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Justice Department’s college basketball probe: How we got here and what might be next

On Wednesday – nearly 13 months to the day after the Justice Department announced the arrests of 10 men, including four assistant coaches, as part of an ongoing investigation of …

Rick Pitino lawyer: Verdict shows client didn’t know of payments

The lawyer for former Louisville coach Rick Pitino says the convictions in a federal trial alleging corruption in college basketball supports his client’s assertion that he was unaware of a …

Guilty verdicts set precedent in fighting shady recruiting

Guilty verdicts on fraud charges against three men should have an impact on future college corruption trials, possibly NCAA enforcement. The federal trial set a precedent that paying recruits defrauds …

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 24, 2018, 3:48 p.m.

Three college basketball recruiting insiders convicted in NYC

Three insiders from the world of college basketball recruiting have been convicted in a corruption case that prosecutors said exposed the sport’s underbelly. A jury reached the verdict on Wednesday …

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 24, 2018, 6:02 p.m.

Kansas to hold Silvio De Sousa out pending investigation

Kansas forward Silvio De Sousa, whose name has surfaced as part of the FBI investigation into corruption in college basketball, will be withheld from games pending a review of his …

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 18, 2018, 4:40 p.m.

Lawyer: Evidence shows coaches knew of NCAA family payouts

A lawyer for a longtime Adidas employee urged jurors to use common sense to conclude that college basketball coaches knew money was being paid to families to steer top players …

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 17, 2018, 3:16 p.m.

Jury hears closing arguments at college hoops fraud trial

Lawyers at a trial exploring corruption in big-time college basketball have clashed over the question of whether major programs were harmed by secret cash payments to top recruits. A prosecutor …

UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 16, 2018, 2:31 p.m.

Testimony ends at trial on payments in college basketball

A New York City jury is done hearing testimony at a federal trial about secret payments in college basketball. Prosecutors have accused a former Adidas executive and two other defendants …

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 11, 2018, 1:45 p.m.

Fixer says he made cash payment in college hoops scheme

A government witness at a college basketball corruption trial has testified that he made a secret $40,000 payment to the inner circle of a North Carolina State recruit. Thomas “T.J.” …

College basketball fixer describes ‘black op’ payments

A former consultant for Adidas has testified that he arranged cash payments to the families of top college basketball prospects in a scheme to steer them to major programs. Thomas …

Eastern Washington’s Shantay Legans says mid-major upsets might become more rare with new college basketball reforms

Is March about to lose some of its Madness? Eastern Washington basketball coach Shantay Legans agrees with most of the recommendations made Wednesday by the Commission on College Basketball.

UPDATED: Wed., April 25, 2018, 8:48 p.m.

Washington State’s Ernie Kent, NABC panel recommended change to Condoleezza Rice’s NCAA task force in December

Not unlike many of his peers, Ernie Kent is eager to see college basketball change for the better. But the Washington State coach is also among a small percentile of …

UPDATED: Wed., April 25, 2018, 7:14 p.m.

Idaho’s Don Verlin says Commission on College Basketball reforms align with most head coaches’ platforms

Idaho men’s basketball coach Don Verlin says the issues addressed by the Commission on College Basketball align with discussions college coaches had among themselves in their annual meetings at the …

Gonzaga athletic director Mike Roth favors several of commission’s proposals but implementing changes could be tough

Gonzaga athletic director Mike Roth found few surprises in the Commission on College Basketball’s recommendations. Then again, he wasn’t expecting any.

Commission dances around name, image and likeness debate

The commission said it wanted the issue of whether college athletes should be allowed to profit off their fame to be sorted out in the courts before the NCAA looked …

UPDATED: Wed., April 25, 2018, 10:28 a.m.

Commission: Independent probes needed in complex NCAA cases

It’s time for independent investigations for complex cases involving potential NCAA rules violations. That’s according to the Commission on College Basketball.

Commission calls for more transparency from shoe companies

The Commission on College Basketball calls for shoe companies to have more financial transparency and accountability in “non-scholastic basketball” to help the NCAA fight corruption.

College commission’s plea to NBA: Bring back prep-to-pros

The commission calls on the league to lower the age requirement to 18 again and allow players to go directly from high school to the NBA.

UPDATED: Wed., April 25, 2018, 11:58 a.m.

College basketball commission wants NCAA to regulate agents

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice recommends that the NCAA develop standards to certify agents. That would create a regulated way for agents to interact with players as early as …

UPDATED: Wed., April 25, 2018, 12:34 p.m.

Commission calls for more NCAA oversight of AAU events

The report proposes more financial transparency and an educational element. It also says the NCAA should ban its coaches from attending any unsanctioned events.

UPDATED: Wed., April 25, 2018, 2:47 p.m.

NCAA begins work of implementing complex basketball reforms

The most difficult part of the NCAA’s attempt to clean up college basketball begins now. Officials have started the process for turning ideas into reality for a sport weighed down …

UPDATED: Tue., April 24, 2018, 1:20 p.m.

What comes after commission’s report on college basketball?

The NCAA’s Commission on College Basketball has completed its work and is ready to issue a report on how to fix the sport. What happens next is the hard work …

UPDATED: Tue., April 24, 2018, 1:25 p.m.

Kansas made no written report of its athletics review

University of Kansas Chancellor Douglas Girod says the school didn’t produce any written reports after an independent examination of the athletics department amid a federal investigation of corruption in college …

UPDATED: Tue., April 24, 2018, 11:34 a.m.

Commission to unveil ideas to fix college basketball’s woes

The commission examining ways to fix long-simmering problems in college basketball is set to present its findings. The Commission on College Basketball is led by former Secretary of State Condoleezza …

Miami men’s basketball coach Jim Larranaga denies wrongdoing

Miami coach Jim Larranaga believes he is the “Coach-3” named in court documents detailing the federal investigation of college basketball, and insisted that he will be vindicated.

College basketball coaches charged with accepting bribes in federal corruption case

The Justice Department unsealed indictments Tuesday morning charging basketball coaches at four Division I schools with accepting bribes to steer athletes toward the professional services of several business managers, financial …