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09:20  04 june  2019
09:20  04 june  2019 Source:   latimes.com

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USC assistant basketball coach Tony Bland (Shotgun Spratling / Los Angeles Times). Two months ago, Tony Bland walked into a Las Vegas hotel Dawkins and Bland discussed with two other men how to compensate the coach for his services. Then the sports agent left the meeting with Bland and

Former USC assistant basketball coach Tony Bland reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors in the college basketball corruption case , his A report published by Yahoo! Sports, citing unnamed sources, said Bland was expected to plead guilty to one count of federal funds bribery, which could

USC says Tony Bland 'caused significant harm' in college basketball corruption case© ASSOCIATED PRESS Former Southern California assistant basketball coach Tony Bland, left, arrives at federal court in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. Bland is expected to plead guilty in a criminal case in which prosecutors said bribes were paid to steer top athletes to certain schools. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) Jun. 4--Former USC associate head coach Tony Bland "caused significant harm to USC and its student-athletes" in connection with the federal probe into college basketball corruption, according to a letter from a senior school official filed in U.S. District Court in New York.

Michael Blanton, USC's vice president for professionalism and ethics, sent the three-paragraph victim impact statement to U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos last month in advance of Bland's sentencing Wednesday.

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USC assistant coach Tony Bland yells out instruction to his players during a game against Stanford on Jan. Investigators say Bland , in his role as associate head coach of USC 's basketball team, took bribes to steer Trojans players to Christian Dawkins, a former sports agent who was trying to start his

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"The actions of Mr. Bland and his co-conspirators have significantly damaged the reputation of USC as an institution, the USC athletic department, and its men's basketball program," Blanton wrote.

"Further, their actions have prompted an NCAA investigation that may result in penalties. Lastly, USC was forced to expend significant amounts of money to investigate Mr. Bland's conduct and to cooperate with the government as it has prosecuted this case."

Bland pleaded guilty in January to a felony count of conspiracy to commit bribery as part of a deal with prosecutors. He admitted to accepting a $4,100 bribe in July 2017 in exchange for directing USC players to use a sports management company when they turned professional.

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USC has fired associate head basketball coach Tony Bland , according to his attorney, four months after he was among 10 men arrested and charged in the FBI’s probe into bribery and corruption in college basketball . Bland , who was fired last week, had been on administrative leave since

© Provided by Oath Inc. Tony Bland admitted on Wednesday to accepting payment for steering USC players in business dealings. (Getty). Former USC assistant coach Tony Bland pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery in a New York federal court on Wednesday for his role in the corruption

The actual amount Bland received appears to have been less than $4,100. Christian Dawkins, the chief executive of the fledgling company, testified in federal court last month that he pocketed the $13,000 bribe provided by an undercover FBI agent posing as an investor in the company, then gave Bland "between a thousand and two thousand dollars" to use at a friend's bachelor party.

Prosecutors want Bland to serve six to 12 months in prison. His attorney, Jeffrey Lichtman, asked Ramos for probation.

Lichtman declined to comment on the USC letter.

Bland, fired by USC in January 2018, will be the first of four college assistant coaches arrested by the FBI in the investigation to be sentenced. Former Arizona assistant Book Richardson will be sentenced Thursday, followed by former Oklahoma State assistant Lamont Evans on Friday and former Auburn assistant Chuck Person later this year.

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USC assistant coach Tony Bland stands on the court during a game against UCLA in February Bland is scheduled to be sentenced in June for his alleged role in the college basketball bribery William Sweeney, assistant director in charge of the New York FBI office, said "we have your playbook."

Anthony “ Tony ” Bland was among four college assistant coaches arrested in September 2017 as a result of an investigation into alleged corruption in Bland hadn’t intended to harm any players, Lichtman said , adding: “While the NCAA’s system of how it treats college basketball players is

"I respectfully ask that the Court simply recognize this is not a victimless crime," Blanton wrote. "USC, its student-athletes, and college athletics as a whole have suffered greatly because of what Mr. Bland and his co-conspirators did."

The letter didn't detail how much the school spent investigating Bland or provide specifics for its allegations.

In another federal investigation impacting USC, former Trojans women's soccer coach Ali Khosroshahin agreed Monday to plead guilty in the college admissions scandal. Former USC women's soccer assistant Laura Janke pleaded guilty last month. Two other ex-USC employees charged in the investigation -- senior associate athletic director Donna Heinel and water polo coach Jovan Vavic -- have pleaded not guilty.

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