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Kansas and NC State included in latest FBI charges


Kansas and NC State, come on down! You’ve been included in the latest string of FBI charges!

The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced additional charges against James Gatto, Merl Code, Christian Dawkins this afternoon, with the Jayhawks and Wolfpack being added to the list of schools involved.

Louisville and Miami were already listed in the original charges, but more have been added for both of those programs, as well.

Gatto, Code, and Dawkins were all found to have direct wire transfers confirming payments to recruits. The Kansas section alone shows a $30,000 bag was dropped off at a hotel room in New York for someone committed in October of 2016.

According to Adam Zagoria, it looks like either Billy Preston or Marcus Garrett are the likely individuals.

Considering Billy Preston had major controversy surrounding him, left Kansas, and signed with a European team soon thereafter, odds are pretty good we have our winner.

According to another report, that number could be upwards of $90,000 in total.

As for NC State, apparently former five-star guard Dennis Smith Jr. was unhappy with his commitment to the school, and a coach gave him $40,000 to keep him on board.

Yikes.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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30 responses to “Kansas and NC State included in latest FBI charges”

  1. Jiminy Crickets

    Now that a beloved blue blood is involved we’ll see how the NCAA reacts. The NCAA is well known for destroying the little guy while looking the other way for the chosen ones.

    To clarify, I realize we’re a blue blood, but I would not describe UK or Cal as beloved by the NCAA

  2. UKinIN

    My understanding was that the FBI brought charges against assistant coaches that took bribes to direct players to agents or financial advisors. I haven’t seen where a school was in trouble for paying a player or his family. Do these charges imply that the FBI is after the four schools for paying players?

    1. Han

      It’s entirely possible that it’s not something they specifically were looking for but it’s part of their larger criminal charges so it’s specifically mentioned.

  3. Jiminy Crickets

    Bam adebayo may very well be the player that was paid to go to NC State. His 36000 loan was written off as “bad loan” when he committed to UK

    1. Han

      If that was even a possibility it would’ve been higher up in every sportswriter’s story than any mention of Kansas or NC State.

    2. antiquefurnitureandmidgets

      Not based on any information supplied here. Bam never committed to NC State so had no commitment to regret.

  4. Han

    If no evidence of coach knowledge, Kansas can still try to play victim (same as we would/will if the Bam stuff shows up again). A lot of us have suspected crap at Kansas for a long time, of course, and they’ve gotten away with stuff that the NCAA and media would’ve crucified Cal and UK for, so I don’t feel like too much of a pot here when pointing at Kansas.

    But NC State, well, if there’s evidence a coach arrange a payment, that’s a surefire apocalypse if the NCAA acts against anyone. Everything people said should’ve happened to Miller can then be targeted at the Wolfpack.

    If they ever face any penalties because of it, though, the anger is going to be monumental after UNC cheated for decades and wasn’t punished.

  5. UKinIN

    Just reviewed the case. The legal issue is money was paid to players and their families to ensure that after college they would sign with Adidas. So basically more bribe money. The indictments are not against the schools.

    1. Mathlete

      The schools were never indicted, it’s not actually illegal to bribe someone to sign with Adidas either (that’s just called a signing bonus) The problems have been when coaches take money from agents or shoe companies and direct kids to sign with those guys without telling the kids they were paid to say that. That’s corruption and is a federal crime.

  6. Jiminy Crickets

    The alleged payments include an attempted $40,000 in 2015 to the father of a recruit who ultimately played for NC State and “at least $90,000” beginning in 2016 to the mother of a recruit who signed in Nov. 2016 with Kansas, the FBI said

    Per Courier journal

    1. Jiminy Crickets

      That matches money and timeline to adebayo. But it says “attempted” payment for this one

    2. VinDatuk

      Says for a player who played at NC State.

    3. Han

      Yeah, Crickets, your own comment says “who ultimately played for NC State” and I’m fairly sure we can rule Bam out for that.

    4. Mathlete

      Don’t bother reading, just post stuff and wildly speculate. That’s what the internet is for, right?

