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USC assistant coach Tony Bland among 10 charged in college basketball ...

The FBI has arrested four College Basketball assistant Coaches, including Tony Bland from USC, in what federal authorities say is a corruption scandal involving bribes paid to steer elite athletes to financial advisors.

Prosecutors have called a press conference at noon in New York to discuss the charges, include bribery and fraud.

“Moreover many such coaches have enormous influence over the student-athletes who play for them, in particular with respect to guiding those student-athletes through the process of selecting agents and other advisors when they prepare to leave college and enter the NBA,” the FBI said.

Bland, a former coach at San Diego State, brought a reputation as a star recruiter to USC.

In the court papers, the FBI says that Bland met in July with a sports agent, Christian Dawkins, in a hotel room in Las Vegas to talk about signing two USC players, a rising freshman who had just committed to the school, and a rising sophomore.

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