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Report: Top College Basketball Coaches, Players, Programs Involved in Corruption

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistFebruary 15, 2018

FILE - In this March 18, 2015, file photo, the NCAA logo is at center court as work continues at The Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, for the NCAA college basketball second and third round games.  The NCAA and 11 major athletic conferences announced Friday, Feb. 3, 2017,  they have agreed to pay $208.7 million to settle a federal class-action lawsuit filed by former college athletes who claimed the value of their scholarships was illegally capped. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)
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The complete findings of the FBI's probe into corruption and bribery in college basketball could reportedly have serious implications for some of the sport's biggest schools, coaches and players.

According to Yahoo Sports' Pete Thamel, "the breadth of potential NCAA rules violations uncovered is wide enough to fundamentally and indelibly alter the sport of college basketball" and "will impact every major conference, Hall of Fame coaches, a score of current top players and some of the nation’s most distinguished and respected programs."

It's unclear when the informationwhich was reportedly obtained through 330 days of monitoring by federal authorities—will be disclosed publicly. However, Thamel did note there's a "general expectation" it will ultimately be released and that it could implicate up to 50 different programs. 

ESPN.com's Mark Schlabach previously reported as many as 36 college basketball programs could be named "based on information included in wiretap conversations from the defendants and financial records, emails and cell phone records seized from NBA agent Andy Miller."

That information was obtained as part of the FBI's years-long investigation, which was first made public in September.

At the time, it resulted in the arrests of 10 men, including four assistant coaches, Adidas executives James Gatto and Merl Code, former agent Christian Dawkins, former NBA referee Rashan Michel, financial planner Munish Sood and former AAU director Jonathan Brad Augustine. 

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Charges against Augustine have since been dropped

The probe also resulted in Rick Pitino's dismissal from his post as head coach of the Louisville Cardinals after the FBI revealed two members of the coaching staff were aware Adidas funneled money to the families of prized recruits. 

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