear the smoke out from around the program! Maybe canceling the Adias contract will be a start?

Brad Avery 4 years, 7 months ago

Let's move on. The kid stayed home and will be in the NBA in a little more than a year from now. He no doubt is a great player, but so was Trae Young. KU managed to survive without him.

Dirk Medema 4 years, 7 months ago

Brad - Isn't it nice to be able to add "and beat him in the process"?

Dirk Medema 4 years, 7 months ago

Romeo's dad is actually flattering. He admits that KU is the best program. The only reason Romeo didn't commit is because dad didn't want people questioning his character or was it asking tough questions. Hopefully the former because the latter tends to come with the spotlight of success. His son won't always be under his flipper and the 2nd biggest fish in the pond.

Tim Orel 4 years, 7 months ago

By any standard, KU is indeed the best program. Longest streak of conference championships. Longest streak of NCAA tourney appearances. 2nd highest overall win total (and gaining). Hall of Fame coach. Terrific assistant and support coaching staff. Best place to play.

I just want this cleared up ASAP because In Self, I Trust.

Craig Carson 4 years, 7 months ago

just wish we had at least 2-3 more NC in that trophy case..its a little awkward to have so many all time wins but yet be tied with Villanova in NC..of all the blue bloods, KU has the least NC

Noel Graham 4 years, 7 months ago

The irony is that Addidas sponsored Tim Langfords AAU team for a year, so any questions about being paid by Addidas will be because of his father's connection, not the school.

Philip Bowman 4 years, 7 months ago

Wouldn't you expect that Kansas would feel aggrieved toward Adidas? After all, it was its agent/employee/whatever that made an improper/illegal? payment to a relative of the player. Adidas should be sued for what it did. But you can bet KU will do nothing. KU is so entwined with Adidas that it cannot take any action without risking the many thousands of bucks it gets. And, by the way, who really benefits from all the payola money the colleges receive? I mean, without such payments, the coaches wouldn't be able to get million dollar salaries and bonuses.

This is getting so bad that I'd rather KU dropped basketball than continue to recruit this one and done players. KU would be better off getting players that will stay 4 years and really become part of a team rather than a player that thinks constantly of what his chances are of becoming a lottery pick or getting big bucks after one year of college play.

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