Coaches with some of the country’s top college basketball programs — including former NBA star Chuck Person — were arrested Tuesday morning as part of a wide-ranging bribery and fraud probe tied to their recruitment of players, authorities said.
Person, assistant head coach at Auburn University and coaches at the University of Arizona, University of Southern California and Oklahoma State University were busted, as well as managers, financial advisers and two top reps for Adidas, the Department of Justice said.
Manhattan federal-court documents allege that the coaches received kickbacks from the agents, money advisers and clothing-giant execs for steering their players — some of the biggest former high-school basketball stars in the nation — to them for lucrative deals.
Along the way, the agents, advisers and apparel-company bigs allegedly funneled tens of thousands of dollars to the players and their families to make sure they went to the coaches’ schools.
The athletes were not identified in the document