College basketball scandal updates, news: Louisville has interim coach for Rick Pitino

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Louisville didn’t take long to put someone in charge of its basketball program after Cardinals coach Rick Pitino was placed on leave in one of the biggest college basketball scandals in decades.

Late Friday afternoon, U of L assistant coach David Padgett was named acting head coach —  a position he could hold for the entire 2017-18 season as Pitino is not expected to be allowed to return to the Cardinals’  bench.

Pitino was forced to take unpaid leave following his role in a recruiting scandal that was brought to light Tuesday when the FBI announced it has been running a two-year investigation into bribery, fraud and corruption in the sport.

Ten people connected to two separate — but related — schemes have been charged and arrested. Four of them are college basketball assistant coaches. One assistant has been fired and the other three have been indefinitely suspended, some of them without pay.

The investigation — which is not over — centers on college recruiting, which has long been tainted by those willing to break rules at all costs in an effort to get the best high school players.

Check back here for all the latest updates in the college basketball recruiting scandal:

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Here are schools that have been impacted by the investigation:

  • Assistant coach Chuck Person, a former NBA player and Auburn alum, is accused of handling a total of $141,500. Person was suspended without pay.
  • Coach Bruce Pearl, who is no stranger to NCAA trouble, is not named in the report.
  • The program is already being impacted by losing a high-profile recruit and offering to give refunds to season-ticket holders.
  • Assistant coach Emanuel “Book” Richardson is accused of paying a player identified only as “Player-5” $5,000 in bribe money to sign with the Wildcats. Richardson has been suspended with pay,
  • USC assistant Tony Bland is charged with conspiracy to commit bribery, soliciting a bribe and wire fraud. Bland has been charged with providing $9,000 cash payments to the families of two current USC players and has been suspended.
  • Assistant coach Lamont Evans is accused of receiving at least $22,000 in bribe money to “exert his influence over certain student-athletes” at Oklahoma State and South Carolina, where he was also an assistant before leaving for OSU. Evans has been fired by Oklahoma State.
  • Evans, formerly an assistant at Oklahoma State, is also accused of accepting bribe money while an assistant at South Carolina.
  • Athletic director Ray Tanner issued a statement that South Carolina is “not the target” of the FBI probe, but acknowledged that Evans was investigated.  

Other individuals impacted

  • Jim Gatto, director of Adidas global sports marketing: Accused of paying families of two high-profile recruits to play for Adidas-affiliated schools. One of those schools is Louisville. Money exchanged with the two families was $100,000 and $150,000, according to the FBI.
  • Merl Code, recently left Nike for Adidas: A right-hand man for Gatto involved in many of these exchanges, according to the complaint.
  • Christian Dawkins, former NBA agent recently fired from ASM Sports: Broker who…

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