adidas vintage trainers aga receives subpoena in FBI basketball probe
Hurricanes men’s basketball coach Jim Larra has already turned over a series of documents to government officials, but on Wednesday, his attorney confirmed Larra has also received a federal grand jury subpoena in the large scale investigation of corruption in college basketball.
Coral Gables attorney Stuart Z. Grossman, one of the attorneys representing Larra said the coach will continue cooperating in the probe and he remains confident that as the government continues its investigation, the Miami coach and basketball program will be exonerated.
“We want the government to have any and everything that they ask for by way of emails and phone records,” Grossman said. “We are cooperating fully. This will only prove his innocence.”
Last month, federal corruption and bribery charges were filed against 10 people tied to college basketball nationwide, including four assistant coaches.
While neither Miami nor any of its coaches or athletes were named in the indictments handed down in New York, a “University 7,” whose description matches Miami, was mentioned in a Department of Justice complaint against Adidas executive Jim Gatto, who was charged in connection to the probe.
In the complaint, the DOJ alleges that an unnamed “Coach 3” was involved with trying to funnel approximately $150,000 to “Player 12,” an unnamed high school basketball player expected to graduate in 2018.
Miami president Julio Frenk later confirmed the DOJ was investigating the potential ties between a member of the men’s basketball coaching staff and a potential recruit.
Little played for the travel basketball program once run by Jonathan Brad Augustine, one of the 10 men charged in the case and was thought to be the unnamed “Player 12” in the DOJ complaint.
“I state unequivocally that, with the exception of athletic scholarships customary attendant to such recruiting, neither I nor my father, Harold Little, ever solicited or discussed a payment of any kind for my commitment to play basketball at the University of Miami or at any other school,” the signed affidavit reads.
“No corporate official or employee or AAU official or representative ever offered or so much as discussed any form of improper payment to myself or to any member of my family. Neither I, nor to my knowledge, my father, ever spoke with James Gatto, Merl Code, Christian Dawkins, Jonathan Brad Augustine or Munish Sood or AAU coach Darryl Hardin about improper payments or any payment at all. And certainly no coach or representative of the University of Miami or any university had such discussions with us.”
Harold Little signed a similar affidavit, and on Oct. 5, Nassir Little verbally committed to play basketball at North Carolina.
While the FBI’s probe is ongoing, Larra is not the only coach to receive a subpoena in the case. According to the Louisville Courier Journal, former Cardinals coach Rick Pitino has also been subpoenaed and the Los Angeles Times reported that personnel at Auburn, Arizona, Oklahoma State and USC have been subpoenaed, as well.
On Wednesday, Louisville’s Board of Trustees voted to fire athletic director Tom Jurich, while Pitino was fired Monday.
The school’s involvement in the FBI probe is the latest scandal to envelop the Louisville program, which was also investigated and sanctioned by the NCAA after an escort alleged in a book that former Cardinals staffer Andre McGee hired her and other dancers to strip and have sex with players and recruits from 2010 14.