Dennis Smith Jr., Bam Adebayo, Markelle Fultz Received Payments From ASM Sports

Dennis Smith Jr., Bam Adebayo, Markelle Fultz Received Payments From ASM Sports

Yahoo Sports reviewed hundreds of pages of documents from an Federal Bureau of Investigation probe that monitored multiple targets and listened to more than 4,000 phone calls. They detail the expenditures of prominent former National Basketball Association agent Andy Miller, his former associate Christian Dawkins and his agency, ASM Sports.

The schools mentioned in the documents include other national powerhouse programs such as Duke, North Carolina and Michigan State. The violations range from meals and a few hundred dollars all the way up to tens of thousands of dollars.

Other schools connected to this Yahoo report include Duke, Michigan State, USC, Texas, and North Carolina.

USC officials said Friday they will investigate allegations raised in a Yahoo Sports investigation that two basketball players and/or their representatives may have received payments from a sports agent in violation of NCAA rules.

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As has been the case since last September, when federal criminal charges were levied against 10 people associated with college basketball, including assistant coaches, shoe executives and an agent, the FBI's investigation is ongoing and could hang over the sport for years.

The documents also show Elijah Johnson, a former basketball player for KU, received a $15,000 loan while playing for the Jayhawks.

It's a damning, widespread report that could affect the upcoming NCAA Tournament, as players involved could be declared ineligible.

University President Eli Capiluto says the school learned of the report Thursday night and "began immediately to conduct our due diligence" and will cooperate.

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Last week, a federal judge in NY declined to dismiss criminal indictments against Adidas executives James Gatto and Merl Code, as well as Christian Dawkins, a runner who worked for Miller's ASM Sports.

In any event, Thursday's report will re-open the debate over whether college athletes should be paid up front, while the schools and players will await their fate from the NCAA. Such payments violate NCAA rules and therefore have significant implications. Following the Southern District of New York's indictments previous year, the NCAA Board of Governors and I formed the independent Commission on College Basketball, chaired by Condoleezza Rice, to provide recommendations on how to clean up the sport.

The allegations come after the investigation into ASM Sports, an agency headlined by former prominent National Basketball Association agent Andy Miller and his assistant Christian Dawkins.

Don Jackson, an Alabama-based attorney who has worked on numerous college eligibility cases, said the root of the problem for the NCAA is that the amateurism model does not work.

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