LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The NCAA is placing USC’s men’s basketball team on two years of probation and fining the university $5,000 plus 1% of the men’s basketball program budget for a former associate head coach’s part in the college admissions scandal.
An NCAA review panel determined that former associate basketball coach Tony Bland violated NCAA ethical conduct rules when he accepted a $4,100 bribe to influence student-athlete admissions.
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Bland pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit bribery in January of 2019 in the case.
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Several of the country’s most high-profile universities, including USC and UCLA, along with some of the nation’s CEOs and C-suite executives, were ensnared in the FBI’s “Operation Varsity Blues” investigation. The FBI arrested dozens of wealthy parents who they say paid millions in “donations” to William Singer of Orange County to arrange the taking of standardized tests, help create fake student-athlete profiles and outright bribe college officials to get their students into prestigious universities.
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