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NCAA won’t sanction San Diego in Brandon Johnson game-fixing case

Brandon Johnson, Carlin Hughes

San Diego’s Brandon Johnson, left, talks with head coach Bill Grier, right, during overtime in their semifinal basketball game against St. Mary’s at the West Coast Conference tournament Sunday, March 9, 2008, in San Diego. Johnson scored 28 points in San Diego’s 75-69 double overtime win. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)


The NCAA will not impose sanctions against the University of San Diego men’s basketball program following the organizations review of the game-fixing case involving star guard Brandon Johnson during the 2009-2010 season.

On Tuesday, the NCAA accepted San Diego’s submission to a secondary violation, the university announced. During the review, the NCAA found no improper conduct by any member of San Diego’s staff or any other players.

“We are happy with the NCAA’s conclusion of this matter and truly appreciate its review of this case in a thorough, efficient and timely manner,” school president Mary E. Lyons said in a statement.

Johnson starred for the Toreros from 2005-2010, and ended his redshirt senior season as the school’s all-time leading scorer. He was indicted in April 2011, and in March he was sentenced to a six-month prison sentence. He began serving his sentence on May 31.

Former assistant coach T.J. Brown was also indicted, and was sentenced to a year in federal prison.

The game-fixing scandal reportedly netted more than $120,000 according to the FBI. The University of San Diego announced it has sent letters to both Johnson and Brown disassociating them with the school and its athletic department.

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