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What Yahoo’s Report Means For Michigan State Basketball

Tom Izzo crouching on the Michigan State Spartans sideline.

TAMPA, FL - MARCH 17: Head coach Tom Izzo of the Michigan State Spartans looks on from the sideline against the UCLA Bruins during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at St. Pete Times Forum on March 17, 2011 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Yahoo! Sports dropped a bombshell report on the FBI’s investigation into college basketball on Friday morning, and a number of top players and programs are implicated, including Miles Bridges. So, what does it mean for the Michigan State Spartans moving forward?

Nine current players from eight schools were named in the report, as having received payment from Christian Dawkins, an associate of former NBA agent Andy Miller. Dawkins’ expense sheet is at the center of Yahoo! Sports’ giant report.

Michigan State is one of those programs, and unfortunately for the Spartans, Miles Bridges is the player in question. The star forward is one of the best players in the nation, and a likely lottery pick this spring.

According to the documents, Miles Bridges's mother accepted money from Dawkins.

Bridges's name appears twice in the Yahoo! report, both in connection to his parents. According to the documents, his mother may have taken around $470 in total.

One log reads “Redwood Lodge. Lunch w/Miles Bridges Parents. $70.05” from May 3, 2016. Another, from the same day, says “ATM Withdrawl: Miles Bridges mom advance. $400.”

Bridges is the only Michigan State player named. However, his head coach pops up in the report.

Head coach Tom Izzo is one coach who is said to have dined with Dawkins. Dawkins is a native of Saginaw, Michigan.

According to the documents, Dawkins has dinners listed with plenty of boldface names in the sport – Tom Izzo, “Villanova coaches,” Fultz and the family of wayward five-star prospect Mitchell Robinson.

It is unclear if they had a previous relationship, or if Izzo had any idea that he was allegedly paying recruits and players. Dawkins is just 24 years old, but quickly became a valuable asset for Miller, one of the NBA's top agents before the FBI's investigation.

Compared to many other players involved, the $400+ that Bridges mother received is a pretty paltry amount. However, with the litany of issues going on within the Michigan State program, nothing like this is anything to shake off.

[Yahoo! Sports]