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Yahoo: USC named in report regarding FBI probe into NCAA

The report goes into detail about potential corruption involving multiple high-level schools, players

NCAA Basketball: Southern California at Arizona State Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

Yahoo has published an article detailing what may potentially be major violations for at least 20 major Division I schools - including the likes of USC, Duke, North Carolina, Kansas, and Michigan State, to name a few.

From the article:

Documents and bank records obtained in discovery during the federal investigation into the underbelly of college basketball detail in meticulous fashion the expenditures of prominent former NBA agent Andy Miller, his former associate Christian Dawkins and his agency, ASM Sports. They include expense reports and balance sheets that list cash advances, as well as entertainment and travel expenses for high school and college prospects and their families.

While USC stars Bennie Boatwright and Chimezie Metu are named in the report, they aren’t even the biggest names identified on the list - players like Nerlens Noel, Kyle Lowry, Kyle Kuzma, and Dennis Smith, Jr., have all been identified as players who received benefits of some kind. As the public continues to learn more details, it wouldn’t be entirely farfetched to suggest that this investigation may, in fact, change the landscape of college basketball as we know it.

NCAA President Mark Emmert had a response in regards to the Yahoo report being dropped:

“These allegations, if true, point to systematic failures that must be fixed and fixed now if we want college sports in America. Simply put, people who engage in this kind of behavior have no place in college sports. They are an affront to all those who play by the rules.”

You can read his full statement here.

(Edit [02/24/2018, 11:45am]): USC A.D. Lynn Swann released a statement in regards to Metu’s availability for today’s game versus Utah and for games throughout the rest of the season: