USC Basketball Assistant Tony Bland Among Four Coaches Charged In Bribe Case

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USC assistant coach Tony Bland was arresed late Monday night in an FBI case where he allegedly took $13,000 for agreeing to steer two players to an agent. Bland was also charged in connection with facilitating payments of $9,000 to the families two players, a “rising freshman” who recently committted to USC and a “rising sophomore”

One meeting involving Bland, an agent and financial advisor that was videotaped by the FBI reportedly took place in a restaurant at USC.

UPDATED: Here is a statement from USC athletic director Lynn Swann

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  • SCgrad12

    If he is stupid enough to be charged and proven guilty as charged, it’s time for Enfield to go as well. The only question is why would Bland be in dealings with Addidas when USC is a Nike school?

    • marvgoux1

      Enfield should have known. Fire him.

  • CORTEZ THE KILLER

    Is there anything dirtier than college basketball ?

    • Sas

      Jesus Shuttlesworth and his Uncle are everywhere now.

      • SCgrad12

        This is primarily a result of the ridiculous one and done policy.

        • CORTEZ THE KILLER

          College basketball has been dirty for years, long before the one and done thing.

          • Sas

            True, but it’s ridiculous now.

          • CORTEZ THE KILLER

            Not really, it’s been this way for 30+ years

          • Sas

            More money. And the money starts following kids as soon as that star is spotted in an AAU Tournament.

          • CORTEZ THE KILLER

            Been going on for years. Read John Fienstein’s book, if you can find it, on college basketball, it’s pretty disgusting what went on.

          • Sas

            I’ll definitely look into that buddy. Hopefully Enfield doesn’t go out the front door of his office building today for lunch and runs to his car.

          • 88 Straight

            At least Andy has a hot wife to comfort him!

          • Sas

            If he gets thrown out of Lalaland and his family winds up in Hollywood, Florida she may go back to modeling and leave Andy in her rear view mirror. I hope he hangs onto that!

          • 88 Straight

            Andy may not have anything to do with it. It may explain why Bland is a strong recruiter, though.

          • Jethro G Sabbath

            That’s all I’ve ever heard about Bland.

          • 88 Straight

            Cowherd just stated that a family was paid $100k for a kid to go to Louisville. Shocking! Louisville and Pitino dirty? LOL

            If you hire Pitino and Petrino, you want sleaze. Could be serious problems for Louisville.

          • Gabby

            Wooden started the trend

        • Sas

          Yeah it is.

    • Rob

      Yes, the NCAA!

      • CORTEZ THE KILLER

        True

    • marvgoux1

      The Clintons.

  • Sas

    This is NOT something that our program needs right now. I’ll wait for more to come to light before I react off disappointment and start thinking the worse. This will totally kill any kind hustle in my stops because this kick to head. F***!

    • 88 Straight

      Thought of you Sas as soon as I heard this. 3 Nike schools, 1 UA school and an Adidas employee? Plus, I am unaware of any “can’t miss” players on these schools with the possible exception of Arizona. This may be the tip of the iceberg. Hard to believe that it’s only 4 schools.

      • Sas

        This is allegedly from his days with Boeheim. Anything could be made up and or true with them lately.

        • 88 Straight

          Sounds like info coming out on Louisville and Miami too. No surprise with those two schools. As I said, might be the tip of the iceberg.

          • Sas

            Right before practices are gonna start.

          • CORTEZ THE KILLER

            The book I told you about is called ” A Season Inside ” you can get it from Amazon for a penny, maybe your local library has it

          • Sas

            My son usually hits up the new library near his grandparents house and I’ll check it out. I want to see what Wooden and his staff were throwing at the kids back in those days.

          • CORTEZ THE KILLER

            Doesn’t cover Wooden, but it does cover Kentucky, Ok St ( Sutton said he would recruit a new team and get rid of under performing players every year if he had to ) and many others. One coach openly admits to cheating and hoping he didn’t get caught in the beginning, his theory being that if he could just get the team rolling he wouldn’t have to cheat later. It goes into the AAU, Vaccarro grandpa munster AL Lewis

          • Sas

            Sounds interesting. I’m gonna look for it in the couple of weeks when we visit.

      • Ben Factor

        Of course it’s not only four schools.

    • Rob

      This is ridicules Sam, I doubt there is a single school who does not practice some sort of sketchy recruiting in the power 5 conferences. NCAA needs to get off its high horse about “amateur athletes” when they are exploiting the kids making money hand over fist!

