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NCAA basketball coaches among 10 charged with fraud and corruption

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http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/20824193/ncaa-basketball-coaches-10-charged-fraud-corruption

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Federal prosecutors have announced charges of fraud and corruption against 10 people involved in college basketball, including assistant coaches at Arizona, Auburn, Oklahoma State and USC.

The coaches named in court documents are Auburn's Chuck Person, Oklahoma State's Lamont Evans, Arizona's Emanuel "Book" Richardson and USC's Tony Bland. It was not immediately clear who would represent them at initial court appearances.

Other people charged in Manhattan federal court included managers, financial advisers and representatives of a major international sportswear company. The details were to be discussed at a news conference Tuesday at noon ET.

Other people named in the documents include James Gatto, director of global sports marketing at Adidas; Merl Code, who recently left Nike for Adidas; Christian Dawkins, an NBA agent who was fired in May from ASM Sports for charging approximately $42,000 in Uber charges on a player's credit card; Jonathan Brad Augustine, president of The League Initiative and program director of the Adidas-sponsored 1 Family AAU program; Munish Sood, a financial adviser; and Rashan Michel, a former NBA official who founded Thompson Bespoke Clothing, a custom clothier for athletes.

Since 2015, the FBI has been investigating the criminal influence of money on coaches and student-athletes in the NCAA, federal authorities said.

They said the probe has revealed numerous instances in which bribes were paid by athlete advisers, such as financial advisers and associate coaches, to other coaches to exert influence over student-athletes so the athletes would use the services of those paying the bribes.

In criminal complaints, investigators said coaches can provide access for the student-athletes to sports agents, financial advisers, business managers and others.

"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.

"The investigation has revealed several instances in which coaches have exercised that influence by steering players and their families to retain particular advisers, not because of the merits of those advisers, but because the coaches were being bribed by the advisers to do so," the papers said.

Court documents state that Gatto, Code, Dawkins, Augustine and Sood were "making and concealing bribe payments to high school student-athletes and/or their families in exchange for, among the other things, the student-athletes' commitment to play basketball for University-6 and University-7, thereby causing the universities to provide athletic scholarships to student-athletes who, in truth and in fact, were ineligible to compete as a result of the bribe payments."

The universities are not explicitly named in the document.

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Another university basketball scandal.  Color me shocked.

 

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Ha, another way to profit off of the student athlete. 

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21 hours ago, Captain Cabinets said:

... AND Slimy Slick Rick knew nothing about this either....  

I wonder how much of a say so parents have in the recruiting process of their kids, I say this because don't you think this should drastically benefit the recruitment of Romeo Langford to IU? I would have to believe between the allegations against U of L earlier involving strippers and escorts an now an FBI investigation I wouldn't want my 18 year old son and his name anywhere around that program even if it is only for a year. I get that some players and family are involved in the scandal, but what about the majority of recruits who are not? How can you still consider playing for a program like this? Shouldn't this do in U of L bball for a while 

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2 minutes ago, EasyEJay said:

I wonder how much of a say so parents have in the recruiting process of their kids, I say this because don't you think this should drastically benefit the recruitment of Romeo Langford to IU? I would have to believe between the allegations against U of L earlier involving strippers and escorts an now an FBI investigation I wouldn't want my 18 year old son and his name anywhere around that program even if it is only for a year. I get that some players and family are involved in the scandal, but what about the majority of recruits who are not? How can you still consider playing for a program like this? Shouldn't this do in U of L bball for a while 

Yes, Romeo's parents are very involved in the process the way it sounds.  Lots of Romeo discussion here ... http://btownbanners.com/topic/9275-2018-sg-romeo-langford/?page=74 

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14 minutes ago, Captain Cabinets said:

Yes, Romeo's parents are very involved in the process the way it sounds.  Lots of Romeo discussion here ... http://btownbanners.com/topic/9275-2018-sg-romeo-langford/?page=74 

http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/college/2017/09/27/report-louisvilles-rick-pitino-expects-fired/707662001/ 

Well if violations aren't enough to steer you away from a program a head coaching change just might. Looks like we will know for sure around 1PM 

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Rick Pitino Reportedly Expected to Be Fired Wednesday After FBI-NCAA Probe: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2735450-rick-pitino-reportedly-expected-to-be-fired-wednesday-after-fbi-ncaa-probe

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ESPN's Michael Eaves reported Wednesday that Rick Pitino is expected to be fired as head coach of the Louisville Cardinals men's basketball team.

Eaves provided additional insight on Facebook:

"Pitino has told members of his coaching staff that he expects to lose his job over allegations the Cardinals basketball program is involved in a federal investigation into fraud and corruption in college basketball recruiting. ... Pitino 'knows it's coming' after a staff meeting of the basketball coaches Wednesday morning in Louisville."

Jody Demling of CardinalAuthority.com later reported Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich was fired, with Kent Taylor of WAVE-TV reporting Jurich was asked to fire Pitino, but refused, leading to their exits.

Louisville president Gregory Postel announced there will be a press conference at 1 p.m. EST and neither Pitino or Jurich will be in attendenance, per Pat Forde of Yahoo Sports.

According to ESPN.com, Louisville is part of an FBI probe that alleges coaches, agents and financial advisers linked to several different universities bribed collegiate basketball players.

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About time.

 

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I agree 100% sadly from most reports he will win in court regarding his current 44 million dollar buyout. Again I feel for the player not involved and the fans a sad day for them. 

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Sadly, yes.  Rick won't be hurting for any cash.  With the buyout and all he's currently sitting on right now ($25 million), there's no need for him to become a greeter at Wal-Mart, etc.

