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SportEx-USC Assistant Tony Bland Sentenced in College Basketball Corruption Trial

20:06  05 june  2019
20:06  05 june  2019 Source:   si.com

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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

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Ex-USC Assistant Tony Bland Sentenced in College Basketball Corruption Trial© Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Former USC assistant Tony Bland has been sentenced to two years probation and 100 hours community service for his involvement in the college basketball corruption scandal. The first of four former coaches charged with crimes in the FBI investigation, Bland will not serve jail time.

The sentencing comes after Bland pleaded guilty in January to a felony count of conspiracy to commit bribery as part of a deal with prosecutors, admitting that he accepted $4,100 in cash–the least of the implicated coaches–to direct Trojans' players to use Christian Dawkins' sports management company after college. Dawkins was sentenced to six months in prison by a federal judge in March.

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Former USC assistant basketball coach Tony Bland reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors in the college basketball corruption case, his defense attorney told the Southern California News Group. Jeffrey Lichtman, the attorney for Bland , did not provide details of the plea agreement, which

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Prosecutors wanted Bland to serve six to 12 months in prison but his attorney, Jeffrey Lichtman, asked for probation for his role in the scandal. Prosecutors argued that Bland disregarded his students' own well-being by accepting the bribes.

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

“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.”

Bland, fired by USC in January 2018, is the first assistant coaches arrested by the FBI in the investigation to be sentenced. Former Arizona assistant Book Richardson will be sentenced Thursday, 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 yells out instruction to his players during a game against Stanford on Jan. People familiar with the road many players take to the NBA say the game is fraught with opportunities for corruption , from the club level to the high schools and colleges .

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

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