      If they go after all the programs, they will have a hard time fielding a 68 team tournament!

      • 88 Straight

        This isn’t the NCAA. This is the Feds and alleged criminal activity. I think this will probably expand greatly.

        • Rob

          Giving some money to the kids??!! Is that such criminal thing? Feds need to go after murderers, robbers and sexual predators not basketball programs!

          • 88 Straight

            Perhaps one should wait for the facts to come out

          • Rob

            In one of the articles it says that Bland received $13,000 to funnel 2 players to sign with certain agent and shoe company. Also, he gave $9000 to player’s families.

            Why is that such a crime? Isn’t that what “head hunters” do in the business world? And about kids getting few dollars… amount of money they generate for their respective school is an injustice to the kids!

            Only thing I hate more than southern cal is the NCAA!

          • 88 Straight

            This isn’t the NCAA. This is the Feds and alleged violations of the law, not just NCAA rules. This isn’t for the benefit of the kids.

            Again, we don’t know the facts yet.

        • marvgoux1

          Much worse that it is the Feds.

          • 88 Straight

            Definitely and you never know how long it goes on or where it leads.

      • Sas

        The rules are are big pile sh*t. Darnay Holmes father can publicly steer him to Ucla and then magically out of the blue he gets a contract to be a 7on7 Coach with a Styphon in the $15,000-$20,000 ball park. And that was most likely signed with a promise that Darnay would get a future contract. How does that type of stuff fly by the rules NCAA. You’re right! They would definitely have a hard time trying field a tournament because the big programs would all be missing.

        • Pasadena Trojan

          I heard that Darnay Holmes dad was paid by ugly to send him to ugly. Reliable source, but need more proof. but knowing the dad, I have seen the character of him and i would not be surprised.

          • Sas

            Pasadena,
            I would put my money on your source because there was huge, loud, violent sounds that were talk saying Holmes made his mind up for USC and his mom was very happy and his dad was not embarrassed to make a scene and shadow Darnay with his mercy pitch and threatening that he wouldn’t watch his practices and would not support him from that day forward. From what I heard some of this was a public argument in front other USArmyAllAmerican players. Darnay’s mother wanted USC or Ohio State and she was good ether way preferring USC. Her and his father do not get along. This ending of his recruitment has got to go down as one of the most embarrassing displays I’ve heard about from a parents involvement. I feel sorry for the kid.

          • marvgoux1

            Talk about a bad investment!

          • 88 Straight

            Sorry guys, I don’t know whether it’s true or not. But it just sounds like sour grapes.

            Paying for football players does not reap the benefits like it does for basketball in the one and done era. I realize that SAS was all pumped up for basketball this year and it’s disappointing. Personally, I don’t care much about SC BB. However, if Arizona gets nailed it may put a smile on my face.

  • CORTEZ THE KILLER

    Hey, all the guys charged, aside from the Adidas guy, are black. Must be a racist plot by Donald Trump !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • SCgrad12

      Is Sharpton or Jesse Jackson an Addias or Nike guy?

      • CORTEZ THE KILLER

        You never know !!!!!!!!! Jesse tried to shake down Phil Knight years ago and Knight told him to F off

    • Gabby

      No offense killer, are you black?

    • Trojans 6942

      No it the Russians!

      • Jethro G Sabbath

        Did you mean to say that like a Russian would?

    • Lunderful

      Ha!……Good one!

    • marvgoux1

      All the libs on ESPN will claim racism.

  • 04Trojan

    Not good. And right before the start of a promising season.

  • Fred Sampson

    Here we go again with that , probation crap , and just when the program laid a strong foundation..smmfh

    • CORTEZ THE KILLER

      Depends when he did it. Was it when he was at USC ? Regardless, not good and I doubt he’ll be a coach at SC much longer.

      • Gabby

        Hey killer, since you seem to know it all. Wolf’s post is vague, we need better details…..thanks

      • Pasadena Trojan

        Mostly agree, but at least let him explain. If he did it while at SC, then C’yaa.

        • CORTEZ THE KILLER

          Totally agree

        • 88 Straight

          PT, interesting article on the LA Times website. Mentions Bland in a Las Vegas hotel in July of 2017. So, not good.

