adidas clothes ‘Dark underbelly’ of NCAA hoops drags UofL under new cloud of sc
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) The University of Louisville acknowledged Tuesday it is part of the bombshell federal investigation into bribery at several major college basketball programs.Today, the University of Louisville received notice that it is included in a federal investigation involving criminal activity related to men basketball recruiting.While we are just learning about this information, this is a serious concern that goes to the heart of our athletic department and the university. UofL is committed to ethical behavior and adherence to NCAA rules; any violations will not be tolerated.We will cooperate fully with any law enforcement or NCAA investigation into the matter.>> READ: FBI Complaint 1 Complaint 2 Complaint 3Louisville is one of seven schools implicated in the scathing cash for talent report released Tuesday.Charges were filed against several assistant and associate coaches at high profile NCAA basketball programs, major sports apparel providers and some of their business associates.FBI agents made several arrests Monday evening. Federal prosecutors announced the charges on Tuesday, following a fraud and corruption probe that stretches back to 2015.”Coaches from some of the nation’s top programs accepting bribes . circling top prospects like coyotes,” he said. Attorney’s Office. The school itself wasn’t even named, but there is enough information in the complaints for WAVE 3 News to identify UofL.+ NCAA expert Dr. Tuesday that he was “not aware of anything at this point. We’re hearing this for the first time in the last hour.”Adidas global marketing director Jim Gatto and the other defendants reportedly funneled $100,000 to the family of a high school basketball player to convince the player to sign with a “public research university” in Kentucky, the complaints said. UofL’s basketball apparel is provided by Adidas. The entities have been partners for years, and just last month, they agreed on a 10 year, $160 million apparel deal that was one of the most lucrative in the history of college athletics.Player 10Information in the complaints implicate a “Player 10,” whom appears to be , currently a freshman on the UofL roster, whose family received a cash gift. In July, several of the defendants met in a Las Vegas hotel room, where the FBI used a cooperating witness to record the conversation.In that meeting, the defendants discussed how they had secured (Bowen’s) commitment. One of the agents said “a rival athletic apparel company was coming with a higher number.” One of the agents said he asked a coach at Louisville, identified in the complaints as “Coach 2,” to secure more money from Adidas for (Bowen).