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USC asst. coach caught taking money in Vegas; one of several arrested by FBI

Posted: 10:22 AM, Sep 26, 2017
Updated: 2017-09-26 16:28:39-04
Several NCAA basketball coaches arrested
Several NCAA basketball coaches arrested

The FBI has arrested several NCAA assistant basketball coaches, multiple outlets reported. 

Charges of fraud and corruption included assistant coaches at Arizona coach Emanuel Richardson, Oklahoma State coach Lamont Evans, Auburn coach Chuck Person and USC coach Tony Bland, according to reports.

USC men's basketball coach Tony Bland's story hits close to Las Vegas. He was caught in a sting that involved him taking $13K from an undercover FBI agent.

The arrests also include representatives from Adidas and Nike, ESPN reported. 

 

Adidas director of global sports marketing for basketball Jim Gatto and Merl Code, the head of Nike's Elite Youth Basketball League also were named, according to Business Insider .

They have been charged with "making and concealing bribe payments" to high school athletes and/or their families, according to Business Insider.

"Today, we became aware that federal investigators arrested an Adidas employee," Adidas said in a statement to NBC News . "We’re unaware of any misconduct and will fully cooperate with authorities to understand more."

The coaches are accused of taking cash bribes for delivering star athletes to a financial adviser or agent. 

According to NBC, some of the defendants are accused of paying a high school player in order for him to play at Louisville. 

The NCAA was not aware of the investigation, according to CBS Sports' Seth Davis.