Report: NCAA Approved to Begin Investigating Allegations from Corruption Trial

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The NCAA reportedly has the green light to start investigating schools following the FBI's investigation into college basketball corruption.

Pat Forde, Pete Thamel and Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports reported the news, noting "this serves as the first step of what could potentially be one of the broadest and most important investigations in the history of the NCAA's enforcement division."

Yahoo's report noted the NCAA didn't interfere but has maintained communication with the federal government since the September 2017 arrest of 10 men "affiliated with the underbelly of basketball."

This comes after James Gatto, Christian Dawkins and Merl Code were all found guilty of conspiracy to commit wire fraud on Oct. 24. Gatto and Code were former Adidas employees, while Dawkins was a former runner for former NBA agent Andy Miller.

All three were accused of providing money and impermissible benefits to top college basketball recruits and their families in an effort to convince them to play at Adidas-sponsored schools.

Mark Schlabach of ESPN reported that "Alabama's Collin Sexton, Mississippi State's Lamar Peters, Oregon's Troy Brown Jr., Arizona's Rawle Alkins, Cincinnati's Jacob Evans, Louisville's Ray Spalding and V.J. King, Miami's Dewan Huell (now Hernandez), LSU's Brandon Sampson, USC's De'Anthony Melton, Xavier's Trevon Bluiett and Kentucky's Jarred Vanderbilt" were all mentioned by Dawkins in a September 2017 email used as evidence in trial, and their schools could be the subject of NCAA scrutiny as a result.

According to the Yahoo report, there are still federal trials on schedule for February and April, although there could be plea agreements in place before they actually happen.

While Yahoo's sources didn't reveal any specific schools the NCAA will now investigate, the report noted Kansas, Louisville and NC State were among the programs mentioned during the first trial.

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