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  • #46
    Originally posted by TrojanMindSC View Post
    Of all the programs listed, USC's violations are by far the least serious. We are very lucky that this has only been going on for about 3 months and no games were played in that time-period.

    I wouldn't be shocked if Bland gets his charges dropped. There is actually no evidence he took the money or that the 2 players family took any money. All the complaint says is that Dawkins left the room with Bland and Dawkin's had the 13k envelope, not Bland.

    It is very odd the that neither of the confidential informants (i.e., snitches) nor the FBI was ever able to get any of the Bland-connected payments on tape .... or even witnessed.

    Making a case against Bland would probably involve getting Dawkins to flip.

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    • #47
      How do we know the sophomore in question is melton? Couldn't the player mom be derryck Thornton?

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      • TrojanGrad
        TrojanGrad commented
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        Was wondering the same thing myself. Was also wondering if the “rising freshman” could be an uncommitted player Bland was pursuing and not someone actually on team. O’bannon and Usher families seem to be denying.

    • #48
      Can anyone speculate why the FBI even opened and pursued this case? They have limited resources and could chase mobsters, terrorists, wall st crooks, etc. Why go after NCAA hoops? Just saw something about them issuing subpoenas for Nike's EYBL. If they get people to flip and they dig, they could bring the whole house down. And then what will the NCAA do, when their cash cow(the tournament) is knocked out.

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      • USCJohnMac
        USCJohnMac commented
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        That is the question of the day.

    • #49
      If they are looking at Nike EYBL they will be busy. There are plenty of BIG FISH who will be sucked into this mess. AAU is very slimy and if these coaches "sing" to save their bacon this will get much bigger & messier! They (college coaches) all know how the game works and play it to their advantage while trying to lay low & cover their tracks!

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      • #50
        Originally posted by VATrojan94 View Post
        Can anyone speculate why the FBI even opened and pursued this case? They have limited resources and could chase mobsters, terrorists, wall st crooks, etc. Why go after NCAA hoops? Just saw something about them issuing subpoenas for Nike's EYBL. If they get people to flip and they dig, they could bring the whole house down. And then what will the NCAA do, when their cash cow(the tournament) is knocked out.

        Yes. What the FBI does is bust somebody ... and then use that person as a CI/snitch to build new cases. That's what happened here.

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        • #51
          Originally posted by chaseinmanhattan View Post


          Yes. What the FBI does is bust somebody ... and then use that person as a CI/snitch to build new cases. That's what happened here.
          But why even bust that original person? Did they sit around a conference room table one morning and say, you know there are too many bribes in the college basketball world, let's set out to bust as many of them as we can. Or is someone in the FBI/DOJ trying to hit back at the shoe companies? Just seems like an odd target and a bit outside of the normal world they play in, which may mean this is payback for someone or something.

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          • #52
            Originally posted by VATrojan94 View Post

            But why even bust that original person? Did they sit around a conference room table one morning and say, you know there are too many bribes in the college basketball world, let's set out to bust as many of them as we can. Or is someone in the FBI/DOJ trying to hit back at the shoe companies? Just seems like an odd target and a bit outside of the normal world they play in, which may mean this is payback for someone or something.
            The original bust was not related to college basketball. The person basically offered it up as a way to get out of his other crime.

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            • #53
              Originally posted by TrojanMindSC View Post

              The original bust was not related to college basketball. The person basically offered it up as a way to get out of his other crime.
              Who was the original person and what was his crime? I'm already getting confused over all of this.

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              • swamdog
                swamdog commented
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                His name is Marty Blazer. He was a financial adviser who swindled 5 clients of several million. Not sure but I believe they were all athletes. Basically, he rolled over to most likely get a reduced sentence. Basically, he's typical scumbag that the FBI built their case

            • #54
              Thanks Swamdog.

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              • #55
                http://ftw.usatoday.com/2017/09/espn...andal-fbi-ncaa

                This is an old story being recycled by USA Today but still timely.

                Just want to point out that regardless, Love was ineligible for every game after he accepted this dinner (assuming Ceruzzi sports paid the tab), even if he didn't take any cash.

                Last edited by elum07; 09-28-2017, 04:08 AM.

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