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Postby BDN » Wed Sep 27, 2017 4:33 am

NCAA basketball coaches among 10 facing federal corruption charges

...“The picture of college basketball painted by the charges is not a pretty one,” said acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim, adding that the defendants were “circling blue-chip prospects like coyotes” and exploited them to enrich themselves.

Prosecutors said that while some of the bribe money went to athletes and their families, some went to coaches, to get them to use their influence over their potentially NBA-bound players.

he coaches charged are Chuck Person of Auburn, Emanuel Richardson of Arizona, Tony Bland of Southern California and Lamont Evans of Oklahoma State. Person and Evans were immediately suspended.

Those charged also include James Gatto, director of global sports marketing for basketball at Adidas; Rashan Michel, a maker of custom suits for some of the NBA’s biggest stars; and various financial advisers and managers.

http://bangordailynews.com/2017/09/26/s ... n-charges/
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Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Sep 27, 2017 6:15 am

FBI brings Armageddon to college basketball, and it's just the tip of the iceberg

...Fraud and corruption in the world of college basketball,” Joon H. Kim, Acting U.S. Attorney said at a news conference in Manhattan on Tuesday.

Assistant coaches at Arizona, Auburn, Oklahoma State and USC were all arrested and their programs are almost certainly in dire straights with both the Department of Justice (DOJ) and NCAA. The evidence here is based on an undercover FBI agent, wiretapped phones, recordings, written communication and financial transaction data. The feds win nearly every case for a reason. And the indicted haven’t even started flipping yet.

Also in the crossfire is so-called “University 2,” which in the complaints is described in a way that resembles the University of South Carolina and only the University of South Carolina – “a public research university located in South Carolina … with over 30,000 students …”

Then there is “University 6” which is described in a way that resembles the University of Louisville and only the University of Louisville, linking it to a $100,000 payout for one recruit and a potential $150,000 payout for another, all while on probation for a scandal involving using prostitutes to lure other recruits. “University 6” doesn’t appear to be in any legal trouble, yet, but the NCAA is another story.

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Postby Rivals » Wed Sep 27, 2017 6:44 am

How will FBI bribery scandal impact programs involved in charges?

...Each of the four coaches has been considered a strong recruiter for some time and there’s little doubt their alleged actions could have serious ramifications on the recruiting trail. More than likely, it’s also going to lead to serious staff shakeups.

As things stand, Arizona looks like they could be subject to the most significant impact. It fired Richardson on Tuesday afternoon.

Arizona has the No. 2 ranked 2018 recruiting class and they are coming off of a class that ranked No. 3 overall in 2017. Sean Miller’s phone has to be burning up with phone calls from committed players like five-star point guard Jahvon Quinerly, five-star power forward Shareef O’Neal and four-star point guard Brandon Williams. There’s also no question that other programs are contacting those players to see if they are steady.

It is also relevant to note that if it is found any of those players accepted bribes to commit to Arizona or any of the other three schools, the NCAA would likely rule them ineligible.

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Postby USA TODAY » Wed Sep 27, 2017 6:49 am

Brian Bowen goes from Super 25 national champion to center of scandal

...Now, Bowen is one of the leading figures in a huge college basketball scandal. On Tuesday, 10 people, including Adidas executives and assistant coaches from Arizona, Auburn, Oklahoma State and Southern California, are facing federal bribery, fraud and other corruption charges related to paying the recruits’ families to attend certain colleges.

Bowen, a 6-8 forward, averaged 21.4 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists to lead La Lumiere (La Porte, Ind.) to the season-ending No. 1 spot in the Super 25 boys basketball rankings. He played a key role in lifting the Lakers to a win in the DICK’S Sporting Goods High School Nationals.

If you read between the lines of the FBI’s 29-page criminal complaint that was released Tuesday, an Adidas executive paid Bowen’s family $100,000 to play at Louisville, an Adidas-sponsored school.

