It's been over a year since the first arrests were made in the FBI's investigation of corruption in college basketball and the trial is now underway.
According to Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports, the University of Oregon has already come up on a couple of occasions.
On Monday, prospective jurors in the case were read a list of schools that might come up during the trial. The schools mentioned: Arizona, Creighton, DePaul, Kansas, LSU, Louisville, Miami, North Carolina State, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Southern California and Texas.
The report indicates that the mere listing of these universities does not indicate wrongdoing. They were provided as a way to eliminate any potential conflicts of interest during the jury selection process.
The fraud trial is focused on Adidas exectuive Jim Gatto, former Adidas contractor Merl Code, and sports agent Christian Dawkins. They have been accused of paying prep players to steer them to certain Adidas-aligned schools.
Opening arguments were made today, in the expected month-long trial, and Oregon was mentioned again.
Jim Gattto's attourney said evidence would show that Oregon offered "an astronomical amount of money" to recruit five-star prospect Brian Bowen to entice him to play for the Ducks. Adidas' $100,000 deal for Bowen to commit to Louisville was to "level the playing field."
It is unknown to what extent the UO men's basketball program will be included in the trial that is expected to explore the underbelly of college basketball recruiting. No one with ties to the Oregon program is listed on the potential witness list. Oregon had no ties with the pay-to-play scandal until Monday when Oregon appeared on the university list given to jurors.
Oregon issued a statement in response to the allegations. The university will monitor the court proceedings and did not mention any plans of internal investiagion.
"The university is aware of the claim made by a defense attorney in New York's U.S. District court as part of opening statements in a criminal trial related to college basketball recruiting," Klinger said. "To date, the University of Oregon has not been contacted by the federal government or any other party involved in these proceedings. We take the claim seriously and will monitor the court proceedings closely for any further details."