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The USDOJ Complaint Alleges Coaches Promised to Steer UofA, Southern Cal Athletes to Financial Managers

In the case of Arizona, it also looks like payments were made to a recruit.

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NCAA Basketball: New Mexico at Arizona
The USDOJ complaint against Book Richardson makes Sean Miller’s program look really dirty.
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The USDOJ complaint against Southern Cal assistant Tony Bland and Arizona assistant Book Richardson alleges that Bland and Richardson agreed to steer their student-athletes to the management company when players left school for the NBA.

There is no indication from the indictment that Tony Bland’s involvement dealt with recruiting. Bland’s involvement appears to be limited to just steering student-athletes to the management company.

However, after reading the complaint, it would appear that Richardson allegedly arranged for $15,000 to be paid to a player who verbally committed to Arizona around August 8, 2017. That would appear to be Jahvon Quinerly. Further evidence of this is the fact that, according to 247Sports, Quinerly was recruited to Arizona by Richardson.

Here is the full complaint against Lamont Evans, Book Richardson and Tony Bland on Scribd.

Here is the full complaint against Adidas execs Jim Gatto and Merl Code on Scribd.

For the sake of completeness, here is the full complaint against Chuck Person and Rashan Michel on Scribd.

So, what does this all mean in the big scheme of things? It’s way too early to tell as the investigation remains ongoing and there could be additional shoes that could drop. But, in general, it’s a dark day for college basketball as at least a portion of the seedy underbelly has been exposed.

Go Bruins.