The Barometer checked in on the four assistant coaches in the FBI case of the alleged bribery scheme involving Adidas and payments for basketball recruits saying “Yes!” to their schools. University of Arizona assistant basketball coach, Emanuel “Book” Richardson entered a not guilty plea and was released on a $50,000 bond. Prosecutors originally requested $100,000 but Book’s lawyer, Brick Storts, persuaded the court that the amount of $100,000 was “totally unreasonable.” Dear reader, lest you think the Barometer dosed off in typing this paragraph, we do indeed have a defendant named Book being represented by a lawyer named Brick Storts. These names have made the spell checker give up, and this case just keeps getting better. Storts declined to reveal who was paying him (his brothers Clay and Lumber also refused to comment) but did offer that it was not the University of Arizona.
USC’s Tony Bland has hired the New York attorney who defended John Gotti Jr. and drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. The U.S. Attorney who brought the charges said that he was exposing the “dark underbelly of college basketball,” and he was apparently not kidding.
The University of Arizona said it was “appalled” at the charges and suspended Book. USC suspended Bland and said that it was “shocked.” Auburn University suspended assistant coach Chuck Person Auburn who was also charged, adding that it was “saddened, angry, and disappointed.” Oklahoma State said it was “surprised” and suspended assistant coach Lamont Evans, also charged. The NCAA found the charges to be “deeply disturbing.” The U.S. Attorney said that the men circled “blue-chip prospects like coyotes.” Former University of Louisville head coach Rick Pitino said the charges that Adidas had paid one of his recruits came as a “complete shock.” He was not charged in the indictment, but he was fired by the university, whose feelings at this point remain unknown. The Barometer expects that they too are shocked, surprised, appalled, saddened, angry, disappointed, and deeply disturbed.
The FBI was tipped off by a financial adviser from Pittsburgh who caught the FBI’s attention for embezzlement from his professional athlete clients. In exchange for the FBI telling his sentencing judge about his cooperation on the NCAA matters, Louis Martin Blazer served as the FNI’s cooperating witness on the basketball bribery investigation. The U.S. Attorney added that the investigation is ongoing and issued a warning to coaches who may be involved in such skullduggery, “We have your playbook.”