College basketball recruiting scandal leads to prison sentence for three men

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College basketball recruiting scandal leads to prison sentence for three men

NEW YORK  -- Three men received prison sentences Tuesday in the widespread college basketball recruiting scandal that has tainted two dozen schools.

Former Adidas executive James Gatto, business manager Christian Dawkins and amateur league director Merl Code were convicted in October of conspiracy to commit wire fraud for funneling illegal payments to families of recruits to Louisville, Kansas and North Carolina State.

Gatto got nine months in prison; Dawkins and Code got six months each.

Prosecutors say coaches teamed up with Gatto and others to trade hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes to influence star athletes' choice of schools, shoe sponsors, agents and even tailors.

NCAA President Mark Emmert has said an independent enforcement body to adjudicate major infractions cases could be in place by August.

Judge Lewis A. Kaplan said he sympathized with the argument that the defendants were being punished when others who did similar things were not being prosecuted. Nonetheless, he said, "These defendants all knew what they were doing was wrong."

The judge added that he wanted to send "a great big warning light to the basketball world."

"I deeply regret my actions," Gatto said in a shaky voice.

Dawkins referenced "social dysfunction" in college basketball and said his actions were "clouded" by a "system that takes advantage of kids."

"I realize now more than ever none of this was worth it," Dawkins said.

Code said he also regretted his actions but added, "Some things really got to be changed about college basketball."


Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech: Date, time, TV Channel, how to watch

Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech: Date, time, TV Channel, how to watch

Week 12 of college football season is here. 

Virginia Tech is currently having a decent season with a 6-3 record. The Hokies just upset Wake Forest to hand the Demon Deacons their second loss this season. 

Georgia Tech, on the other hand, hasn’t had that successful of a season this year, with a 2-7 record. They’ve only won against similar competitor Miami, beating them 28-21, and sneaking by USF with a four-point victory. 

When looking at both teams side to side, it seems that this Saturday’s game is in favor of Virginia Tech, but we will see what Georgia Tech will come up with in order to compete.

How to watch Virginia Tech vs Georgia Tech

Who: Virginia Tech vs. Georgia Tech

What: Regular Season Week 12

When: Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, 3:30 p.m. ET

Where: Bobby Dodd Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia

TV Channel: NBC Sports Washington 

Live Stream: NBC Sports Washington

Radio: Sirius XM Channel 201, Streaming 964

Weather: 44 degrees, sunny 

Virginia Tech's full 2019 football schedule

Week 1: at Boston College, L, 35-28

Week 2: vs. Old Dominion, W, 31-17

Week 3: vs. Furman, W, 24-17 

Week 4: vs. Duke, L, 45-10

Week 5: at Miami, W. 42-35

Week 6: vs. Rhode Island, W, 34-17

Week 7: vs. North Carolina, W, 43-41

Week 8: BYE

Week 9: at Notre Dame, L, 20-21

Week 10: vs. Wake Forest, W, 36-17

Week 11: at Georgia Tech, 3:30 p.m.

Week 12: vs. Pitt, TBA

Week 13: at Virginia, TBA

Week 14: ACC Championship, 7:30 p.m.

Georgia Tech's full 2019 football schedule

Week 1: at Clemon, L, 52-14

Week 2: vs. USF, W 14-10

Week 3: vs. The Citadel, L, 27-24

Week 4: BYE

Week 5: at Temple, L, 24-2

Week 6: vs. North Carolina, L, 38-22

Week 7: at Duke, L, 41-23

Week 8: at Miami, W, 28-21

Week 9: BYE

Week 10: vs. Pitt, L, 20-10

Week 11: at Virginia, L, 33-28

Week 12: vs. Virginia Tech, 3:30 p.m.

Week 13: vs. NC State, 8:00 p.m.

Week 14: vs. Georgia, TBA


Ex-DeMatha coach, Maryland assistant tweets he didn't report Chase Young to NCAA

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Ex-DeMatha coach, Maryland assistant tweets he didn't report Chase Young to NCAA

Star Ohio State defensive end Chase Young was suspended for Saturday’s game against Maryland. That looked like fortuitous timing for the Terps, so much so that some people began to speculate as to whether it was a bit too fortuitous.

Young’s suspension stems from a loan he received from a family friend. Young is a native of Maryland and played football at DeMatha Catholic High School. The fact that a loan he received from a family friend suddenly became public right in time for the game against Young's hometown Terps did not seem like a coincidence. It also showed Ohio State's thorough dismantling of Maryland in a new light. Kicking an onside kick in the first quarter and rolling 70 points up on Maryland suddenly seemed to make sense. This game was personal.

You see where this is going, right? Some people began to connect the dots, including FOX Sports announcers Joel Klatt and Gus Johnson who were calling the game, and began speculating that someone involved with the Terps leaked the news of Young’s loan in order to make him ineligible for the Maryland game. This was personal for Ohio State.

Young’s former high school coach, Elijah Brooks, is now the running backs coach for the Terps. He took to Twitter on Tuesday to dispel rumors that he or anyone at Maryland was involved in leaking the information to the NCAA.

Maryland played Ohio State closely last season, but in reality, the Buckeyes did not need Young to beat the Terps and that is not hindsight talking.

Had anyone from Maryland actually leaked info of the loan, it would have been embarrassingly petty and pointless. The Terps were never going to win that game.