Miles Bridges Among Players, Schools Reportedly Listed in NCAA Corruption Probe

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistFebruary 23, 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 FBI probe into corruption and bribery in college basketball reportedly shows potential NCAA rules violations at more than 20 schools.

Per Yahoo Sports' Pat Forde and Pete Thamel, documents in the case reveal "an underground recruiting operation" involving at least 20 Division I programs and more than 25 players.

Michigan State's Miles Bridges is listed among the current college players who potentially received extra benefits.

Current NBA rookies Dennis Smith Jr. (North Carolina State) and Markelle Fultz (Washington) are among the six players listed on a spreadsheet as receiving thousands of dollars from ASM Sports.

ASM Sports is the agency founded by Andy Miller, who used to represent NBA stars like Kristaps Porzingis of the New York Knicks and Kyle Lowry of the Toronto Raptors before relinquishing his NBPA certification in December as a result of the FBI probe.

Duke, North Carolina, Texas, Kentucky, Michigan State, USC and Alabama are among the schools potentially in violation of NCAA rules for giving "impermissible benefits and preferential treatment for players and families of players," per the report.

San Diego State suspended forward Malik Pope, who was accused of receiving a $1,400 loan from an agent, per Mark Zeigler of the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Duke released a statement on Wendell Carter, who was also named in the report, per Brian Hamilton of the Fieldhouse:

Brian Hamilton @_Brian_Hamilton

Duke says there are no eligibility issues stemming from the Yahoo report โ€œbased on the available information.โ€ Wendell Carterโ€™s name popped up in the story. https://t.co/ehXWGCmre3

โ€œThese 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 Thursday. "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."

Forde and Thamel reported Wednesday that various financial records, documents and wiretaps tied to Miller and Christian Dawkins, his former associate, provided insight into how the corruption in college basketball operated.

Dawkins was among 10 people arrested and charged last September when the FBI raided ASM Sports' offices.

The case has already led to Louisville firing head coach Rick Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich. Assistant coaches Chuck Person (Auburn), Lamont Evans (Oklahoma State), Emanuel Richardson (Arizona) and Tony Bland (USC) were also fired by their respective schools for their connection to the scandal.


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