Miami basketball coach Jim Larrañaga spoke Monday for the first time about the FBI’s probe into pay-to-play college basketball schemes and his alleged connection to one of them.
Larrañaga said he appears to be “Coach-3,” the Miami basketball coach in the FBI documents who is mentioned as requesting $150,000 from adidas executives for a recruit, who appears to be UNC commit Nassir Little, as a way to secure Little’s commitment to Miami and eventually to adidas.
Larrañaga and Little were not named in the FBI documents.
Larrañaga said on Monday: “Based on what we know at this time, my legal team believes that I am ‘Coach-3’ as labeled in the original complaint in September, though it has not been confirmed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and I am grateful that we have come to that conclusion as I know I did nothing wrong, and it’s comforting to know that none of my assistants are connected in any way.”
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