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BREAKING: NCAA Assistant Basketball Coaches Arrested For Fraud And Corruption

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The FBI has reportedly arrested several assistant basketball coaches in the NCAA in connection with a fraud and corruption investigation, according to NBC News.

A senior law enforcement official told NBC the arrests were made across the country on Monday night and there would be a press conference regarding the investigation at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York on Tuesday.

ESPN’s Darren Rovell added that 10 people are being charged as a result of the probe, four of them being college basketball coaches. Of the coaches involved are Auburn University’s Chuck Person, Oklahoma State’s Lamont Evans, and Arizona’s Emmanuel Richardson, Bloomberg reports.

 

The Department of Justice released a statement regarding the press conference on Tuesday morning.

“There will be a press conference today at noon to announce charges of fraud and corruption in college basketball. Federal criminal charges have been brought against ten people, including four college basketball coaches, as well as managers, financial advisors, and representatives of major international sportswear company,” the DOJ statement read.

 

It appears that the corruption goes back as far as recruiting players from high school, although the coaches’ involvement isn’t known. Jim Gatto, head of sports marketing for Adidas, is accused of paying high school students to attend Adidas schools and then signing with Adidas later.

More details to come…