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RE: OT: Four College Assistant Coaches Charged in Corruption Scheme
USC loses four-star recruit amid FBI investigation

Quote:USC lost a commitment from a four-star prospect on Friday as Class of 2018 forward J’Raan Brooks announced that he’s opening up his recruitment.

Regarded as the No. 70 overall prospect in the Class of 2018, according to Rivals, Brooks is de-committing as the FBI’s investigation into college basketball corruption centers in-part on Trojan assistant coach Tony Bland. Among 10 people indicted by federal authorities on fraud and corruption charges, Bland’s arrest could hurt USC in recruiting.

“Due to unforeseen circumstances stemming from the recent news that has come to light in regards to the Trojan basketball program – I have decided to reopen my commitment to examine other options,” Brooks said on Twitter.

A 6-foot-8 native of Seattle, Brooks will likely become a hot name on the West Coast as he should have plenty of options to choose from.

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RE: OT: Four College Assistant Coaches Charged in Corruption Scheme
Tom Jurich fired with cause by University of Louisville

Quote:Tom Jurich was fired with cause as the University of Louisville's athletics director on Wednesday after a vote by the school's trustees.

The board of trustees voted 10-3 in favor of letting go of Jurich, who had been in his position for nearly two decades.

The meeting in the Jefferson Room at Grawemeyer Hall was in closed, executive session for roughly three hours before the board made its vote just after 4:30 p.m.

"On behalf of the board of trustees, we thank those who have taken the time to write us in the past weeks," interim Louisville President Greg Postel said in a prepared statement. "Your passion and support for the University of Louisville will ensure that our best days are ahead of us. To our students, faculty, staff and Cards fans, this is our opportunity to demonstrate the unity and integrity that define being a Louisville Cardinal."

Then, Postel added, "When I walk around campus I'm always inspired when I see a student wearing one of our T-shirts that reads, 'Rise to the Occasion.' Right now, we need to challenge ourselves to do just that."

Trustees Brian Cromer, Diane Medley and Ronald Wright voted against the motion. They expressed their support for Jurich prior to the tally.

None of the other trustees spoke when offered the chance.

"I think he is owed some thanks for those things that he's done," Wright said. "... I hope that we can somehow relay that to Mr. Jurich, some thanks for the service that he has provided to this community."

Interim university President Greg Postel declined comment after the meeting, saying it was a "legal matter." But he assured the community that Jurich's firing doesn't represent a backpedal from athletics.

"Athletics will not take a backseat," Postel said. "We're bullish on athletics."

Jurich's legal counsel, which made a presentation to the board, declined to comment following the meeting and said they would release a statement later.

The decision comes two days after the university terminated the contract of head men's basketball coach Rick Pitino and three weeks after interim university President Greg Postel placed Jurich on paid administrative leave.

Jurich is the third Louisville athletics employee to lose his job in the wake of news that an FBI investigation into corruption in college basketball recruiting includes the university's program.

Louisville parted ways with Jordan Fair, one of Pitino's assistant coaches, last week. Associate head coach Kenny Johnson remains on paid administrative leave.

The decision Wednesday was after weeks of private and public jostling in the university community.

In a letter explaining Jurich's suspension earlier in October, Postel wrote that the FBI investigation was "disturbing and unprecedented." He said the federal complaint detailing the FBI's case insinuates "a scheme of fraud and malfeasance in the recruitment of student-athletes involving multiple members of your men's basketball coaching staff."

Postel also told Jurich his contract extension negotiations with Adidas, Louisville's apparel sponsor, were "conducted without timely or appropriate consultation" with the president's office or the University of Louisville Athletic Association. Jurich, through his lawyers, vehemently denied Postel's claims.
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