Ten people were charged in New York federal court.
Lamont Evans of Oklahoma State University, Chuck Person of Auburn University, Tony Bland of the University of Southern California and Emanuel Richardson of the University of Arizona are all among those charged. "As alleged, NCAA Division I and AAU coaches created a pay-to-play culture, agreeing to provide access to their most valuable players while also effectively exerting their influence over them". According to court documents reviewed by CBS Sports Insider Gary Parrish, the prospect committed in June.
"The investigation has revealed several instances in which coaches have exercised that influence by steering players and their families to retain particular advisers, not because of the merits of those advisers, but because the coaches were being bribed by the advisers to do so". Gatto's lawyer did not immediately respond to an email request for comment. Finally, Pearl is on the cusp of a breakthrough season, having assembled a roster good enough to get Auburn into the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 14 years.
According to the indictment, the FBI video-recorded a July 27 meeting in Las Vegas that involved who appeared to be a U of L coach discussing the recruitment of a high school player expected to graduate in 2019.
As a player, Bland transferred to SDSU after two years at Syracuse University.
This story will be updated. The scandal could cost the school its 2013 national championship.
Recounting one conversation between Person and a recruit's family, Kim said that Person "assured a player's mother that he himself had not received a penny for promoting that adviser to her. That was a lie, too: That conversation took place five days after Person had taken an envelope filled with $15,000 in cash from that very adviser during a secret meeting in a Manhattan hotel room".
Kim made it a point to single out Person in discussing the arrests of the coaches.
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University 1 was identified as Auburn, where Person was employed as an associate head coach and where he had previously played college basketball. They said he kicked back $18,500 to the families of two of the players.
The charges range from wire fraud and bribery to money-laundering, conspiracy and other offenses.
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