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December 6, 2018, 1:00 pm

NCAA: Don't expect resolution before Final Four

The NCAA investigations into schools concerned in the onactive national case involving body basketball “have not yet (antonym) been launched,” but no declaration is anticipateed earlier the Final Four, NCAA President Mark Emmert said Wednesday.That means those schools, including No. 2 and unbeaten Kansas, could play nether a physical phenomenon of intuition deep into March Madness.“We obviously want to make sure that we’re doing everything that we can to advance the ethical motive of the game,”

NCAA: Don't expect resolution before Final Four
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NCAA: Don't anticipate declaration earlier Final Four   By Adam ZagoriaTribune News Service

The NCAA investigations into schools concerned in the onactive national case involving body basketball “have not yet (antonym) been launched,” but no declaration is anticipateed earlier the Final Four, NCAA President Mark Emmert said Wednesday.

That means those schools, including No. 2 and unbeaten Kansas, could play nether a physical phenomenon of intuition deep into March Madness.

“We obviously want to make sure that we’re doing everything that we can to advance the ethical motive of the game,” Emmert said during the Learfield Athletics Forum in Manhattan. “This entire optical phenomenon (related term) cast a very bad airy on body basketball and we need to deal with it as efficaciously as we can and we’re not active to have everything cloaked up by the Final Four, that’s for sure, because these proceedings are inactive active to be active on.”

Emmert said the NCAA is on the job in concurrence with the FBI on the investigations. The FBI hasn’t “dumped all their files” at the NCAA business office in Indianapolis yet, he said.

“We just get entree to what has come out in the proceedings and the deliberations and we’ll be exploitation that as soundly as we can,” Emmert said of the FBI information.

This fall’s national crime proceeding adjusted on Kansas and Louisville, so-called “Adidas schools,” because of their association with the shoe company. Two other proceedings involving body basketball assistant coaches and other defendants are set for February and April, respectively.

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    On Oct. 24, three men at the center of the onactive national investigation into body basketball corruption were found guilty of multiple felonies. A jury decided that former Adidas consultant Merl Code, Adidas executive Jim Gatto and would-be sports agent Christian Dawkins committed wire crime and conspiracy to commit wire crime by paying families of coveted basketball prospects to get them to commit to programs sponsored by the shoe company. The 48-year-old Gatto was found guilty on all three of his counts, and Dawkins, 25, and Code, 44, were found guilty on both of theirs. Sentencing is set for March 5.

    Asked about possible future penalties for Kansas, Louisville or N.C. State, all of which had coaches and/or runners allegedly involved in pay-for-play schemes, Emmert said he couldn’t comment on onactive cases.

    “We don’t talk about individual cases,” he said.

    Emmert said he followed the proceeding in New York on a daily basis but chose not to attend because he would have been a “distraction.”

    “We were incredibly attentive to all of it and we had people every day at the proceeding,” Emmert said. “I was following the transcript on a daily basis. I don’t need to be in the room to know what’s active on in the proceeding and we were very, very attentive to it.

    “Of course we’re deeply concerned about it. It’s very disturbing revelations.”

    During the proceeding, former Adidas consultant Thomas “T.J.” Gassnola testified he gave the family of former Kansas forward Billy Preston $89,000 and the guardian of current forward Silvio De Sousa $2,500. He also said he gave a family friend of former Arizona star Deandre Ayton $15,000 with hopes of steering him to the Jayhawks.

    Gassnola testified he gave $40,000 to former N.C. State assistant Orlando Early in November 2015 to give to the father of coveted prospect Dennis Smith Jr. after the Wolfpack coaches feared Smith Jr. might decommit.

    Dawkins and Brian Bowen Sr. also testified about an Adidas scheme to funnel $100,000 to Bowen Sr. in exchange for Brian “Tugs” Bowen attending Louisville.

    Coaches currently at La Salle and De Paul were also concerned in paying players while at other places. All those coaches remain on staff at their present schools.

    So far, N.C. State has taken no action. Kansas is sitting out De Sousa while investigating his eligibility. And Louisville fired athletic director Tom Jurich and former coach Rick Pitino in 2017, but there has been much speculation about potential future penalties at Louisville after Bowen Sr. testified that then-Louisville assistant Kenny Johnson gave him $1,300 for rent after Louisville had not yet (antonym) been placed on probation.

    Emmert said he would like to see the individual schools take responsibility for punishments.

    “We need to make sure that schools are fulfilling their role in holding everybody accountable,” he said. “The NCAA is an association of member schools and it’s built upon the notion of collaboration and collegiality and there’s an anticipateation among the other schools that they will also hold themselves accountable. So to the extent that doesn’t happen, I think all the members are not happy with that.”

