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OT: Four College Assistant Coaches Charged in Corruption Scheme
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Quote:The Federal Bureau of Investigation have charged several college coaches in conjunction with a corruption scheme, reports NBC News.

Oklahoma State assistant Lamont Evans, Auburn assistant Chuck Person, Emanuel "Book" Richardson of Arizona and USC assistant Tony Bland have been charged in the corruption scheme.

According to court documents, Evans, Richardson, and Bland received benefits in "excess of $10,000 under a Federal program involving a grant, contract, subsidy, loan, guarantee, insurance and other form of Federal Assistance."

Evans, Richardson, and Bland face a combined 11 charges, including conspiracy to commit honest services fraud, wire fraud conspiracy and travel act conspiracy.

Authorities say that Person agreed to accept $50,000 in bribes from a cooperating witness for the government in exchange for using his position at Auburn to steer student-athletes to retain the services of an agent.

Person is being charged with six counts, including solicitation of bribes, bribery conspiracy, and conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

"Moreover, many such coaches have enormous influence over the student-athletes who play for them, in particular with respect to guiding those student-athletes through the process of selecting agents and other advisers when they prepare to leave college and enter the NBA," the complaints said.

Evans joined Brad Underwood's staff at Oklahoma State in the 2016 offseason after four seasons at South Carolina under Frank Martin.

Richardson has been an assistant on Sean Miller's staff for 11 seasons, including two at Xavier before Miller was hired by Arizona. Person, who led Auburn to the Elite Eight as a player in 1986, was hired by Bruce Pearl in the spring of 2014. Bland has been a USC assistant since the 2013-14 season.

A press conference is set for noon on Tuesday to detail the arrests and the charges facing the coaches.

The U.S Attorney for the Southern District of New York says that federal criminal charges have been brought against 10 people.

The college basketball coaches, managers, financial advisors, and representatives of a major international sportswear company will also face charges.

The head of the sportswear company is Adidas head of sports marketing James Gatto, who is accused of paying high school players to go to Adidas sponsored schools for the benefit of signing with the company at a later time.

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RE: OT: Four College Assistant Coaches Charged in Corruption Scheme
I wonder if these assistant coaches were acting independent of the schools who employed them? Bruce Pearl at Auburn already has a history with the NCAA. I'm sure Arizona, Auburn, Oklahoma State, and USC are hoping the buck stops at just those assistants.
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RE: OT: Four College Assistant Coaches Charged in Corruption Scheme
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Louisville confirms it has received notice it is included in federal investigation involving criminal activity related to men's basketball.


https://twitter.com/GoodmanESPN/status/9...8219274241
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(09-26-2017 01:55 PM)CrimsonPhantom Wrote:  Jeff Goodman
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Louisville confirms it has received notice it is included in federal investigation involving criminal activity related to men's basketball.


https://twitter.com/GoodmanESPN/status/9...8219274241

I wonder if this is the final death blow to Pitino's career? He weathered the storm of the prostitution scandal but this might be too much for the Louisville administration to stomach. Pitino is either involved with the corruption or has very little institutional control over his assistant's activities.
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RE: OT: Four College Assistant Coaches Charged in Corruption Scheme
(09-26-2017 02:20 PM)NMSUPistolPete Wrote:  
(09-26-2017 01:55 PM)CrimsonPhantom Wrote:  Jeff Goodman
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Louisville confirms it has received notice it is included in federal investigation involving criminal activity related to men's basketball.


https://twitter.com/GoodmanESPN/status/9...8219274241

I wonder if this is the final death blow to Pitino's career? He weathered the storm of the prostitution scandal but this might be too much for the Louisville administration to stomach. Pitino is either involved with the corruption or has very little institutional control over his assistant's activities.

It'll be interesting to see what happens.
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The saddest thing really is this isn't that surprising. We know it was going on, especially in Louisville's case, but now it's been found out.
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RE: OT: Four College Assistant Coaches Charged in Corruption Scheme
From the NCAA President

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https://twitter.com/NCAA/status/912769173180305408

Translation:

D'quidis Ben Reddy‏ @dekiddisreddy
Replying to @NCAA @YahooForde

“We are deeply disturbed the FBI has brought this to light as we are no longer able to sweep this under the rug as we have done for years.”

https://twitter.com/dekiddisreddy/status...7276590080

D'quidis Ben Reddy‏ @dekiddisreddy 2h2 hours ago

“The NCAA will avoid any investigation that would jeopardize the status of our cash cow schools and focus all attention on smaller schools”

https://twitter.com/dekiddisreddy/status...6579680256

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Gee, I wonder why the NCAA was kept in the dark.

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Darren Heitner
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Sources: Basketball agency ASM Sports was raided today. FBI had warrant, took Andy Miller's computer.
4:03pm · 26 Sep 2017
https://twitter.com/DarrenHeitner/status...0483637248
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RE: OT: Four College Assistant Coaches Charged in Corruption Scheme
Guess we should look for a backup for the Louisville game Justin in case 03-wink
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(09-26-2017 07:55 PM)Brillio Wrote:  Guess we should look for a backup for the Louisville game Justin in case 03-wink

Well, maybe this investigation will decimate Louisville's coaching staff and recruiting class and leave them venerable for an upset.
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