hree NCAA Division I basketball coaches rolled into Manhattan federal court Tuesday to face charges in one of the biggest corruption scandals ever to rock college sports.
All three coaches, including former NBA star Chuck “The Rifleman” Connors Person, were released on $100,000 bond and ordered to turn in their passports after telling the judge they understood the charges against them.
Emanuel “Book” Richardson, assistant coach at Arizona, and Tony Bland, University of Southern California assistant coach, heartily embraced after they were ordered released on bond.
“He’s a good man, and everybody who knows him knows that,” said Bland’s lawyer, Jeffrey Lichtman.
The three coaches were among 10 people busted on Sept. 26 in a scheme to push star athletes to particular schools, agents, financial advisers and shoe sponsors in exchange for cash.
Person, who was suspended without pay by Auburn University, declined to comment. Richardson’s lawyer, David Axelrod, called the charges “devastating” to his client
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