          I’m not on a high horse because one never knows where it leads. UCLA may or may not have a problem. There’s probably a lot to come out and one never knows. We’d all like to believe that our respective schools are clean, but naïveté is nothing to hang your hat on.

    • Lunderful

      Considering the ho-hum history of the men’s basketball program, if the allegations are true, then we should simply disband that program for a few years and start over in, say, 2025.

  • CORTEZ THE KILLER

    ” Bride case ” ? Atta boy Scotty !!!!!!!

    • 88 Straight

      He’s married to the story.

  • Yale O. Leftwich

    OK, what actual law did he break, an IRS one? for not reporting income? Recommending someone ,can’t be against the law.How does SC benefit? and facilitating? what does that mean exactly? to parents who had some previous deal? Most thinking people may want a little more than that. At least it is not some bogus title 9 that requires no evidence.

    • 88 Straight

      Stay tuned. This may not even effect SC, except for replacing an assistant coach. This is from the FBI, not the NCAA. The rats haven’t even started to turn on each other yet.

      Louisville may be in the most trouble.

    • Sas

      Dan Patrick said it’s called “funneling” money and the FBI won’t shy away from this.

      • CORTEZ THE KILLER

        The FBI will be all over this and will not let it go, just like the state of Florida with the Florida football players.

      • David Keeling

        Happens in many industries, but here are a few: In music it is called PAYOLA. In insurance, it is called REBATE. Back in the 30s/40s in liquor, it was called PROTECTION against having your neck broken.These and other examples were caught as illegal in tempting the client to manipulate unfairly.

        • Sas

          It sounds like some rat squealed and the feds weren’t happy that they weren’t getting any cut or “payoff”

        • marvgoux1

          Like in the Godfather movies.

    • CrouchingBruin

      The LA Times has a PDF copy of the complaint. I didn’t read through the whole document, but some of the charges in which he is named include. Count One: Conspiracy to Commit Bribery, Count Four: Solicitation Of Bribes and Gratuities By An Agent Of A Federally Funded Organization, Count Six: Conspiracy to Commit Honest Services Fraud, Count Ten: Wire Fraud Conspiracy, Count Eleven: Travel Act Conspiracy, etc.

    • Pac12 fan

      FBI will be more relentless than the NCAA. They just notified the NCAA yesterday about this whole thing

    • Trogan Fan

      NCAA is already in LA, looking into this. SC’s still on probation and the rumor is that this may give the school the death penalty in all sports.

      • steveg

        Rumor??

  • hoohoolianFUCLA

    Will the NCAA dock the football team 30 more scholarships, 2 bowl bans and vacate the last 13 wins? (Yes, I know this is a basketball thing, but why would THAT matter to the NCAA?)

    • marvgoux1

      Only if we pull another Garrett. This time give them Enfield and self impose 3 year probation.

  • Brutus Beefcake

    Classic Reggie-Bush style Payola case!!

    Sc has always been a freaking joke in basketball, so its no surprise they went the Reggie Pay-for-play method of recruiting!

    after getting busted for passing envelopes of cash to OJ and Reggie, it is the estimation of the Cadre that sanctions will be brutal and immediate!!!

    and pencil-neck Enfield thought he was playing with the big boys this year…….HAWR-HAWR!!!!

    #Can’tWaitToHearSanctions

    • 04Trojan

      Please allow me to be the first to welcome you back. Been a rough couple weeks for the baby blues…Secondly, that same “pencil-neck” seems to have ucla’s number in a sport they wish to be known for. Sad.

      • Gabby

        Cakes was down in Mexico, working around the clock repairing the broken sanitation systems…a true hero

        • Brutus Beefcake

          i think you have me confused with Darnold’s pappy,

          #akaRotoRooter

          • Gabby

            Hey idiot, he’s a plumber and you’re a master custodian, no confusion

          • Brutus Beefcake

            so when your crapper is broken, who do you call?? a Neurosurgeon? that would be Chosen Rosen’s daddy!

            everyone else calls a plumber! like Mr Roto Rooter Darnold!!!

            #HavePlungerWillTravel

          • Gabby

            Hey look, a squirrel!

      • Brutus Beefcake

        thanks, having SC busted by the Feds does help soften the blow of two bungled foosball games.

        • Jethro G Sabbath

          How very predictable that you’d try to sneak back here and pretend those two football games didn’t happen. Be careful about the basketball accusations before we find out everyone involved.

