USC Fires Assistant Coach Tony Bland Amid College Basketball Bribery Case

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistJanuary 25, 2018

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 10: Anthony Bland exits the Federal Courthouse in Manhattan on October 10, 2017 in New York City. Several people associated with NCAA Basketball have been charged as part of a corruption ring. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)
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USC assistant basketball coach Tony Bland has been fired by the school for after being part of an FBI probe into bribery and corruption in college basketball.

Per Nathan Fenno of the Los Angeles Times, Bland's attorney, Jeffrey Litchman, said his client was fired last week.

Bland was one of four assistant coaches charged last September with bribery conspiracy, solicitation of bribes, honest services fraud conspiracy, honest service fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and Travel Act conspiracy. 

The charges came as the result of a three-year FBI probe related to coaches receiving financial compensation to direct players going into the NBA toward specific agents and apparel companies. 

Chuck Person from Auburn, Lamont Evans from Oklahoma State and Emanuel Richardson from Arizona were the other coaches charged in the case. They have also been fired by their respective schools for their involvement in the scandal. 

Hired by USC in 2013, Bland had been on administrative leave since September.  

 

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