USC Assistant Basketball Coach Among 10 Charged in NCAA Fraud, Corruption Probe

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Federal prosecutors have charged USC assistant men’s basketball coach Tony Bland with conspiracy to commit bribery, soliciting a bribe and wire fraud as part of a wide-ranging series of indictments related to fraud and corruption in college basketball.

USC assistant basketball coach Tony Bland is seen in a file photo. (Credit: Shotgun Spratling / Los Angeles Times)

USC assistant basketball coach Tony Bland is seen in a file photo. (Credit: Shotgun Spratling / Los Angeles Times)

Arizona assistant Emanuel Richardson, Auburn assistant and former Lakers assistant Chuck Person and Oklahoma State assistant Lamont Evans were also among the 10 people charged in U.S. District Court in New York City in criminal complaints unsealed Tuesday.

During a news conference , Joon H. Kim, acting U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, called the allegations a journey into the “dark underbelly of college basketball.”

“Coaches at some of the nation’s top programs soliciting and accepting cash bribes,” Kim said Tuesday. “Managers and financial advisors circling blue chip prospects like coyotes.”

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