Report: Kansas, N.C. State Among Those Mentioned in New FBI Charges

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistApril 10, 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. Bank records and other expense reports that are part of a federal probe into college basketball list a wide range of impermissible payments from agents to at least two dozen players or their relatives, according to documents obtained by Yahoo Sports. Yahoo said Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, that the documents obtained in discovery during the investigation link current players including Michigan State's Miles Bridges, Duke's Wendell Carter and Alabama's Collin Sexton to potential benefits that would be violations of NCAA rules. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)
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The United States Attorney's Office announced Tuesday that it has filed a superseding indictment in its ongoing investigation into corruption and bribery in college basketball.

In a statement, which was relayed by Sports Business Journal's Liz Mullen, the U.S. Attorney's office said the new indictment "expands the scope of the charged wire fraud conspiracy to include alleged payments to the families of six student-athletes in connection with those players' decisions to attend four different NCAA Division I Universities." 

The schools listed are the University of Louisville, the University of Miami, the University of Kansas and North Carolina State University, all of which are affiliated with Adidas. 

According to The Athletic's Dana O'Neil, the indictment alleges former Adidas executive James Gatto funneled $90,000 to the family of a former Kansas player to secure his commitment to the program and made a $100,000 payment to a former Louisville player's family for the same purpose.

Additionally, O'Neil noted Gatto is alleged to have paid $40,000 to a former player at NC State. 

The superseding filing comes more than a month after Yahoo Sports' Pat Forde and Pete Thamel obtained documents from ASM Sports, an agency run by agent Andy Miller, that allegedly showed payments were made to players in high school and college to try to gain their commitments. 

Those documents allegedly show ASM paid Smith $73,500 in loans, while Jackson's mother, Apples Jones, received $2,700. 

Former Utah forward Kyle Kuzma and 2017 No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz were also on the list of payees at $9,500 and $10,000, respectively. 

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