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Wednesday / May 22.
  • Adidas defendants found guilty on all counts in college basketball bribery trial

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    After 14 days of trial, and 19 hours of deliberation, the three defendants in the Adidas trial — Jim Gatto, Merl Code and Christian Dawkins — were found guilty on seven counts of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud on Wednesday.

    Here’s a fluid list of all my coverage of the trial and how it related to schools like Louisville, Kansas, Arizona, N.C. State and Oregon. The stories on the verdict are at the bottom.


    Here’s a story from on “Ten things you need to know about the Adidas Basketball Trial

    And another on “Defense attorneys in Adidas trial say Nike, Under Armour paying players, too


    DAY 1

    Arizona Daily Star: Federal prosecutors likely to mention Sean Miller, Deandre Ayton, others in fraud trial


    DAY 2

    Arizona Daily Star:  Defense attorney: Arizona Wildcats were prepared to spend $150K to land recruit


    DAY 3

    Arizona Daily Star: Arizona Wildcats, Oregon offered to pay big for basketball recruits, attorneys say

    Arizona Daily Star: Witness details large cash payments made to father of superprospect Brian Bowen


    DAY 4

    Arizona Daily Star:  Father of hoops recruit Brian Bowen: Agent told me Arizona offered $50K for commitment

    Arizona Daily Star:  Brian Bowen’s father: Agent told me Arizona offered ’50 grand’ for commitment

    The Oregonian: Brian Bowen Sr. details lucrative cash bribes from multiple college basketball programs, but ‘does not recall’ Oregon’s offer


    DAY 5

    News & Observer: Memo shows NC State concerned about Mark Gottfried having contact with agent runners

    ZAGSBLOG: DePaul, La Salle assistants linked to payments to Brian Bowen Sr., who doesn’t remember getting $3,000 from an Oregon coach


    DAY 6

    TV hit: DeAndre Ayton, 4 others paid by Adidas, former consultant says

    Arizona Daily Star:  Ex-shoe consultant: I paid Deandre Ayton’s family, others to choose Adidas schools

    KC Star: De Sousa contract with Spain pro team, payments to families discussed at Adidas trial


    DAY 7

    Arizona Daily Star: Fixer testifies that he paid Deandre Ayton’s family friend $15K as part of Adidas pitch

    News & Observer: Former Adidas consultant testifies he gave $40,000 to former NC State coach Orlando Early. Court documents show the money came from a colleague of Andy Miller, the sports agent NC State disassociated itself from in 2012.

    KC Star: Details about Billy Preston’s car, KU emerge as Adidas trial continues


    DAY 8 

    News & Observer: Text messages shown in court appear to clear UNC’s Nassir Little in FBI case.

    KC Star: Adidas trial: Text messages from KU’s Bill Self, Kurtis Townsend shown as evidence


    DAY 9

    Arizona Daily Star: Former UA target Nassir Little, now at UNC, the subject of recording played at federal trial

    News & Observer: Phone call allegedly discussing requests from Zion Williamson’s family brought up at college basketball trial.

    KC Star: KU assistant’s phone call discussing top recruit’s requests brought up at Adidas trial


    DAY 10

    ZAGSBLOG: LSU coach Will Wade: ‘I have never done any business of any kind with Christian Dawkins’


    DAY 11

    KC Star: In closing, attorney for Adidas defendant argues KU’s Bill Self knew of payments

    News & Observer: Adidas college basketball trial: Were schools victims or accomplices?

    Arizona Daily Star: Closing arguments end with contention that Nike, Under Armour schools also paying players


    DAY 12

    News & Observer: Jury continues to deliberate in FBI college basketball trial


    Day 14

    Arizona Daily Star: Adidas execs, would-be sports agent guilty in college basketball fraud case

    News & Observer: Guilty on all counts in FBI college basketball corruption trial

    KC Star: KU chancellor, AD issue joint statement following verdict. Excerpt and link in story

    Photo: Mark Lennihan / AP Photo

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.

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