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Instead of paying players to go to Miami and Louisville, he kept the money, so the FBI let him go

Instead of paying players to go to Miami and Louisville, he kept the money, so the FBI let him go

When federal prosecutors announced last September the arrests of 10 men as part of an FBI investigation into the college basketball black market, one of the central figures was Brad Augustine, an Orlando, Florida-area youth basketball program director accused of negotiating deals to steer his best players to preferred colleges, for a price.

Augustine agreed to send one player to Louisville, prosecutors alleged in a criminal complaint, after an undercover FBI agent handed him an envelope full of cash meant for the player's mother. Augustine helped broker a deal to send another player to Miami, as long as an Adidas executive agreed to pay the player's family $150,000, according to...

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