Three insiders from the world of college basketball recruiting have been convicted in a corruption case that prosecutors said exposed the sport’s underbelly. A jury reached the verdict Wednesday in Manhattan Federal Court.
The government had accused a former Adidas executive, a business manager and the director of an amateur league in a scheme to funnel tens of thousands of dollars in secret payments to the families so the prospects would commit to Adidas-sponsored schools. Those recruitments included that of Brian Bowen to the University of Louisville.
Meanwhile, the University of Louisville is partnering with Adidas to build an ethical leadership committee in collegiate athletics. University officials will hold a news conference today to elaborate on the partnership and what it entails.