The FBI investigation into college basketball's unseemly side with agents, shoe companies and payments to recruits was hardly a huge surprise, Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said at the school's annual media day on Friday.

With its investigation, which has resulted in the arrests of 10 people, including two sneaker company representatives and four assistant coaches, the FBI merely pulled back the curtain, exposing college basketball's dark side.

"There was always some fear or belief that if a shoe company sponsored a kid,'' Boeheim said, "the shoe company would influence a kid to go to a particular school.''

Boeheim spent the first 10 minutes of his preseason media day session on the subject of the FBI investigation. He said there had long been a concern over the shoe company's involvement with recruits and their AAU programs.