Mountain West May Not Be Out Of The Woods Regarding FBI Scandal

Mountain West May Not Be Out Of The Woods Regarding FBI Scandal

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Mountain West May Not Be Out Of The Woods Regarding FBI Scandal


Yahoo Sports Reported New Information Wednesday On The FBI College Basketball Scandal

UNLV reportedly conducted an internal review as a response to the federal probe in October

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“If your school produced a first-round pick in the past three years, be worried,” a source told Yahoo Sports

More details are surfacing from the federal investigation into college basketball recruitment cheating.

Yahoo Sports’ Pete Thamel and Pat Forde have produced two pieces over the past week detailing new information on the college basketball scandal. The reports have been damning, as Yahoo’s sources indicate that up to 50 programs or more could be impacted by the investigation.

Four former college basketball assistant coaches have already been arrested due to the investigation, including former Auburn associate head coach Chuck Person, former Oklahoma State assistant coach Lamont Evans, former Arizona assistant coach Emanuel “Book” Richardson, and former USC assistant coach Tony Bland. Adidas’ global sports marketing director James Gatto, former Adidas and Nike employee Merl Code, and also Adidas’ Jonathan Brad Augustine have been arrested in addition to the four ex-college basketball coaches.

Sources told Yahoo that former NBA agent Andy Miller and former associate Christian Dawkins have had financial activity in the past that is “expected to compromise dozens of players,” which could play directly into the FBI’s findings. Over 4,000 calls, thousands of documents, and bank records involving Miller have been included as evidence into the investigation.

According to the Associated Press, UNLV ran an internal review of its program after October’s federal investigation reports.

Associated Press asked 84 “top universities” in college basketball how they planned to respond to the federal corruption scandal. Programs were asked the following question: “Are you reviewing your own basketball program – internally or with a consultant – as a response to the federal probe?”

UNLV confirmed that it either planned or was currently in the process of reviewing its program. San Diego State reportedly chose not to run an internal review at the time of the report. UNLV and San Diego State were the only Mountain West programs mentioned in the Associated Press article.

An unnamed source familiar with the investigation told Yahoo that “there are spreadsheets detailing who got paid, how much they got paid and how much more they were planning to pay.”

Though power-conference teams appear to be the focal point of the investigation, it is unclear whether mid- or low-major teams may be impacted. Teams that have recruited high-level talent in the past will surely be questioned, according to the reports.

“Those spreadsheets cast a wide net throughout college basketball. If your school produced a first-round pick in the past three years, be worried,” the source told Yahoo.

In 2015, UNLV’s Rashad Vaughn was selected 17th overall in the NBA Draft. Wyoming’s Larry Nance was also taken in the first round of 2015’s draft, picked 27th overall. Vaughn and Nance are the only former Mountain West first round draft selections from the past three years. Former UNLV players Stephen Zimmerman and Patrick McCaw were drafted in the second round in 2016.

Current UNLV freshman center and former five-star recruit Brandon McCoy is expected to be selected in the first round of June’s NBA Draft, assuming he declares.

Boise State’s senior guard Chandler Hutchison also expects to be taken in the first round of this year’s draft. Hutchison is a former four-star recruit. In September, Boise State head coach Leon Rice told the media that his program does everything “the right way,” assuring that his program has never committed wrongdoing in recruitment.

At this time, no Mountain West teams have been reportedly involved in the FBI’s findings.


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