The AAU coach of a former Miami basketball recruit that later signed with North Carolina has been cleared of any federal charges in the FBI’s ongoing investigation into several college programs nationwide.
According to the Miami Herald’s Michelle Kaufman, Jonathan Augustine, who used to run the 1-Family Hoops program in Central Florida, will no longer face charges brought against him this past September. One of Augustine’s players was Nassir Little, who is a senior in college and will debut with the Tar Heels in the 2018-19 season.
While Augustine apparently accepted bribe money during the investigation as part of a plan to steer Little toward Miami, he kept the money instead. Of course, if he had given the cash to Little and Little’s family, it would have been a different story.
Hurricanes coach Jim Larranaga had been cooperating with the investigation since it began. Along with his legal team, he has claimed to have not been involved. Now, with Augustine’s charges going away, Larranaga appears to have been vindicated.
Miami is currently 18-7 and 7-6 in the ACC. It faces Syracuse at home on Saturday.
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