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More charges in college basketball scandal could be coming soon
« on: October 07, 2017, 06:40:27 am »

Bruce Feldman, who covers college sports for Fox Sports, tweeted Friday morning that he hears more “indictments” are coming in the next couple of weeks. (Actually, the charges issued last week came from criminal complaints not indictments.)

So far, the investigation has produced the arrests of four assistant coaches -- Chuck Person of Auburn, Book Richardson of Arizona, Lamont Evans of Oklahoma State and Tony Bland of USC.

It has also resulted in the ouster of basketball coach Rick Pitino and the probable/possible ouster of athletic director Tom Jurich at Louisville. The federal criminal complaint charged a school’s assistant with allegedly working with an Adidas representative to allegedly pay money to a prospect’s family for the prospect to attend a certain school. That school has been identified as Louisville.

WDRB in Louisville reports that in a letter to Pitino, U of L interim president Greg Postel said the coach’s “pattern” of “inappropriate behavior” constituted justifiable cause for his firing.

“Your involvement in these recent scandals cannot be considered isolated events,” said the letter. “Instead, they are illustrative of a pattern and practice of inappropriate behavior.”

Meanwhile, a five-star prospect whose AAU coach was among the 10 people charged last week, committed to North Carolina on Wednesday. Nassir Little announced he would sign with the Tar Heels in the early signing period. The FBI’s investigation turned up information in which Little was allegedly being steered toward Miami or Arizona.

(North Carolina has its own NCAA troubles to worry about.)
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