University 6: Louisville Named In Federal Indictment, Bribery Alleged

At a press conference Tuesday afternoon, the acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney said the charges were a black mark on all of college basketball: "Coaches at some of the nation's top programs taking cash bribes, managers and advisers circling blue-chip prospects like coyotes, and employees of a global sportswear company funneling cash to families of high school recruits".

According to court papers, prosecutors said the FBI has been investigating criminal influence of student-athletes who participate in NCAA basketball since 2015.

The probe revealed "numerous instances" of financial advisors, business managers and others paying bribes to assistant college basketball coaches - and sometimes directly to players - in exchange for the coaches encouraging those athletes to use the services of the financial managers once they turned professional.

The coaches were identified as Chuck Person of Auburn University, Emanuel Richardson of the University of Arizona, Tony Bland of USC and Lamont Evans of Oklahoma State.

The charges include bribery, conspiracy and fraud.

The charges stem from an investigation by the FBI and federal prosecutors into the criminal influence of money on NCAA coaches and athletes.

No UofL coaches were named in any of the several lengthy reports released Tuesday by the the U.S. Attorney's Office.

According to the lawsuit, coaches were closely involved in the plans to funnel cash to players in exchange for directing players through the institution and back to a sports representative company involved in the allegations.

Some of the other defendants are James Gatto, director for global sports marketing for basketball at Adidas; Rashan Michel, who runs an Atlanta apparel company; New Jersey money manager Munish Sood; and onetime sports agent Christian Dawkins.

The details are staggering: Routine six-figure payments to top recruits to deliver them to specific schools.

"Today, we became aware that federal investigators arrested an Adidas employee". "As alleged, NCAA Division I and AAU coaches created a pay-to-play culture, agreeing to provide access to their most valuable players while also effectively exerting their influence over them. The University of Arizona has a strong culture of compliance and the expectation is we follow the rules", the statement read.

Sood and Dawkins also facilitated the payment of $20,000 in bribes to Richardson and $13,000 in bribes to Bland, according to the complaint. He helped coach the Aztecs to the NCAA Tournament during all four of his years as an assistant, including their first-ever run to the Sweet 16 in the 2011 NCAA Tournament as the team finished the season 34-3.

  • Leon Brazil