The four assistant coaches arrested in today’s FBI probe into corruption in college basketball face serious potential jail time.
USC’s Tony Bland, Oklahoma State’s Lamont Evans, Auburn’s Chuck Person, and Arizona’s Emanuel “Book” Richardson each face a maximum of 80 years in prison, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Each of the four coaches faces six charges. Person has been charged with bribery conspiracy, solicitation of bribes, honest services fraud conspiracy, honest services fraud, wire fraud conspiracy, and travel act conspiracy, while the other three coaches have been charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, rather than wire fraud conspiracy.
Four of the other individuals charged—NBA official-turned-tailor Rashan Michel, adidas director of global sports marketing Jim Gatto, adidas associates Merl Code Jonathan Augustine—also face maximums of 80 years in prison.
The final two people charged face even more serious charges.
Former NBA agent Christian Dawkins and financial advisor Munish Sood each face maximums of 200 years for identical sets of charges: bribery conspiracy, payments of bribes, honest services fraud conspiracy, three counts of honest services fraud , two counts of wire fraud conspiracy, two counts of wire fraud, travel act conspiracy, and money laundering conspiracy.
We will continue to update as more of this huge story is released.