          • Brutus Beefcake

            they named all the parties involved in a press conference. Alford is as straight as an Indiana arrow.

            SC has a history blotched with cheating and payola.

            #OJMayo
            #Reggie
            #McNair

        • Pasadena Trojan

          Brute, it was the assistant coach and not USC. Now you can get back to your coloring book and wearing your yellow hat.

          • Brutus Beefcake

            ummmmm….i think the school gets blamed for the conduct of the coaches…SC has strict liability for the transgressions of their Representatives .

            #OhItsTrue

          • fast fred

            ck your rules—the head coach is liable for the program–no matter what is done!

    • Gabby

      What happened at Five Guys last night? There was fart-art everywhere, stalls 3 and 4.. With you and owns being dedicated custodians, the situation was quickly cleaned up, nice. I hope Five Guys showed their appreciation and offered free meals. We all know you and owns have a limited football IQ, but when it comes to restroom maintenance you guys are geniuses

      CLEAN ON!

  • Rob

    Ya’ll know I hate all things southern cal with a passion but this is bullcr@p! Feds need to investigate NCAA!! Not programs!

    #freestudentathletes

    • marvgoux1

      Call him Bobby Blue Bland now.

  • Rock2112

    A radio reporter this morning quoted the indictment that a number of schools besides the four named ones are involved, and it is going to go up to some “Hall of Fame” coaches. He called it a “nuclear bomb on college basketball” as a whole. So you UCLA hacks better pucker up and hold back your barbs for now. This is the tip of the iceberg. Every once in a while, whether it is Reggie Bush, Josh Fuchs, or this Fed sting (likely initiated by someone who flipped to save his own hide), someone finds a reason to lift the rock and show us what is going on underneath. The bad guys do their time (or not) while we calmly set the rock down and pretend everything is fine. It is high time to bring paying players into the light of day or this will be a constant fight everywhere.

    • 88 Straight

      Can you spell P I T I N O? Perhaps B O E H E I M, where Bland used to work?

      I said it multiple times this morning, tip of the iceberg. SC hasn’t been very significant in basketball. I’d be surprised if there was anything beyond Bland. But, the FBI has subpoena power and can investigate much more than the NCAA can.

    • Brutus Beefcake

      us Bruins can cast all the stones we want, we live in a house of shatter-proof plexiglass…

      #CleanAsAWhistle

      • Gabby

        Hey cakes, do they make shatter-proof plexiglass urinals?

        • Brutus Beefcake

          ask Darnold’s old man.

          #HavePlungerWillTravel

      • Jethro G Sabbath

        You may want to quickly rebuild that house out of Lexan. Plexiglass shatters quite easily.

      • Pasadena Trojan

        It will go all the way back to Johnny Cheetin’ Wooden and Same Gilbert.

        • fast fred

          That’s all you got? same old rant on Wooden– get some new stuff and you might be relevant!!!

          • Jack B

            little gutties like you are forbidden from talking about “relevance.”

            ucla football was last relevant 20 years ago. What a crap program you little gutties have. I loved watching STAN pole axe you get again for #10 in a row.

            Think you bruins will make a bowl this year? Will you have to file a special petition? Hah, hah, hah. Hang 58!

    • Trogan Fan

      Unfortunately, UCLA hasn’t had a HOF-level coach in several decades.

  • Brutus Beefcake

    BTW, wolfman, kudos on your SWEEET SCOOOOOOP!!!

    you scooped the mighty LAT and ESPN with this blockbuster!!!

    poor ‘ol Swaney had to hear it from the wolfman!! what a crusher!!

    sounds like the Feds have an IRONCLAD case on the trOXans, complete with Video and audio!!!!

    #CaughtOnTape

    • SCgrad12

      Hey dipstick, Yahoo broke the story at 6 A.M. when you and Wolf were asleep in your Superman pajamas, in your bunk beds. One more thing, it was an Addidas rep, and UCLA was an Addidas school until this year.

      • Gabby

        The sewer gases are killing this guys brain cells

      • Brutus Beefcake

        how’d you know about my pajamas?

        #UnderRoos

    • Gabby

      soliciting fake news…..sounds like you

  • Paul Muad’dib

    Yeah, what is FBI doing investing college basketball? I’m sure there’s much bigger fish to fry. Maybe start with the NCAA if they’re concerned about college athletics so much.

  • Paul Muad’dib

    Wasn’t this the assistant coach that Wolf was praising and giving all credit to for USC’s recent basketball success?