 

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official word: 

Pitino is placed on administrative leave (unpaid) his job will be reviewed at a later date TBA 

Turich is placed on administrative leave (paid) his job will be reviewed by the board of trustees on I believe they said Oct 18th. 

Player-10 outlined in the report is going to be withheld from all intercollegiate activities (Games and Practices) indefinitely by the university but name is being protected will remain unanimous (Like we all can't connect the dots thanks).

Looks like this is going to turn into a complete and total circus leading up to the College Basketball season. 

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Player 10 :  Brown I believe correct?  

I believe Turich was told to fire Pitino, he said no, so he was canned, and Inter. Prez did them both in.

Shady Rick's contract says they have 10 days to dispute a firing claim, after 10 days when the final plug will be pulled.  

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17 hours ago, Coach Nowlin said:

Player 10 :  Brown I believe correct?  

Brain Bowen is Player number 10

 Also per release of his family Romeo Langford is no longer considering U of L. He is now down to six schools Indiana, Kansas, UK, Vanderbilt, UCLA. All reports point to it being down to Kansas and Indiana.

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I could see, in these scenario's, where a head coach may not have know that a recruited highschool prospect was approached by business people. I can believe Slick Rick.

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I don't.   Not a chance that Pitino hadn't a clue.  Or anyone else for that manner.    If that was true, then he needs to be fired for allowing one of his staff members to conduct these deals as well.  Either way, more than just cause.  

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Do you think the IHSAA will impose any restrictions on LaLumiere?  I know they have a travel team that plays big name games but any chance they are prevented from scheduling other IHSAA teams?

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2 hours ago, Coach Nowlin said:

I don't.   Not a chance that Pitino hadn't a clue.  Or anyone else for that manner.    If that was true, then he needs to be fired for allowing one of his staff members to conduct these deals as well.  Either way, more than just cause.  

Well, right out of Slick Ricks mouth" I didn't have any knowledge" of these inappropriate contacts. 

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1 hour ago, oldtimeqb said:

Do you think the IHSAA will impose any restrictions on LaLumiere?  I know they have a travel team that plays big name games but any chance they are prevented from scheduling other IHSAA teams?

IHSAA has ZERO to do with LaLumiere, they hold ZERO jurisdiction as LaLumiere is not an IHSAA school.   They can do whatever they want.   LaLumiere does not play in any IHSAA sanction sports tournament series so they are free to schedule whoever would like to play them.  

2 minutes ago, southend said:

Well, right out of Slick Ricks mouth" I didn't have any knowledge" of these inappropriate contacts. 

http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/20848092/louisville-cardinals-basketball-coach-rick-pitino-coach-2-federal-complaint-source

 

Seems as if Ole Ricky is Coach #2

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Doyel has been GREAT for the Indy Star.   I read him all the time when he was at CBSSports.    

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3 hours ago, Coach Nowlin said:

IHSAA has ZERO to do with LaLumiere, they hold ZERO jurisdiction as LaLumiere is not an IHSAA school.   They can do whatever they want.   LaLumiere does not play in any IHSAA sanction sports tournament series so they are free to schedule whoever would like to play them.  

http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/20848092/louisville-cardinals-basketball-coach-rick-pitino-coach-2-federal-complaint-source

 

Seems as if Ole Ricky is Coach #2

The Georgia HSA has prohibited all its members from playing IMG out of Florida. 

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If they haven't done so already, the Feds will get the kids/families that got the $$ to flip on the coaches, agents, companies, etc.  That's the way the Feds do business. They've got leverage over the kids/families because ... and I'm going out on a limb here ... but I'm pretty sure the kids/families didn't declare the cash they got as income, and pay taxes on it.

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An interesting viewpoint: NCAA Violations Are Now Federal Crimes?: https://mises.org/blog/ncaa-violations-are-now-federal-crimes

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Recent federal criminal charges of conspiracy and wire fraud brought against four assistant college basketball coaches and executives from Adidas seem to be popular in the mainstream media, judging from the numerous articles I have seen about the story. For that matter, even some libertarians, noting their belief that college sports are “corrupt,” are cheering on federal authorities.

I am not one of the cheerleaders for this latest intrusion of federal criminal law into what essentially is peaceful, private activity, National Collegiate Athletic Association rules aside. While most journalists seem to see this as an example of federal authorities riding in on their white horses to save college basketball from the scourge of “corruption,” I see this as the government destroying lives for no good reason and protecting the sources of the real corruption at the same time. Far from “cleaning up” major college sports, this is a classic bait-and-switch operation in which federal authorities are conspiring to redirect resources from those that should have it (if we actually hold to the belief that individuals should be compensated for their contribution of added wealth to the economy), all the while claiming they are “protecting” the very people being robbed.

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The bottom line is that should this federal action proceed unimpeded — and so far I have seen no voices raised that even are remotely critical for this new power grab — this means that every single NCAA recruiting or other athletic violation can be morphed into a federal crime. Every single one. That the NCAA rule book rivals the Federal Register in size and anyone familiar with college sports knows it almost is impossible not to violate at least one rule while participating in collegiate athletics is not even brought up for discussion. Instead, we see lawyers, journalists, and others in position of influence lining up behind the feds to cheer them on as they smash into the lives of coaches and athletes like crazed bulls into a room displayed with Waterford Crystal.

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There is no doubt these actions violated NCAA rules. However, breaking the rules of a private organization is not the same as inflicting harm that rises to the level of criminality. Unfortunately, people are going to spend time in federal prison for their non-crimes while journalists and others beat their chests and claim justice was done.

 

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