  7. david8577

    I think we all knew that Kansas was cheating. I mean, who goes to Kansas unless they are traveling through it bound for somewhere much better? However, no matter what comes out about other universities, I think we all need to remember that UofL was the most egregious and blatant of the cheaters.

    1. Han

      “UofL was the most egregious and blatant of the cheaters.”

      Second-most. What they did was low, but they didn’t run a fake department for decades to keep their players eligible and relaxed. UNC are still the standard bearers for cheating right now.

    2. runningunnin.454

      By the way, did you realize that two days ago was the 5 year anniversary of UL not winning the ncaa championship?

    3. a21CATSfan

      UofL’s punishment was from a totally different scandal. And remember, Brian Bowen and Louisville started this investigation as well. It’s like they knew they were going down and they wanted to take as many as possible down with them.

  8. Jiminy Crickets

    But says the player ultimate played for NC state!

    1. Smyrna_Cat

      Yu bee much smarte.

  9. Jiminy Crickets

    NC state guy was smith jr

    1. Smyrna_Cat

      An bee much more smarteeer.

  10. runningunnin.454

    The schools were named specifically? I thought that originally UL was called university 6. At the very least, it’s certainly embarrassing.
    UPDATE: Bill Self’s toupee just exploded, damaging a vehicle, and causing minor injuries to bystanders.

    1. Mathlete

      It doesn’t take connecting more than a couple of dots to connect soooo many more. Once people figured out who University 6 and Coach 2 were in the last big round of indictments, everything else fell into place pretty quickly.

  11. Alleykat16

    Watching baseball game on espn they said 90,000 to Kansas player and 40,000 to n.c state player

  12. Drogon

    Kansas was defrauded though and couldn’t have been expected to know. When the thing first happened with that car they didn’t reinstate him. Kansas will not be punished for this. This wasn’t set up for 1 school in particular. It was set up for numerous players to go to numerous schools. I wouldn’t hold my breath expecting anything to happen to them

  13. Mathlete

    If I’m one of these players or their parents, I’m more concerned about the back taxes that will be owed on these large sums of money. Not all of these players ended up making NBA money after college and the penalties and interest, not to mention legal fees defending tax evasion charges, could easily bankrupt them.

    The FBI doesn’t mess around, but even they’re afraid of the IRS.

  14. Mathlete

    Oh… damn, this is about to get bigger. According to Yahoo –

    “A guardian of a different Kansas recruit told Adidas they had received illicit payments in return for a commitment to steer the student athlete to a university sponsored by a rival athletic apparel company. The guardian said the player favored Kansas and needed “another $20,000 payment” to “help get the student-athlete ‘out from under’ the deal.”

    The indictment then alleged the player made a surprise commitment to Kansas on Aug. 30, 2017. News accounts on that date show Silvio De Sousa, a native of Angola who attended IMG Academy in Florida, committed to Kansas.”

    Key phrase – rival athletic apparel company. On his Rivals offer list, Florida and Illinois are Nike companies, and Maryland is Under Armour. My money’s on Florida, if Maryland and Illinois are cheating and are STILL that bad, they’re totally hopeless.

  15. N-UR-i

    Just pay all these guys and be done with it.

  16. makeitstop

    Setting aside the travesty of justice the UNC case was, I can see how the schools are victims if the coaches cheat, or the players are bribed. They gave scholarships to ineligible athletes who were not amateurs. That cost the school scholarship $. Enes Kanter basically got meal money for heaven sake (and not from us) but was thus not an amateur, and we couldn’t play him. U6’s coach Slick allegedly DIRECTED the payments according to the indictments – coaches who direct the payments violate NCAA rules but the school is still the victim. The ones that don’t have school employee involvement still use ineligible players, so the school suffers but the ncaa won’t go after the school. They may vacate wins bc they had an ineligible player but they didn’t know. I think there’s going to be a sliding scale based not on whether there was money exchanged but on whether the school directed it (U6 and maybe UA for example), should’ve known, or had no idea. And testimony bf the grand jury isn’t going to the ncaa so they’ll have to get it some other way. Bottom line – a mess that seems to have missed us almost entirely.