Kansas, NC State newly mentioned in NCAA basketball case

There's no hiding from the FBI apparently

There's no hiding from the FBI apparently

Add two more Adidas schools to the list. In the Kansas case, the student-athlete made a surprise announcement last August to attend the school.

For the payments to the family of one Kansas player, prosecutors alleged, Gatto routed the money through one of Adidas's grass-roots youth basketball teams, with the assistance of an unnamed Adidas consultant.

The document alleges there was a $30,000 payment in a hotel room in NY, an additional $20,000 in Las Vegas and another $20,000 so De Sousa could get "out from under" a deal with another university. Kansas and NC State were the latest programs involved in the alleged scandal. Sources have confirmed that the player is guard Dennis Smith Jr., who was taken ninth overall in last year's draft by the Dallas Mavericks.

Miami and Louisville were previously named in the investigation.

Then we transitioned into a conversation about NC State's role.

The federal government has fingered the trio for involvement in arranging for Adidas funds to be transferred to recruits' families in order for universities sponsored by Adidas to secure commitments from elite prospects to play for the school.


Between October 2016 and November 2017, the player's mother received at least $90,000 from Adidas via an A.A.U. team she ran, prosecutors said.

In 2015, the indictment alleged, an unnamed coach informed an Adidas consultant, who has been identified as T.J. Gassnola, that Smith was wavering on his commitment to attend NC State. Gatto and the Adidas consultant agreed to pay $40,000, the indictment alleges, to ensure Smith followed through and played for the Wolfpack. The indictment paints a picture of transactions that were concealed to allow athletes to make it through eligibility reviews.

Prosecutors said they beefed up charges related to the Louisville conspiracy, adding a wire fraud charge.

The unidentified player committed to NC State in September 2015, but wasn't happy with his decision and was considering de-committing about a month later, according to the indictment.

Gottfried was announced at Cal State Northridge's new coach in March.

The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of NY filed charges against former Adidas executive James Gatto, who was arrested for his role in the scandal last fall. Adidas in the fall said it launched an internal investigation following Gatto's arrest.

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