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Four NCAA Division I basketball coaches, including former NBA star Chuck "The Rifleman" Connors Person, were indicted Tuesday in one of the biggest corruption scandals ever to hit college sports.

The indictments largely mirror charges brought in October alleging that the top-division NCAA men's coaches received kickbacks from agents, financial advisers and execs at clothing companies for steering their players to them for lucrative deals.

Person, for example, stands accused of accepted $91,500 from the government's cooperating witness - investment adviser Louis Martin Blazer III - in exchange for pushing Auburn players to him as clients.

He was indicted Tuesday by a Manhatan federal grand jury on six counts, including conspiracy and solicitation of bribes, and faces up to 80 years in prison if convicted.

"We're confident he will be vindicated at trial," Person's lawyer, Theresa Trzaskoma, said.

Others indicted included Emanuel "Book" Richardson, assistant coach at Arizona; Tony Bland, USC assistant coach; and Lamont Evans, assistant coach at Oklahoma State University.

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