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There will be a press conference today at noon to announce charges of fraud and corruption in college basketball.  Federal criminal charges have been brought against ten people, including four college basketball coaches, as well as managers, financial advisors, and representatives of a major international sportswear company.  The press conference will be livestreamed on Facebook @USAOSDNY. 

 

WHO:  

Joon H. Kim, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York

William F. Sweeney, Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation

 

WHEN:  

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 12 p.m.

 

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Louisville is named, which means that Rick Pitino again had no idea what his assistants were doing.

 

EDIT: Auburn had Chuck Person arrested, so Bruce Pearl is associated with this too. Just another time for Dick Vitale to absolve him, a noted snitch, of any wrongdoing too.

 

And Vitale got to Twitter finally.  Not going well as per usual, he protect the head coaches.

 

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http://www.cbc.ca/sports/basketball/nba/ncaa-coaches-charged-fraud-corruption-1.4307449

 

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Four college basketball coaches were among those facing federal charges Tuesday in a wide probe of fraud and corruption in the NCAA, authorities said.

 

The coaches were identified in court papers as Chuck Person of Auburn University, Emanuel Richardson of the University of Arizona, Tony Bland of the University of Southern California and Lamont Evans of Oklahoma State. They are in federal custody and expected to make court appearances later Tuesday.

 

They were among 10 people charged in Manhattan federal court. Others included managers, financial advisers and representatives of a major international sportswear company. The details were to be discussed at a news conference on Tuesday afternoon.

 

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

 

Bribes over adviser selection uncovered

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

 

In criminal complaints, investigators said basketball coaches have the ability to provide access to 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.

 

Person was arrested in Alabama; Bland in Tampa, Florida; Evans in Oklahoma; and Richardson in Arizona.

 

Person, the associate head coach at Auburn University, was the fourth overall pick in the NBA draft in 1986 and was selected by the Indiana Pacers. He played for five NBA teams over 13 seasons.

 

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2 hours ago, CS85 said:

Here's the full press release.  Looks bad.

 

https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdny/press-release/file/998751/download

 

 

Kentucky looking really bad.

 

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Jeff Eisenberg/Brian Hamilton said this is likely Louisville, not Kentucky. 

 

https://twitter.com/JeffEisenberg/status/912676996307496960

 

https://www.google.com/search?q=Louisville+enrollment&rlz=1C1GGRV_enUS754US754&oq=Louisville+enrollment&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l5.12863j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

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http://www.courier-journal.com/story/sports/college/louisville/2017/09/26/university-louisville-recruits-college-basketball-scandal/703820001/

 

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Louisville's interim president, Gregory Postel, acknowledged Tuesday afternoon that his school has received notice that it is included in a federal investigation "involving criminal activity related to men's basketball recruiting." He added: "While we are just learning about this information, this is a serious concern that goes to the heart of our athletic department and the university. UofL is committed to ethical behavior and adherence to NCAA rules; any violations will not be tolerated. We will cooperate fully with any law enforcement or NCAA investigation into the matter."

 

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If Louisville basketball doesn’t get the death penalty here, uh, I really don’t know.

 

I’m sure Brian Bowen ends up in Europe or Australia or somewhere, but I wonder how much NBA contract money that $100,000 is going to cost him after he falls in the draft.

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16 minutes ago, crashcarson15 said:

If Louisville basketball doesn’t get the death penalty here, uh, I really don’t know.

 

I’m sure Brian Bowen ends up in Europe or Australia or somewhere, but I wonder how much NBA contract money that $100,000 is going to cost him after he falls in the draft.

FWIW, Yahoo's Pat Forde, who lives in Louisville is already going there.

https://www.yahoo.com/amphtml/sports/ncaa-needs-give-louisville-basketball-death-sentence-bombshell-allegations-prove-correct-181930063.html

 

As far as Bowen, Mitchell Robinson and WKU have finally parted ways and he (for now) isn't going anywhere to play this fall. He'll prepare stateside.

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Pitino and AD Tom Jurich might not last through Friday. This Vegas meeting the FBI dicusses was just one month after the probation was given over the prostitution scandal. 

 

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...a coach for a university that matches U of L's description was caught on an undercover FBI video negotiating payments in a Las Vegas hotel room for a second recruit (class of 2019), prosecutors claim. The coach, who is not named, acknowledged that his school was on probation at the time and said, 'we gotta be very low key," according to court documents.

http://www.wdrb.com/story/36454113/university-of-louisville-appears-linked-to-federal-fraud-probe-of-college-basketball

 

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1 hour ago, OnWis97 said:

This thing is getting ugly in a hurry.

Most of us who follow prep (specifically AAU/travel team), college basketball or even only saw the movie, "Blue Chips", could've all told a similar tale. It just came to light in a big way.

 

This has been apparent from specific shoe sponsors holding exclusive campe, to the "packet racket" in the summer.

 

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4 hours ago, dfwabel said:

Louisville's interim president, Gregory Postel, acknowledged Tuesday afternoon that his school has received notice that it is included in a federal investigation "involving criminal activity related to men's basketball recruiting." He added: "While we are just learning about this information, this is a serious concern that goes to the heart of our athletic department and the university. UofL is committed to ethical behavior and adherence to NCAA rules; any violations will not be tolerated. We will cooperate fully with any law enforcement or NCAA investigation into the matter."

:lol::lol::lol:So why do they employ Pitino (I'll give him a slight pass on the sex scandal...it is possible that adult assistant coaches can do something behind the head man's back) and Petrino (who's as slimy as they come)?

 

At least the other schools bought players that could help them win....Auburn can't even cheat right!

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Rick Pitino's statement through his attorney*.

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These allegations come as a complete shock to me. If true, I agree with the U.S. Attorney’s Office that these third-party schemes, initiated by a few bad actors, operated to commit a fraud on the impacted universities and their basketball programs, including the University of Louisville. Our fans and supporters deserve better and I am committed to taking whatever steps are needed to ensure those responsible are held accountable.

https://www.cardchronicle.com/2017/9/26/16371356/louisville-coach-rick-pitino-releases-statement-on-fbi-investigation

Pitino's is also the attorney for the former U of L president, James Ramsey, who is under investigation for university foundation financial losses between $40-100M.

 

http://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/education/2017/07/14/losses-triple-insurance-coverage/476582001/

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https://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/report-high-profile-nba-agency-raided-by-fbi-amid-ncaa-basketball-investigation/

 

 

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Andy Miller, a prominent agent with the company who represents Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle Lowry, Serge Ibaka, Myles Turner, Austin Rivers and many others, reportedly had his computer confiscated by the FBI.

FBI documents show a connection between several of the college basketball coaches arrested on Tuesday and Christian Dawkins, who worked for ASM until he was terminated in May.

 

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Pitino's tale is basically summed up as; Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice; shame on me. Fool me three times; and you're gone.

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Louisville press conference set for 1PM Eastern, where the interim president will being the begging process to avoid the Death Penalty.

Edited by dfwabel

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