Did the Arizona Wildcats pay a player $150K?

According to a report from SBNation the documents released by the FBI in the indictment of four college basketball assistants for illegally taking bribes and paying players there could have been an exchange of $150K to recruit one player.

Arizona appears to be the university that offered the money for a highly recruited small forward that many believe that committed to the U of A.

SBNation shows where the FBI documents note of wire tapped calls between Adidas Officials James Gatto and Merl Code and sports agent Christian Dawkins.

As reference “Company-1” is Adidas, “University-4” is Arizona, “University-7” is Miami, and “Player-12”,who is believed to have been negotiating the $150k payment.

August 11, 2017: Call 2, part 1 — Code discussed with Gatto the involvement of Dawkins and Augustine in the scheme to facilitate payments to “Player-12” in order to secure “Player-12’s” commitment to attend “University-7”. Code explained that another Division 1 university “University-4” was offering “Player-12” $150,000. Code stated “and we’re trying to keep him from going to one of their (rival apparel company’s) schools”.

Code further went on to tell Gatto that Dawkins and Augustine had asked Code if Gatto “would be able to keep him at “University-7” because they really want the kid.” Gatto confirmed that “Player-12” would be a rising senior in high school, and Code assured Gatto that the payments need not be “all in one lump sum. I can make it work...” Code went on to tell Gatto that the situation was “not one of those where I need an answer today. You know what I’m saying? I just wanted to put it on your plate.”


Washington v Arizona

The next call is more of the negotiations and what Arizona is believed to willing to pay.

August 11, 2017: Call 2, part 1 — Code discussed with Gatto the involvement of Dawkins and Augustine in the scheme to facilitate payments to “Player-12” in order to secure “Player-12’s” commitment to attend “University-7”. Code explained that another Division 1 university “University-4” was offering “Player-12” $150,000. Code stated “and we’re trying to keep him from going to one of their (rival apparel company’s) schools”.

Code further went on to tell Gatto that Dawkins and Augustine had asked Code if Gatto “would be able to keep him at “University-7” because they really want the kid.” Gatto confirmed that “Player-12” would be a rising senior in high school, and Code assured Gatto that the payments need not be “all in one lump sum. I can make it work...” Code went on to tell Gatto that the situation was “not one of those where I need an answer today. You know what I’m saying? I just wanted to put it on your plate.”

The University of Arizona is currently doing an internal review of the basketball program with will likely lead to the termini nation of 1 or more coaches.

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