    As for a timeline, Emmert said the NCAA will vote in January to add five new “independent adjudicators” who will “report to a new group that will become members of the Board of Governors.”

    “Assuming that passes, after that vote, then there will be five new members added to the Board of Governors, and then we can put this into place,” Emmert said. “It will be August earlier it’s all in place.”

    By Adam ZagoriaTribune News Service

    The NCAA investigations into schools concerned in the onactive national case involving body basketball “have not yet (antonym) been launched,” but no declaration is anticipateed earlier the Final Four, NCAA President Mark Emmert said Wednesday.

    That means those schools, including No. 2 and unbeaten Kansas, could play nether a physical phenomenon of intuition deep into March Madness.

    “We obviously want to make sure that we’re doing everything that we can to advance the ethical motive of the game,” Emmert said during the Learfield Athletics Forum in Manhattan. “This entire optical phenomenon (related term) cast a very bad airy on body basketball and we need to deal with it as efficaciously as we can and we’re not active to have everything cloaked up by the Final Four, that’s for sure, because these proceedings are inactive active to be active on.”

    Emmert said the NCAA is on the job in concurrence with the FBI on the investigations. The FBI hasn’t “dumped all their files” at the NCAA business office in Indianapolis yet, he said.

    “We just get entree to what has come out in the proceedings and the deliberations and we’ll be exploitation that as soundly as we can,” Emmert said of the FBI information.

    This fall’s national crime proceeding adjusted on Kansas and Louisville, so-called “Adidas schools,” because of their association with the shoe company. Two other proceedings involving body basketball assistant coaches and other defendants are set for February and April, respectively.

    On Oct. 24, three men at the center of the onactive national investigation into body basketball corruption were found guilty of multiple felonies. A jury decided that former Adidas consultant Merl Code, Adidas executive Jim Gatto and would-be sports agent Christian Dawkins committed wire crime and conspiracy to commit wire crime by paying families of coveted basketball prospects to get them to commit to programs sponsored by the shoe company. The 48-year-old Gatto was found guilty on all three of his counts, and Dawkins, 25, and Code, 44, were found guilty on both of theirs. Sentencing is set for March 5.

    Asked about possible future penalties for Kansas, Louisville or N.C. State, all of which had coaches and/or runners allegedly involved in pay-for-play schemes, Emmert said he couldn’t comment on onactive cases.

    “We don’t talk about individual cases,” he said.

    Emmert said he followed the proceeding in New York on a daily basis but chose not to attend because he would have been a “distraction.”

    “We were incredibly attentive to all of it and we had people every day at the proceeding,” Emmert said. “I was following the transcript on a daily basis. I don’t need to be in the room to know what’s active on in the proceeding and we were very, very attentive to it.

    “Of course we’re deeply concerned about it. It’s very disturbing revelations.”

    During the proceeding, former Adidas consultant Thomas “T.J.” Gassnola testified he gave the family of former Kansas forward Billy Preston $89,000 and the guardian of current forward Silvio De Sousa $2,500. He also said he gave a family friend of former Arizona star Deandre Ayton $15,000 with hopes of steering him to the Jayhawks.

    Gassnola testified he gave $40,000 to former N.C. State assistant Orlando Early in November 2015 to give to the father of coveted prospect Dennis Smith Jr. after the Wolfpack coaches feared Smith Jr. might decommit.

    Dawkins and Brian Bowen Sr. also testified about an Adidas scheme to funnel $100,000 to Bowen Sr. in exchange for Brian “Tugs” Bowen attending Louisville.

    Coaches currently at La Salle and De Paul were also concerned in paying players while at other places. All those coaches remain on staff at their present schools.

    So far, N.C. State has taken no action. Kansas is sitting out De Sousa while investigating his eligibility. And Louisville fired athletic director Tom Jurich and former coach Rick Pitino in 2017, but there has been much speculation about potential future penalties at Louisville after Bowen Sr. testified that then-Louisville assistant Kenny Johnson gave him $1,300 for rent after Louisville had not yet (antonym) been placed on probation.

    Emmert said he would like to see the individual schools take responsibility for punishments.

    “We need to make sure that schools are fulfilling their role in holding everybody accountable,” he said. “The NCAA is an association of member schools and it’s built upon the notion of collaboration and collegiality and there’s an anticipateation among the other schools that they will also hold themselves accountable. So to the extent that doesn’t happen, I think all the members are not happy with that.”

    As for a timeline, Emmert said the NCAA will vote in January to add five new “independent adjudicators” who will “report to a new group that will become members of the Board of Governors.”

    “Assuming that passes, after that vote, then there will be five new members added to the Board of Governors, and then we can put this into place,” Emmert said. “It will be August earlier it’s all in place.”

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