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Former Auburn assistant basketball coach avoids prison

Former Auburn University assistant basketball coach Chuck Person has avoided prison in a bribery scandal that has touched some of the biggest schools in college basketball. Person was sentenced on Wednesday to 200 hours of community service during the two years the Probation Department will supervise him. Federal prosecutors say Person accepted $91,500 in bribes to parlay his relationships with top players to steer them to a financial adviser. The adviser was working as a government cooperator.

Lawyers: Ex-NBA star Chuck Person was broke in NCAA scandal

Lawyers for former Auburn University assistant basketball coach Chuck Person say the 13-year NBA veteran was broke and financially desperate when he joined a bribery conspiracy that cheated young athletes. They asked a judge in papers filed Tuesday in Manhattan federal court to spare him from prison in the scandal that touched some of the biggest schools in college basketball. Prosecutors say Person accepted $91,500 in bribes to steer top players to a financial adviser.

Ex-Arizona assistant basketball coach gets 3-month sentence

A judge has sentenced a former assistant basketball coach at the University of Arizona to three months in prison for his role in a college hoops corruption scandal. Emanuel “Book” Richardson received the sentence on Thursday in federal court in Manhattan. Richardson had pleaded guilty earlier this year to accepting $20,000 in bribes from an aspiring business manager for pro athletes.

Emotional ex-USC basketball coach avoids prison after plea

Tony Bland dropped his head in relief Wednesday when he was sentenced to 100 hours of community service and two years of probation. Bland was the first of four assistant basketball coaches who pleaded guilty to bribery conspiracy to learn his fate.

Ex-Auburn assistant coach Chuck Person to plead guilty

Former Auburn assistant basketball coach Chuck Person is scheduled to plead guilty on Tuesday to a conspiracy charge in a scandal that involved bribes paid to entice young athletes to go to top schools. The change-of-plea hearing was revealed in a filing late Friday by prosecutors in Manhattan federal court. Person was scheduled to go to trial in June. He will be the fourth and final coach charged in the case to change his plea.

Ex-Arizona assistant coach pleads guilty to bribery charge

Former Arizona assistant coach Emanuel “Book” Richardson has pleaded guilty to a bribery charge in a federal prosecution that exposed corruption in college basketball recruiting. With Tuesday’s plea, Emanuel Richardson becomes the second former coach within a month to plead guilty in the case.

Kansas ordered to turn over materials about Adidas, recruit to federal grand jury

Newly released records show that a grand jury investigating alleged recruiting abuses in college basketball ordered the University of Kansas this year to turn over communications involving its men’s team coaches and at least one prospective recruit. It also demanded copies of agreements between the university and Adidas and communications between the coaches and Adidas representatives. The university released redacted copies of two subpoenas and said they don’t suggest wrongdoing by Kansas.

Corruption probe prompts reviews of NCAA teams

The spate of arrests, details of under-the-table bribes to teenagers and the downfall of one of the sport’s best-known coaches has triggered uncomfortable soul-searching among the institutions at the heart of college basketball, including internal reviews by more than two dozen schools of their own prominent programs.

Louisville board OKs firing of Rick Pitino in hoops scandal

Louisville’s interim president was authorized Monday to fire Rick Pitino because of a federal bribery investigation, a scandal that has shaken the university and brought down one of the most prominent coaches in college basketball.