Miami basketball has been mentioned in the latest news regarding the FBI investigation into college basketball.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced the filing of a superseding indictment against adidas executives James Gatto and Merl Code and Christian Dawkins on Tuesday. The indictment “expands the scope the charged wire fraud conspiracy to include alleged payments to the families of six student-athletes in connection with those players’ decision to attend four different NCAA Division I universities.”
Miami was listed as one of four schools, along with Louisville, Kansas and N.C. State. All four schools have an athletic apparel agreement with adidas.
U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York just announced additional charges in the college hoops investigation. pic.twitter.com/TYyoSPJx1S
— Liz Mullen (@SBJLizMullen) April 10, 2018
It does not appear that the indictment brings any additional information in regards to Miami.
The new charges do not pertain to anyone at Miami or Louisville. Recycling of the old charges involving those schools. New charges are to KU and NC State.
— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) April 10, 2018
The indictment states that Gatto, Code and Dawkins “conspired to illicitly funnel approximately $150,000 from Company-1 (adidas) to the family of another student-athlete who was a top high school basketball player expected to graduate in 2018.”
It is believed the athlete is Nassir Little, a North Carolina signee. The money was to ensure his commitment to Miami and his signing with adidas once he reached the NBA, though Little never signed with the school.
Gatto, Code and Dawkins had several phone conversations regarding Miami, according to the indictment. In those calls, it was discussed that a “Coach-3,” believed to be Miami coach Jim Larranaga, needed to call Gatto “as part of the scheme.”
As noted by The Palm Beach Post’s Matt Porter, “the new indictment does not say any money changed hands, or that the coach — Larranaga — ever gave anyone the go-ahead.”
The superseding indictment comes on the same day that Larranaga agreed to a two-year contact extension through 2024. Larranaga has maintained he did nothing wrong in regard to this alleged activity.