After three days of deliberation, the jury in the college hoops trial finally reached a verdict.
The jury found Adidas executive Jim Gatto, former Adidas consultant Merl Code and would-be agent Christian Dawkins guilty on all seven counts of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. This means the jury bought the prosecution’s argument that the schools were the victims because Gatto, Code, and Dawkins paid recruits in a way that would make them ineligible by NCAA rules, therefore defrauding the schools of the scholarships. If that sentence seems ridiculous, it’s because it is.
What does this mean for the programs named during the trial like Kansas, Louisville, and NC State? The NCAA can use the testimony and evidence from the trial to investigate those programs, or not. It’s up to them. As for Gatto, Code, and Dawkins, sentencing is scheduled for March 5 at 10 a.m. They’re expected to appeal the decision.
I think I speak for us all when I say, now what?
UPDATE: Mike Rutherford of SBNation has an excellent breakdown of the winners and losers in the trial which I suggest you check out to make sense of it all.