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College basketball scandal updates: NCAA’s Mark Emmert wants changes

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Major changes are needed in college basketball before the 2018-19 season to demonstrate to the public that the NCAA can properly run the sport, NCAA President Mark Emmert said Monday.

Speaking to the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics in Washington D.C., Emmert made his most extensive since news of the FBI’s investigation into corruption and bribery in college basketball was announced in August.

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Schools impacted

  • Hall-of-Fame coach Rick Pitino was fired by Louisville. CBS Sports’ Gary Parrish wrote that Pitino left Louisville with no choice but to fire him after his involvement in a past recruiting scandal, but Pitino plans to fight the charges.
  • Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich was also fired after originall being put on paid leave.
  • After Pitino was put on leave, assistant coach David Padgett, a former Louisville player, was named acting head coach. 
  • Louisville named Vince Tyra, a former University of Kentucky baseball player and Louisville businessman, will be the interim athletic director.
  • The Cardinals fired assistant coach Jordan Fair without cause and the other remaining assistant coach, Kenny Johnson, was placed on paid administrative leave.
  • Louisville hired Trent Johnson, to be an assistant coach.
  • 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,
  • Arizona coach Sean Miller released a statement on the investigation.
  • Five-star point guard Jahvon Quinerly canceled his commitment to Arizona.  
  • 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.
  • Bland retained a high-profile attorney who has represented El Chapo and John Gotti Jr.
  • 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 organized the deals…

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