In a press conference on Monday, Miami Hurricanes coach Jim Larranaga stated that he his legal team believes he is ‘Coach 3’ in the FBI college basketball probe.
According to Palm Beach Post reporter Matt Porter, in the FBI report, ‘Coach-3’ was said to be aware of an Adidas executive and others attempting to provide roughly $150,000 to a 2018 recruit, who is now known to be North Carolina commit Nassir Little.
Larranaga, who said he has been complying with investigators and providing everything requested, mentioned he was thankful to be ‘Coach 3’ for two reasons: he didn’t do anything wrong and it would mean that his assistants had no involvement.
Larranaga read from a prepared statement in response to all questions regarding the investigation.
He expressed his feelings of discomfort while also giving thanks to those in his corner.
“It’s been a strain, physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually,” Larranaga said of the investigation. “It’s something that’s there. I have to deal with it. I have the support of my wife and a wonderful family. I have the support of the university, my staff and players.”
According to a 247Sports story by Kevin Flaherty, Larranaga personally wasn’t specifically included in court documents pertaining to the scandal, however Miami was determined as one of the main universities — as well as Louisville — referenced about adidas allegedly paying players to attend schools the company sponsored.
The documents include a conversation through wiretap, in which executives talk about how much money it would cost to land Little to play at Miami during its recruiting battle with Arizona, who is a Nike school.
Little and his father have publicly denied any wrongdoing by Miami.
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