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Postby NEP » Wed Sep 27, 2017 6:52 am

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Re: NCAA basketball coaches among 10 facing federal corrupti

Postby parquetfloor » Wed Sep 27, 2017 1:26 pm

University of Miami is also one of the unnamed schools.

Rick Pitino and the AD Jurich are both on "admin leave" but the school is looking for replacements so they are basically out from Louisville.

From what I have been told, this is just the beginning.
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Re: NCAA basketball coaches among 10 facing federal corrupti

Postby basketball_guy » Wed Sep 27, 2017 8:52 pm

Yes, now my alma mater got hit. Alabama just fired the head of Basketball operations for the Crimson tide.
No one is saying very much. It just hit news today. On top of that Chuck Person former NBA star and Auburn star
got caught as well in an FBI sting.

By the way UMAINE just made a great hire for their basketball program. Namely, Bob Simon is joining the Coach
Walsh's staff. This guy is excellent. He knows his stuff and he is going to be a great Coach for the UMAINE BASKETBALL PROGRAM. Two years ago he recruited the fourth best basketball class in the country for Avery Johnson

I think you are going to start to see some great improvement in the basketball program irrspective of what happens this year with Coach Walsh. Just having Simon on the staff is going to make a big difference.
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Re: NCAA basketball coaches among 10 facing federal corrupti

Postby basketball_guy » Wed Sep 27, 2017 11:03 pm

Alabama basketball administrator Kobie Baker's resignation on Wednesday is tied to the FBI investigation related to corruption and bribery in college basketball that also involves Auburn assistant Chuck Person, a source confirmed to AL.com.

Baker admitted during a meeting with Alabama officials on Wednesday to being "Staff Member 1" in the FBI complaint, according to a source.

According to the FBI complaint, Rashan Michel, who was arrested Tuesday, arranged a meeting with a confidential witness (CW-1) and someone referred to as "Staff Member 1" on or around May 3 during which CW-1 paid $5,000 to Staff Member 1 and $2,000 to Michel.

Alabama hoops staffer resigns, investigation begins
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During that meeting, which CW-1 recorded, CW-1 asked Staff Member 1 if he had the ability to influence players at his school to retain CW-1's services as an advisor, which he said he did.

"If access and relationships and leading to where you need to be, and you know, helping with that...yeah, I can absolutely do that," he said in the complaint.

Then, on or around August 31, Michel set up a meeting at a restaurant in Atlanta with Staff Member 1, CW-1 and the father of a highly-ranked incoming freshman at Staff Member 1's school.

The purpose of the meeting, which CW-1 recorded on audio and video, was for Staff Member 1 to introduce the father to CW-1 in an effort to begin influencing the father to push his son to hire CW-1 upon turning pro.


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During that meeting, CW-1 gave Michel approximately $10,000 in cash to give to Staff Member 1.

While the incoming player wasn't named, five-star point guard Collin Sexton is from the Atlanta area.

"Following yesterday's reports from New York regarding a Federal investigation of intercollegiate athletics, The University of Alabama Department of Athletics immediately initiated an internal review of our men's basketball operations," Crimson Tide athletic director Greg Byrne said in a statement released Wednesday night. "As a result, we have accepted the resignation effective today of Kobie Baker, a men's basketball administrator. Our review has not identified any NCAA or SEC rules violations nor the involvement of any other coach or staff member. We have notified both of the governing bodies of the actions we have taken. As always, we will continue to be proactive in our compliance efforts."
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Re: NCAA basketball coaches among 10 facing federal corrupti

Postby WABI » Thu Sep 28, 2017 2:53 am

Bob Walsh Gives his Take on Fraud Charges Against College Basketball Coaches

More programs are being exposed every day. The investigation into college basketball programs paying players continues. Today, Louisville coach Rick Pitino was axed.

Some say that a huge number of the 350 division one programs has been making unlawful and unethical payments to players. We spoke with UMaine coach Bob Walsh.

http://www.wabi.tv/content/sports/Bob-W ... 97693.html
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Postby WFVX » Thu Sep 28, 2017 3:07 am

Walsh saddened by recent NCAA scandal, proposes solution
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