Assistant Coach Is Among Those Said to Take Bribes

Federal Corruption Charges Hit Four

NEW YORK—An Oklahoma State University assistant coach was among those facing federal corruption charges

The others were from Arizona, Auburn and the University of Southern California.

Authorities said the four assistant coaches were caught taking thousands of dollars in bribes to steer National Basketball Association-destined NCAA stars toward certain sports agents and financial advisors.

The coaches were identified as Chuck Person of Auburn University, Emanuel Richardson of the University of Arizona, Tony Bland of USC and Lamont Evans of Oklahoma State.

Among the six others charged were managers, financial advisors and the director of global sports marketing at Adidas.

“The picture of college basketball painted by the charges is not a pretty one,” said acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim at a news conference.

“That picture includes coaches at some of the nation’s top programs taking cash bribes, managers and advisors circling blue-chip prospects like coyotes, and employees of a global sportswear company funneling cash to families of high school recruits.

Since 2015, the FBI has been investigating the criminal influence of money on coaches and players in the NCAA, federal authorities said.

“For the 10 charged men, the madness of college basketball went well beyond the Big Dance in March,” Kim said. “Month after month, the defendants exploited the hoop dreams of student-athletes around the country, allegedly treating them as little more than opportunities to enrich themselves through bribery and fraud schemes.”

Investigators said the coaches have “enormous influence” over their players and how they select their agents and other advisors when they leave college and enter the NBA.

“The investigation has revealed several instances in which coaches have exercised that influence by steering players and their families to retain particular advisors, not because of the merits of those advisors but because the coaches were being bribed by the advisors to...To read more, subscribe to the blackchronicle newspaper