    • marvgoux1

      No wonder we were getting so good.

  • USC Heisman 7

    The scoop was shared on ROT this am at 7.. Its not 4, its 10 and Ucla is actually is part of the FBI probe.. So be careful of the finger pointing.. The probe does not involve USC, it involves Bands previous employer over 3 years ago!.

    • 88 Straight

      You don’t know if the probe involves USC or not. You don’t know if it involves UCLA or not. All the schools mentioned are Nike schools and this seems to be about Adidas. The unraveling of this is just starting.

      • USC Heisman 7

        Yes I do, I spoke to someone at USC .. USC is not involved!.. They did share Ucla is about to get hit.

        • 88 Straight

          I’m sure if there’s inside info, you’d be the guy that knows.

        • CORTEZ THE KILLER

          It says he was videotaped at a restaurant near USC, if that’s true, USC is involved.

          • USC Heisman 7

            You do know it was a 5 year recruiting sting.. USC is not involved.

          • Pasadena Trojan

            just because he was at USC when the arrest took place does not mean USC was involved. They just mentioned the location.

          • CORTEZ THE KILLER

            You’re not that naive

          • USC Heisman 7

            How is that possible..

      • Gabby

        Go see Nguyen….thanks

        have a nice day!

    • Clare Quilty

      Wrong. Read the indictment.

    • marvgoux1

      What happened to f uucla’s football program going on probation?

      • USC Heisman 7

        Still investigating I guess still early..

  • CORTEZ THE KILLER

    Goodbye Tony

    • marvgoux1

      Goodbye Andy?

  • Trojans 6942

    I keep reading, how this doesn’t effect USC. I’m missing something funneling money to parents of recently committed recruits, hmm, sounds like trouble to me.

    • steveg

      From a shoe company thru an assistant to the players (or family)

  • CORTEZ THE KILLER

    Just wait until the rats start talking, this is going to get even bigger

  • David Keeling

    If this is wide spread and has been going on in one way or another for some 30-40 years as reported by ESPN, this is just the beginning. I always thought what Sonny Vacarro had started, would lead to something more down the road. It could touch just about any school depending on the coaches involved. Sorry it had to happen at USC. They have the right attitude in cooperation.

  • Pac12 fan

    Bland could get up to 20 yrs in prison

    • CORTEZ THE KILLER

      Unless he talks

    • Jack B

      Ya sure. You obviously rolled off the carrot truck in your sleep yesterday little gutty. Do you just try to be dumb and still live with your parents? What a total idiot. Hah, hah, hah.

      • Pac12 fan

        Actually his sentence could be up to 20 yrs according to all reporting ESPNs Jay Bilas and other sports networks as well. Its not going to be good

        • Jack B

          There’s a gullible sucker born every minute and you’re one of ’em. 20 yrs? You’re a total pota*rd. Good luck with your 20 yr punishment BS.

          I’ve got some old used shoes for you that I’ll sell you for $1,200. Would you please consider buying them? Please let me know soon. I already have numerous bids.

    • marvgoux1

      What if he goes state’s evidence and points his finger at the head coach?

  • Brutus Beefcake

    who bailed Bland out of the can, wolfman???

    Todd McNair?

    #SoDirty

  • Isaiahdolan

    Here comes trouble.

  • Jack B

    It’s back to square one for USC hoops. Bye bye positive buzz.

    You can’t make this stuff up. Everybody’s doing it but USC got caught. I’d be surprised if Enfield is allowed to stick. Can he possibly pull a Pitino (I knew nothing!) and get away with it?

    Big test for Swann here. I think he’ll do the right thing, though I have no idea what that is right now.

    • marvgoux1

      Yes cut our losses and enjoy football! You know they used to always say the programs that get caught are the ones who rise up suddenly from mediocrity.

  • MB

    If the guy caught doing something wrong, then go ahead and punish him. But please please please spare the moral indignation. This is an organization that, along with the schools, makes BILLIONS a year off of amateur athletes. Whatever they cover in scholarship money etc is repaid 1000-fold by successfull sports programs especially football and basketball. The NBA kept the 1-year rule for college just so they wouldn’t get cut out of this money. If Bland got caught with his hand in the cookie jar, so be it, dumb move on his part, and it looks like he is gonig to pay for it. But man do I hate this phony indignation, especially when it comes from the NCAA and ESPN.