The first college basketball corruption trials wrapped up yesterday with all three defendants found guilty by the New York jury on wire fraud and conspiracy charges.
Going into deliberations, it was clear that NCAA violations were most likely committed but the question remained: did the prosecution present enough evidence to commit the jury that federal crimes were committed? The jury’s verdict makes that an obvious yes.
So what is next? Well, the defendants (Merl Code, James Gatto, and Christian Dawkins) can appeal, but we will see how that goes. However, the assistant coaches who are scheduled to go to trial next year could become more interested in taking a plea deal. Former Auburn assistant Chuck Person is scheduled to be in court in February and Tony Bland, Lamont Evans, and Book Richardson are expected to go to trial in April.
With yesterday’s verdict, they may be more apt to take a plea deal to avoid actual jail time or a very short sentence. A plea deal could also implicate other coaches as well, creating even more chaos in the college basketball scene. With the CBB season set to begin in the next few weeks, things could get really interesting from here on out as guys like Person, Bland, Evans, and Richardson have big decisions on their hands.
Tweets of the Day
This has been a long ride of recruitment for me but I am proud to say that I will be announcing my commitment this Friday. @Doss_High (During the game) I thank both schools for putting their faith in me & giving me a chance to play for their athletics. pic.twitter.com/pwottDjdi6— Shawnkel Knight-Goff (@itskeltime1) October 24, 2018
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FINAL | Kentucky defeats Evansville 4-0, winning its fourth straight match in a row. pic.twitter.com/OgmOTmDMrN— Kentucky Men’s Soccer (@UKMensSoccer) October 25, 2018
The men’s soccer team keeps rolling.
The receivers are staying positive as Kentucky tries to figure out how to revamp their aerial attack.
Kentucky’s plan remains a mystery.
Kash says he isn’t having trouble tackling with his new gear.
Allen has came up with a big play several times this season.
Kentucky has a solid foundation but adding frontcourt pieces has not been an easy process.
Gatto is expected to face seven years, while Code and Dawkins could face three years.
Strong words about Kansas’s head coach.
Honestly, is anyone surprised?
Stern was explaining his veto of the Chris Paul trade and called Demps “a lousy general manager.”
Drake Jackson is the unsung hero for Kentucky.
Trading away two of the team’s top players apparently isn’t sitting well in the locker room.
Le’Veon Bell, Lesean Mccoy, and Patrick Peterson top the list of potential players to go on the move.