4 NCAA Hoops Assistant Coaches Arrested
10 people have been charged in federal court today on federal corruption charges. 4 assistant basketball coaches from Arizona, Auburn, the University of Southern California and Oklahoma State were among those arrested after they were allegedly caught taking thousands of dollars in bribes to steer NBA-destined college stars toward certain sports agents and financial advisers. The coaches were identified in court papers as Chuck Person of Auburn University, Emanuel Richardson of the University of Arizona, Tony Bland of USC and Lamont Evans of Oklahoma State. They are in federal custody and expected to make court appearances later Tuesday. Others arrested included managers, financial advisers and James Gatto, the director of global sports marketing at Adidas. The details were to be discussed at a news conference on Tuesday afternoon.
In criminal complaints, investigators said many coaches have "enormous influence" over their players and how they select their agents and other advisers when they leave college and enter the NBA.
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