WHAT WE KNOW

USA TODAY US Edition - - SPORTS - Lind­say Sch­nell

Tues­day, fed­eral pros­e­cu­tors re­vealed three separate, but re­lated, cases al­leg­ing ma­jor cor­rup­tion in men’s col­lege bas­ket­ball. The fall­out will pre­sum­ably con­tinue for months but as of Thurs­day, this is what we know:

Louisille’s Rick PI­tinio, the high­est-paid coach in col­lege men’s bas­ket­ball, has been ef­fec­tively fired. Ditto for Louisville ath­let­ics di­rec­tor Tom Jurich. Clauses in Pitino’s and Jurich’s con­tracts pre­vent them from be­ing of­fi­cially ter­mi­nated im­me­di­ately, so they are cur­rently on ad­min­is­tra­tive leave. The ex­pec­ta­tion is that nei­ther will work at Louisville again.

One Louisville player, be­lieved to be star fresh­man Brian Bowen, has been sus­pended in­def­i­nitely as the FBI in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­tin­ues.

Two schools, iden­ti­fied in doc­u­ments as Univer­sity-6 and Univer­sity-7, and now con­firmed as Louisville and Mi­ami (Fla.), re­spec­tively, are ac­cused of work­ing with Adi­das to fun­nel money to top-ranked play­ers and their fam­i­lies in ex­change for those play­ers at­tend­ing those schools. Mi­ami coach Jim Lar­ranaga said through an at­tor­ney that he had no in­volve­ment with the al­le­ga­tions or knowl­edge of what al­legedly tran­spired.

Four as­sis­tants — Emanuel “Book” Richard­son of Ari­zona, Chuck Per­son of Auburn, La­mont Evans of Ok­la­homa State and Tony Bland of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia — were ar­rested and ac­cused of tak­ing bribes to steer play­ers to spe­cific fi­nan­cial ad­vis­ers. All of those as­sis­tants have been sus­pended by their re­spected schools.

Two ex­ec­u­tives for Adi­das, in­clud­ing di­rec­tor of global sports mar­ket­ing’s Jim Gatto,

are among those named in the cases.

Nike, the most in­flu­en­tial shoe com­pany in the world and has en­dorse­ment deals with dozens of schools across the coun­try, is in­volved now, too. Em­ploy­ees of Nike’s Elite Youth Bas­ket­ball League grass-roots di­vi­sion were sub­poe­naed by the FBI on Wed­nes­day.

Late Wed­nes­day, Alabama ac­cepted the res­ig­na­tion of men’s bas­ket­ball di­rec­tor of op­er­a­tions Ko­bie Baker, a for­mer NCAA en­force­ment staffer. Baker’s res­ig­na­tion came af­ter Alabama con­ducted an in­ter­nal re­view of its men’s bas­ket­ball pro­gram.

On Thurs­day, Ok­la­homa State fired Evans.

The House En­ergy & Com­merce Com­mit­tee is­sued a state­ment Thurs­day say­ing it wants a brief­ing on the scan­dal.

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