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Indictments Imminent in College Basketball Scandal

Paul Steinbach

Indictments stemming from the scandal that has rocked the college basketball world could come as early as next week, according to Yahoo Sports.

A grand jury is expected to bring charges against individuals ensnared by a three-year FBI investigation into how shoe companies, sports agents, financial planners and AAU coaches influence decisions regarding where recruits wind up attending college to play basketball.

The men expected to be indicted are: Chuck Person (Auburn); Emanuel “Book” Richardson (Arizona); Lamont Evans (Oklahoma State); Tony Bland (USC); James Gatto (Adidas executive)’ Merl Code (Adidas executive); Christian Dawkins (former employee of agency that represents NBA players); Munish Sood (financial adviser); Jonathan Brad Augustine (Florida-based AAU coach); and Rashan Michel (former NBA referee and current custom-suit salesman).

Sentencing history indicates that these individuals could serve 11 years or more in prison, but likely less than four. Attorneys for the coaches can now begin the discovery process to assess the evidence the government has against their clients. To date, none of the accused are believed to have cut a deal with federal authorities.

Others identified by investigators, including former University of Louisville head coach Rick Pitino, have not been charged with crimes. Louisville fired Pitino on Oct. 16 after a secret FBI recording revealed a plan to allegedly have Adidas pay $100,000 to a Louisville recruit.  

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