James Burrill Angell

September 26th, 2017 at 9:38 AM ^

Does anyone recognize those names. One says U.S. v. Chuck Person.....didn't he used to play for the Indiana Pacers and now coaches at Auburn?

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EDIT/UPDATE:  That's the guy. Some of the other names ring a bell too. James Gatto is probably Jim Gatto is a big figure NYC HS basketball circles. Lamont Evans is an assistant coach at Oklahoma State.

I Like Burgers

September 26th, 2017 at 3:19 PM ^

No, but the investigation is ongoing and as the FBI put it "we have your playbook now."

If you are a coach at an adidas school -- or any school for that matter -- you're probably spending the afternoon in a cold sweat.

According to wikipedia, these are the power 5 adidas schools:

Arizona State, Indiana, Kansas, Louisville, Miami, Miss. St., NC State, Nebraska, Rutgers, Texas A&M.


September 26th, 2017 at 9:53 AM ^

Lamont Evans was an Assistant Coach at South Carolina, now at Oklahoma State.

Chuck Person is an Assistant Coach at Auburn.

And Jim Gatto is employed by Adidas as the "Director of Global Sports Marketing."

I assume not all schools that used Adidas apparel engaged in this behavior... really glad that we have Beilein!


September 26th, 2017 at 9:45 AM ^

Those links at the bottom have all the charges if you click them.  CHuck Person, Jim Gatto, Lamont Evans (Oklahoma State) and others listed... and you can read about exactly what they allegedly did.


Apparently there were cooperating witnesses, payments to coaches, etc.

I Like Burgers

September 26th, 2017 at 12:33 PM ^

Definitely the first the NCAA has heard of it.  If you're the FBI, why would you tell them anything?  For all we know, they might have NCAA officials being compliant with some of this.

And it will be curious to see what happens NCAA punishment wise out of all of this.  The FBI has the tools to get to the truth and coerce people into confessing that the NCAA only wishes they have.  Can't remember if there was ever a time the feds were involved in a nromal NCAA cheating scandal.  They were obvisouly involved with Sandusky, but that was a different matter.  Not your normal paying players under the table scandal.

Either way, you gotta think Louisville is fucked.  The FBI has them meeting an Adidas rep in Vegas a little over a month after the NCAA gave them punishment and put them on probation.

I Like Burgers

September 26th, 2017 at 11:04 AM ^

They have Louisville paying Brian Bowen $100k for his commitment.  On the wire tap, they have them arranging payment (4 installments of $25k) and then Bowen committing a few days later after it was all finalized.

Pitino was also quoted after the original commitment saying Lousiville "got lucky" with this one.  Fucking liar.  Between the lingering hooker scandal stank, and now this one, I don't see how Pitino keeps his job.  Unlike the NCAA who has no real threats they can levy, the FBI is going to tell you to fuck off with your "I didn't know" bullshit.  When people are being threatened with real jail time, they'll roll over on Pitino REAL quick.

James Burrill Angell

September 26th, 2017 at 10:38 AM ^

Louisville again????  Aren't they currently on probation for the hooker thing?  Does this mean the squeeky hammer gets put aside and they might actually get the Death Penalty?

EDIT: (From and article): In one instance, Gatto and the other defendants reportedly funneled $100,000 to the family of a high school basketball player to convince the player to sign with a "public research university" in Kentucky. The complaint doesn't name the university. Based on details provided, it is likely the University of Louisville, which signed a $160 million sponsorship deal with Adidas in August.

Mike Damone

September 26th, 2017 at 9:58 AM ^

does not mess around with cases like this.  They take their time and build the case methodically, with no stone left unturned.  It is going to be bad - I wouldn't be surprised if this goes beyond the direct defendants, and steamrolls into the relationship of college athletics and corporate sponsorships.  The NCAA has been dancing around this issue for a while now - but you can only do that for so long.  Will be interesting to see where this goes...



September 26th, 2017 at 12:17 PM ^

The NCAA takes their time alright.  Just look at Ole Miss and NCU.   Despite the fact that the proof is all layed out, they will need to investigate for 3 more years.   By then all of these coaches will have left or retired and nothing will happen.  

I Like Burgers

September 26th, 2017 at 2:07 PM ^

The NCAA takes their time because they don't have the powers of subpeona or the ability to wire tap, or do records searches, or force people to cooperate.  And what looks "laid out" to you, isn't going to look "laid out" to a court when the NCAA or a school get sued for slander or for a coach being unfairly terminated.

Pretty much anytime the NCAA is able to bring down the hammer on someone or something its because someone involved was wrapped up in a legal case and they had access to that information.  And then they can go after people with hard facts.  Like that's the whole reason Hugh Freeze is fired.  Houston Nutt sued Ole Miss and requested some records for their lawsuit.

The only time the NCAA is able to get dirt on people is when they willingly cooperate.  They can go to Pitino's assistants and say "tell us what you know about X" and they can just say no.  Or they give them just enough to make them go away and so they don't lose their job, which really isn't that much of a deterant in the first place because they pretty much always find a new job elsewhere.  

The FBI on the other hand can say "tell us what you know about X because your options are go to jail 2 years or 20 years."  And then you tell them all you know because that's some serious shit.