Monday, October 1, 2018

College basketball corruption trial under way

Chancellor, other KU officials listed as potential witnesses during Monday's jury selection process

A University of Kansas basketball player wears an adidas practice jersey in this file photo from March 2016.

A University of Kansas basketball player wears an adidas practice jersey in this file photo from March 2016.


According to a Yahoo report from Dan Wetzel, jury selection in the college basketball bribery case began on Monday and the University of Kansas came up on a couple of occasions.

First, KU was one of a dozen schools mentioned to potential jurors as schools that could come up in the upcoming trial, which begins with opening arguments today.

The other schools mentioned were: Arizona, Creighton, DePaul, LSU, Louisville, Miami, North Carolina State, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Southern California and Texas.

Second, the names of three Kansas officials surfaced on a list of as names that might come up during the trial as witnesses or in testimony.

Kansas chancellor Doug Girod, deputy athletics director Sean Lester and senior associate AD for compliance, David Reed, were the three names tied to Kansas that were listed.

The report also states that KU coach Bill Self and current KU forward Silvio De Sousa could be mentioned during the trial. Self and De Sousa, along with KU assistant Kurtis Townsend, former KU forward Billy Preston, Preston's mother, Nicole Player, and De Sousa guardian Fenny Falmagne landed on a list dubbed "Other Relevant Individuals."

The report indicates that the mere listing of these names and universities does not indicate wrongdoing and the specific names were provided as a way to eliminate any potential conflicts of interest during the jury selection process. It also said the lengthy list was a sign of “how wide of a net the feds cast during their three-year, FBI investigation” into corruption in college basketball.

The trial against defendants James Gatto and Merl Code, both former Adidas executives and associate, Christian Dawkins, is the first of three trials expected to take place in the next year or so in the Southern District of New York.

All three have pleaded not guilty.


Andrew Ralls 1 year, 7 months ago

au contraire, mon ami: such a thing only happens if a party declares they are taking said case to the supreme court, preferably verbally and very loudly. very similar to declaring bankruptcy.

Joe Ross 1 year, 7 months ago

The question to me still centers around the eligibility of Silvio. I mean we're deep enough that we could play without him, although there's no denying we're better with him than without. But when you consider that we might be competing for a national title, you must also consider that we could vacate a championship if the federal investigation uncovers anything and that information gets passed on to the NCAA.

I don't know...

Dillon Davis 1 year, 7 months ago

I said something similar this summer. I don't see the point in risking all that we can accomplish this year by playing him. I want him to play, just like we all do, but not at the risk of vacating titles. But if Self was cautious enough to hold out Preston for wrongdoing last year - in a year where we needed him more than we need Silvio - then surely he would do the same with Silvio if he thought it could come back to bite us...right?

Robert Brock 1 year, 7 months ago

It is weird that adidas has stooped so low. Get rid of adidas and go with Nike.

Shannon Gustafson 1 year, 7 months ago

You somehow think Nike isn't doing the same stuff?

During opening statement this morning, Jim Gattto's atty promised evidence would show Oregon offered "an astronomical amount of money" to recruit Brian Bowen to play for the Ducks. The $100,000 deal to attend Louisville was to "level the playing field."

Steve Zimmerman 1 year, 7 months ago

UA does the same thing. NCAA should let it go. Just limit the gift to like $10K or something. Learn from weed legalization. No more under the table, pick your shoes, be done with it.

Sam Burns 1 year, 7 months ago

Sure, sign with Nike, then our players can take a knee during the national anthem

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