Dawkins, Code convicted in college basketball corruption trial
NEW YORK (AP) - An aspiring sports business manager and an amateur basketball coach have been convicted of bribery conspiracy at a trial that showed top college coaches were paid off to steer NBA-bound athletes to favored handlers.
The verdict Wednesday capped a two-week trial of Christian Dawkins and youth basketball coach Merl Code in a case that forced the NCAA to confront corruption affecting basketball players at elite universities. Dawkins has been linked directly to the recruiting scandal involving head coach Will Wade and the LSU basketball program.
The pair were convicted on a single conspiracy count, but acquitted of some other charges.
Dawkins testified during the trial that he didn't bribe anyone.
Prosecutors say video and audio evidence was overwhelming.
Four former assistant basketball coaches have pleaded guilty in connection with the scandal and await sentencing.
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