College basketball scandal updates: Louisville makes coaching staff changes
Louisville added and fired assistant coach on Wednesday in response to the college basketball scandal.
The Cardinals announced the hiring of new assistant coach Trent Johnson, who had last been a coach at TCU before he was coach from 2012-16. Johnson also had stops at LSU, Stanford and Nevada.
Louisville also firedwithout cause.
In other recent developments:
CBS Sports analysis
- Louisville with but to fire him after his involvement in a past recruiting scandal, but Pitino plans to . by the university, which means he has been in effect “fired” according to his attorney. CBS Sports’ Gary Parrish wrote that Pitino left
- and will have his employment status reviewed by the UL Board of Trustees.
- With Pitino on leave, , a former Louisville player, was named acting head coach.
- Louisville named Vince Tyra, a former University of Kentucky baseball player and Louisville businessman, will be the interim athletic director.
- The Cardinals fired assistant coach without cause and the other remaining assistant coach, Kenny Johnson, was placed on paid administrative leave.
- Louisville hired Trent Johnson, to be an assistant coach.
- Assistant coach Chuck Person, a former NBA player and Auburn alum, is accused of handling a total of $141,500. Person was suspended without pay.
- , who is no stranger to NCAA trouble, is not named in the report.
- The program is already being impacted by losing a high-profile recruit and offering to give .
- Assistant coach Emanuel “Book” Richardson is accused of paying a player identified only as “Player-5” $5,000 in bribe money to sign with the Wildcats. Richardson has been suspended with pay,
- Arizona coach Sean Miller on the investigation.
- The family of five-star point guard , the Wildcats highest-ranked recruit on the Class of 2018, has hired a lawyer, but hasn’t been contacted by federal authorities in connection with the FBI investigation.
- USC assistant Tony Bland is charged with conspiracy to commit bribery, soliciting a bribe and wire fraud. Bland has been charged with providing $9,000 cash payments to the families of two current USC players and has been suspended.
- Bland who has represented El Chapo and John Gotti Jr.
- Evans, formerly an assistant at Oklahoma State, is also accused of accepting bribe money while an assistant at South Carolina.
- Athletic director Ray Tanner issued a statement that South Carolina is “ ” of the FBI probe, but acknowledged that Evans was investigated.
Other individuals impacted
- Jim Gatto, director of Adidas global sports marketing: Accused of paying families of two high-profile recruits to play for Adidas-affiliated schools. One of those schools is Louisville. Money exchanged with the two families was $100,000 and $150,000, according to the FBI.
- Merl Code, recently left Nike for Adidas: A right-hand man for Gatto involved in many of these exchanges, according to the complaint.
- Christian Dawkins, former NBA agent recently fired from ASM Sports: Broker who organized the deals between the assistant coaches and Gatto. He was caught on a wire saying, “If you’re going to fund those kind of guys, I mean we’d be running college basketball.”
- Jonathan Brad Augustine, president of The League Initiative, director of an Adidas-sponsored program: Helped funnel/hide money through that youth basketball program. Also involved/connected to the recruitment of an unidentified 2018 player who is being courted by a number of high-profile schools.
- Munish Sood, financial adviser: Along with Dawkins, the U.S. Attorney’s office alleges he was a power broker in helping move approximately $250,000 to families of high school basketball players with the help of Gatto.
- Rashan Michel, representative of Thompson Bespoke Clothing, former NCAA referee: Involved most intensely in dealing with Person at Auburn.