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USC assistant basketball coach Tony Bland indicted by federal grand jury

By in Press Enterprise on November 8, 2017

By Joey Kaufman

USC associate head coach Tony Bland was among four college basketball assistant coaches indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury in New York City, according to court documents.

Bland was charged on four counts of conspiracy to commit bribery, honest services wire fraud conspiracy, wire fraud conspiracy and travel act conspiracy.

The indictment alleges that Bland earlier this year accepted $13,000 in bribes from sports agent Christopher Dawkins and financial adviser Munish Sood in exchange for steering USC players to their companies.

“Bland also confirmed that, by virtue of his position as a coach for the University of Southern California’s basketball team, he exerted significant influence over his athletes in deciding which agents and advisors to retain,” the indictment said.

Bland, Dawkins and Sood are alleged to have met in late July in Las Vegas.

The three other assistant coaches charged Tuesday were Auburn’s Chuck Person, Arizona’s Emanuel Richardson and Oklahoma State’s Lamont Evans.

Bland has been on administrative leave from USC since he was among 10 men arrested by the FBI on Sept. 26 following its investigation. He later posted bail.

According to the FBI complaint, Bland provided $5,000 and $4,000 in payments to the families of two USC players.

The Trojans open their season Friday at home against Cal State Fullerton.

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