Mark Emmert Issues Statement Responding to Yahoo Report on Corruption Probe

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistFebruary 23, 2018

NCAA President Mark Emmert answers a question at a news conference Thursday, March 30, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)
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NCAA president Mark Emmert issued a statement Friday in response to a report from Yahoo Sports about the FBI probe into corruption across college basketball. 

Here is Emmert's full statement:

"These allegations, if true, point to systematic failures that must be fixed and fixed now if we want college sports in America. 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. Following the Southern District of New York's indictments last year, the NCAA Board of Governors and I formed the independent Commission on College Basketball, chaired by Condoleezza Rice, to provide recommendations on how to clean up the sport. With these latest allegations, it's clear this work is more important now than ever. The Board and I are completely committed to making transformational changes to the game and ensuring all involved in college basketball do so with integrity. We also will continue to cooperate with the efforts of federal prosecutors to identify and punish the unscrupulous parties seeking to exploit the system through criminal acts."

Yahoo Sports' Pat Forde and Pete Thamel reported Friday there are documents with detailed information about college basketball's "underground recruiting operation" and potential NCAA rules violations for at least 20 schools, involving more than 25 players. 

Forde and Thamel's report specifically mentions Michigan State's Miles Bridges, Duke's Wendell Carter and Alabama's Collin Sexton among those who potentially received extra benefits either personally or through members of their family. 

A balance sheet from ASM Sports, founded by former NBA agent Andy Miller, lists financial payments to former North Carolina State star Dennis Smith Jr. and former Washington guard Markelle Fultz, per the report.

Duke, North Carolina, Texas, Kentucky, Michigan State, USC and Alabama are among the schools in potential violation of NCAA rules for impermissible benefits and preferential treatment to players or members of their families. 

The offices of ASM Sports were raided in September as part of the FBI probe into college basketball. Miller agreed to relinquish his agent certification with the National Basketball Players Association in December for his connection to the case. 


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