NEW YORK (AP) – Federal prosecutors say at least three top high school basketball players were promised payments of as much as $150,000 to attend two colleges that were sponsored by Adidas.
The criminal complaints filed with the court didn’t name the schools but contained details that identified them as the University of Louisville and the University of Miami.
Investigators said some coaches at those schools encouraged those payments. No one from the schools was charged.
They say the payments were orchestrated by an Adidas executive and business advisers who hoped to work with the players after they turned professional.
Louisville interim President Gregory Postel issued a statement calling the case a “serious concern” and pledging cooperation with any law enforcement or NCAA investigation.
A University of Miami spokesman says it couldn’t comment.