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FBI’s college basketball sting claims another victim as former NCAA assistant director of enforcement and current Alabama employee resigns
Alabama basketball administrator Kobie Baker resigns amid FBI’s NCAA stingBaker resigned Wednesday evening after internal review of basketball programHe reportedly admitted during a meeting with Alabama officials on Wednesday to being ‘Staff Member 1’ in the FBI complaintComplaint says during series of meetings Staff Member 1 received at least $25KBaker resigned shortly afterLouisville basketball coach Rick Pitino was firedSeven college programs have been linked to a fraud and corruption investigationSome of the most explosive allegations appear to involve Louisville, which already is on NCAA probation over a sex scandalOne player believed to be Brian Bowen has been suspended indefinitelyLouisville recruits Anfernee Simons and Courtney Ramey have decomittedBy
Alabama basketball administrator Kobie Baker, a former NCAA enforcement staffer, becomes the latest person to resign amid the FBI’s college basketball sting
Alabama basketball administrator Kobie Baker, a former NCAA enforcement staffer, has become the latest person to resign amid the FBI’s college basketball sting.
Athletic director Greg Byrne said in a statement the decision followed an internal review of the basketball program resulting from a wave of arrests in a federal bribery probe.
‘Our review has not identified any NCAA or SEC rules violations nor the involvement of any other coach or staff member,’ Byrne said.
‘We have notified both of the governing bodies of the actions we have taken. As always, we will continue to be proactive in our compliance efforts.’
An athletic department spokeswoman declined to elaborate on the reason for Baker’s resignation.
According to the FBI complaint, Rashan Michel, who was arrested Tuesday, arranged a meeting with a confidential witness (CW 1) and someone referred to as ‘Staff Member 1’ on or around May 3.
At that time, CW 1 paid $5,000 to Staff Member 1 and $2,000 to Michel.
It’s alleged that between May and August 31,
Staff Member 1 received at least $25,000 from CW 1.
During one meeting,which CW 1 recorded, CW 1 asked Staff Member 1 if he had the ability to influence players at his school to retain CW 1’s services as an advisor, which he said he did.
At the end of August, Staff Member 1 is accused of introducing the father of a star athlete to CW 1 in an effort to begin influencing the father to push his son to hire CW 1 upon turning pro.
Athletic director Greg Byrne (pictured) said in a statement the decision followed an internal review of the basketball program resulting from a wave of arrests in a federal bribery probe
The incoming player wasn’t named in the complaint.
Baker was entering his second year with the program and his first year as an associate athletic director.
Pitino was told he had been let go during a meeting on Wednesday morning with Louisville interim president Greg Postel, according to multiple reports.
Pitino and Jurich’s fate will be determined by the board of trustees no later than their next meeting, which Postel said is on October 18.
‘Doing nothing would be a tacit admission of criminal behavior,’ Postel said.
Pitino was told he had been let go during a meeting on Wednesday morning with Louisville interim president Greg Postel (right), according to multiple reports
Pitino one of the highest paid basketball coaches in the world with an annual salary of $7.7 million had not been linked directly to the FBI investigation.
However, some of the most explosive allegations in the court documents appear to involve Louisville, which was already on NCAA probation over a sex scandal.
In fact, Pitino had already been suspended for the first five games of the season after it was revealed that strippers were provided to basketball recruits by basketball operations director Andre McGee. Louisville is appealing the decision, but the school may ultimately be forced to vacate dozens of wins and the team’s 2013 national championship if the NCAA’s ruling is not overturned.
Louisville hopes to name an interim coach and athletic director within 48 hours,
Postel said. The status of the remaining coaching staff will be made by the interim coach.