Sports Brief: First names implicated in federal college basketball investigation


Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo putting his arm around sophomore Miles Bridges, who was among the handful of names included in the Yahoo! Sports report last Friday. Photo Courtesy: Michigan State Basketball Official Facebook Page

Nicolo Manzo

The first dominoes are falling in the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) probe of the college basketball recruiting process.

According to Yahoo Sports, documents and bank records from former National Basketball Association (NBA) agent Andy Miller, his ex-associate Christian Dawkins and Miller’s ASB Sports agency contain cash advances and travel/entertainment expenses for prospects and their families.

The documents show that more than 25 players from at least 20 Division I schools may have participated in illegal recruiting practices.

Michigan State’s Miles Bridges, Duke’s Wendell Carter and Alabama’s Collin Sexton as well as now-NBA players Markelle Fultz and Dennis Smith among others were listed in the documents.

The first round of documents do not directly tie wrongdoing to the universities listed including Duke, North Carolina, Texas, Kentucky, Michigan State, USC and Kansas, but eligibility issues could arise for the players implicated in the documents if they hold up.

In turn, this could leave the upcoming National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Tournament in a sense of limbo until definite findings are announced.

Most of the universities have denied wrongdoing and have said that they will cooperate with authorities.

NCAA President Mark Emmert issued a statement in response to the Yahoo Sports’ report. He said that if the allegations are true, they “point to systematic failures that must be fixed and fixed now if we want college sports in America.”

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