The corruption case in NCAA basketball took another turn Friday morning. Pat Forde and Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports released a detailed story featuring bank records and other documents that showed at least 25 players from 20 college basketball programs received impermissible benefits from a sports agency over the last few years. Michigan State’s Tom Izzo and Spartans star Miles Bridges are among those mentioned in the report, which is based on federal documents that relate to the FBI investigation into the sport.
. @YahooSports exclusive: Federal documents taken from ASM Sports in hoops corruption case reveal extensive potential NCAA violations. Docs show some of the biggest stars and programs in the sport, including more than 20 schools and 25 players. https://t.co/N6zcAD3IRY
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) February 23, 2018
Yahoo obtained records from ASM Sports, an agency run by Andy Miller and an associate, Christian Dawkins. Both Miller and Dawkins are subjects in an FBI probe into college basketball corruption. The documents show at least 25 players ― including some of the sport’s biggest names over the last few years ― received loans and other payments from ASM Sports.
Several other big-name programs were implicated in the report, including Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina and USC. They all potentially could be found to have violated NCAA amateurism rules.
Who’s implicated from the Big Ten?
Michigan State did not have a player listed as receiving money from ASM. However, the mother of Spartans star Miles Bridges reportedly received hundreds of dollars in advances from Christian Dawkins. Tom Izzo also was mentioned in the report as one of the high-profile people in the sport who had dinner with Dawkins.
The federal documents showed that former Maryland star Diamond Stone received a loan of $14,303 while he was with the Terps.
Former Penn State standout D.J. Newbill also was listed with a $2,000 loan from ASM, but it’s unclear if he received the money before or after he finished his college career in 2015.
What’s the NCAA saying?
NCAA president Mark Emmert released a statement about the report hours after it came out Friday morning.
“These allegations, if true, point to systematic failures that must be fixed and fixed now if we want college sports in America. Simply put, people who engage in this kind of behavior have no place in college sports. They are an affront to all those who play by the rules, Emmert said.
“Following the Southern District of New York’s indictments last year, the NCAA Board of Governors and I formed the independent Commission on College Basketball, chaired by Condoleezza Rice, to provide recommendations on how to clean up the sport. With these latest allegations, it’s clear this work is more important now than ever. The Board and I are completely committed to making transformational changes to the game and ensuring all involved in college basketball do so with integrity. We also will continue to cooperate with the efforts of federal prosecutors to identify and punish the unscrupulous parties seeking to exploit the system through criminal acts.”
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