FBI Corruption Probe Identifies NCAA Rule Breakers

An FBI investigation into corruption found that at least a dozen Division I men’s basketball programs have been identified as possibly breaking NCAA rules through violations that were uncovered during their process, according to a report from Yahoo Sports which uncovered documents.

Duke, North Carolina, Texas, Kentucky, Michigan State, USC and Kansas are some of the schools that were identified as having players who possibly violated NCAA rules.

Per the report, at least 25 players are linked to impermissible benefits, including Michigan State’s Miles Bridges, Alabama’s Collin Sexton and Duke’s Wendell Carter.

The documents show that cash advances and entertainment and travel expenses paid for college prospects and their families.

Yahoo Sports goes on to name at least six players were identified in the documents as receiving payments exceeding $10,000 and includes Dallas Mavericks rookie point guard Dennis Smith Jr., who received $73,500 in loans from ASM before he played for NC State; Brooklyn Nets shooting guard Isaiah Whitehead, who received more than $37,000 around the time he was a freshman at Seton Hall; and Philadelphia 76ers number 1 overall draft pick Markelle Fultz, who received $10,000.

South Carolina, Louisville, Utah, Xavier, Wichita State, Clemson and Alabama were named as teams with current or former players who allegedly received payments.

Former LSU guard Tim Quarterman, former Maryland center Diamond Stone and former Kentucky center Edrice “Bam” Adebayo were other players named in the documents.

“These allegations, if true, point to systematic failures that must be fixed and fixed now if we want college sports in America,” NCAA president Mark Emmert said in a statement early Friday. “Simply put, people who engage in this kind of behavior have no place in college sports. They are an affront to all those who play by the rules.”

“With these latest allegations, it’s clear this work is more important now than ever,” the NCAA president said.

 

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