Chuck Person (Auburn), Emanuel Richardson (Arizona), Lamont Evans (Oklahoma State) and Tony Bland (USC) all have been accused of taking bribes to deliver star athletes to a financial adviser or an agent, federal prosecutors charged.
In a second set of allegations, authorities say that James Gatto, on behalf of an unnamed “sportswear company,” which we now know is Adidas, funneled “six-figure payments” to three players, who, in exchange, committed to play for particular college programs affiliated with the company. Gatto of course is the director of global sports marketing for Adidas.
University of Louisville seems to be hot on the radar of the FBI as well although charges have yet to be filed. Louisville’s interim president, Gregory Postel, said in a recently released statement that the school has received notice that it too is included in the federal investigation. In the statement he said, “While we are just learning about this information, this is a serious concern that goes to the heart of our athletic department and the university. UofL is committed to ethical behavior and adherence to NCAA rules; any violations will not be tolerated. We will cooperate fully with any law enforcement or NCAA investigation into the matter.”
In a live statement read by U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim, the NCAA was put on notice that the investigation is not over. These indictments could change college sports as we know it forever but only time will tell as this is only the beginning.