Ucla li ked to Cbb scandal

By: Java



An assistant basketball coach at UCLA exchanged at least eight calls in May 2017 with the middleman at the heart of the federal probe into bribery and corruption in the sport, according to phone records reviewed by The Times. The calls between David Grace, UCLA’s top recruiter for five seasons before his dismissal in April, and Christian Dawkins are the first public link between UCLA and the investigation that has shaken college basketball. UCLA said in a statement it was aware of the communication and has “no reason to believe the calls are indicative of any improper conduct …” Grace, now an assistant at California, declined to comment through a spokesman. A statement from Cal said it wasn’t aware of the calls between Grace and Dawkins, but, mirroring UCLA’s language, added it has “no reason to believe that any improprieties have taken place.” Neither school has been contacted by federal authorities regarding the case. A jury in U.S. District Court in New York convicted Dawkins and two other men last month on counts of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud in connection with payments to big-name recruits to influence which college they attended Call logs from May 3, 2017, to July 3, 2017, for one of the two cellphones used by Dawkins were entered as evidence during the trial. Among the more than 3,100 calls Dawkins made or received during the period, The Times found numbers belonging to at least nine head coaches and 14 assistants at major programs in addition to a number of NBA players, front-office personnel, financial advisors, shoe company employees, club team coaches and others.
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