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10 men being indicted in college basketball corruption scandal

What a way to begin the new season.

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The college basketball world is going to be rocking next week.

With the new season about to begin, there should be a widespread feeling of joy, excitement and hope for what’s ahead. But for many schools, it’s going to be fear, uncertainty and sadness for several programs, as the FBI investigation into college basketball corruption could lead to more bombshells being dropped soon enough.

According to Yahoo Sports’ Dan Wetzel, the 10 men involved in the college basketball fraud and corruption case will be formally indicted next week. The men expected to be indicted are as follows:

  • Auburn Tigers assistant coach Chuck Person
  • Arizona Wildcats assistant coach Emanuel “Book” Richardson
  • Oklahoma State Cowboys assistant coach Lamont Evans
  • USC Trojans assistant coach Tony Bland
  • Adidas executive James Gatto
  • Adidas executive Merl Code
  • Former NBA agent Christian Dawkins
  • Financial adviser Munish Sood
  • Florida-based AAU coach Jonathan Brad Augustine
  • Former NBA referee Rashan Michel

It was expected that several more people were going to get indicated as a result of the investigation, but I’m sure anyone thought as many as 10 would be during the week in which the new hoops season begins.

Here is an excerpt from Wetzel’s report:

“A federal grand jury in New York is expected next week to indict all 10 men involved in the college basketball fraud and corruption case that has rocked the sport, a source told Yahoo Sports.

“The grand jury action would officially charge the men with a slew of offenses stemming from a three-year FBI-led investigation into how top basketball talent is funneled through the NCAA by shoe companies, sports agents, financial planners, AAU coaches and assistant coaches.”

These indictments could eventually lead to plea deals being reached and more men being brought down by this investigation.