The FBI’s investigation into bribery, fraud and corruption in college basketball has had a ripple effect in college compliance offices.
In wake of the FBI probe into two college basketball schemes and charges levied, several schools have conducted internal reviews of their compliance operations, including North Carolina, N.C. State and Duke.
The Associated Press reported Monday it has asked 84 schools with major basketball programs how they responded to the FBI investigation that resulted in the arrests of 10. The AP said 64 schools responded and 28 reported they were conducting the internal compliance reviews.
“Since news of the FBI’s investigation, we are doing many of the same things we suspect most universities are, including talking directly to our coaches and staff,” UNC spokesman Steve Kirschner said Tuesday. “Our Director of Athletics (Bubba Cunningham) and our sport administrators are in constant contact with our coaches across all sports, and we also have coaches meetings every month where we talk about compliance and rules. We are discussing, and will continue to discuss, this topic with our coaches and staff.”
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N.C. State’s compliance staff is headed by senior associate director Carrie Doyle, who previously worked for NCAA enforcement as an investigator for seven years.
NCSU spokesman Fred Demarest said Doyle regularly meets with the men’s basketball coaching and support staff and will continue to hold those meetings. Demarest said NCSU’s internal reviews constituted no change in the school’s compliance process.
At Duke, spokesman Jon Jackson said the Blue Devils are “constantly assessing policies and practices with all our sports to ensure compliance.”
“In addition, we often take a more detailed look at compliance policies and practices when there are widely publicized reports of alleged misconduct, as we will do following the news of the federal investigation,” Jackson said. “As always, we welcome and appreciate any guidance that the NCAA provides in these kinds of situations.”
In September, the FBI arrested 10 people, including four basketball coaches and adidas executives, in connection with its bribery and corruption investigation.
The coaches arrested were Lamont Evans, an associate coach of Oklahoma State; Chuck Person, an associate coach of Auburn; Emanuel “Book” Richardson, an assistant coach at Arizona, and Tony Bland, an associate coach at Southern California.
The FBI said bribes were being paid to the coaches to steer athletes toward certain financial advisers and managers, or steer athletes toward adidas once in the NBA. Other charges involved allegations the families of high-school athletes were paid as a way to get their sons to attend certain schools.