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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 Book Richardson and USC's Tony Bland. It was not immediately clear who would represent them at initial court appearances.
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."
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.
originally posted by: Bluntone22
a reply to: Edumakated
I think you're underestimating most of these athletes.
The majority of them know that they will never play sports professionally and actually do use the opportunity to get a degree.
Granted that some schools are the exception, "Alabama" "Miami" "Ohio state".
On a side note, the football and men's basketball programs make most of the athletic programs revenue at these schools. That revenue pays most of the women's programs costs.
There is a lot of benefit derived from football.
And I do think that these guys need paid, at least a few hundred a month so they can take a girl on a date.
originally posted by: ketsuko
a reply to: Edumakated
So when you start paying the money sport athletes, what happens to the ones in sports like track & field?
I ask because that's what I was. Do we just simply get our programs cut?