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NCAA coaches among 10 charged with fraud and corruption

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Federal prosecutors have announced charges of fraud and corruption in college basketball, including against four coaches.

The coaches are identified in court papers as Chuck Person of Auburn University, Emanuel Richardson of the University of Arizona, Tony Bland of the University of Southern California and Lamont Evans of Oklahoma State. They are in federal custody and expected to make court appearances later today.

They were among 10 people charged in New York City federal court. Others included managers, financial advisers and the director of global sports marketing for Adidas James Gatto.

In criminal complaints, authorities said agents and financial advisers paid bribes to assistant coaches to get them to introduce them to star college players and their parents before the students turned professional. Authorities said the coaches received thousands of dollars in bribes, enabling the agents and others to get a slice of the millions of dollars the athletes could eventually make in the NBA.

The acting U.S. attorney in Manhattan, Joon Kim, says the case has exposed "the dark underbelly of college basketball." He says the coaches exploited the "trust of the players they coached and recruited."

Auburn University says it has suspended Person, who was accused of taking a $50,000 bribe in exchange for steering a player into doing business with a certain financial adviser.

Adidas says it's unaware of any misconduct at its company but pledges to "fully cooperate with authorities."
 

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