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Major university conducts internal investigation relating to DOJ probe into corruption and fraud in Division I men's college basketball

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Jones Day has been retained by a major university to conduct an independent investigation relating to a Department of Justice probe into corruption and fraud in Division I men’s college basketball, as well as to assist the university in its responses to the Justice Department probe and a related NCAA investigation. Ten individuals including coaches, Adidas executives, an AAU program director, an agent, and a financial advisor were indicted for their alleged involvement in making payments to high school recruits and their families in exchange for commitments to play basketball at Adidas-sponsored universities. The Justice Department probe, which is ongoing, involves several criminal matters pending in the Southern District of New York. The NCAA enforcement staff’s investigation, which also is ongoing, involves potential rule violations by university coaches. In addition, pursuant to an NCAA Board of Governors directive, Jones Day assisted the university in its review of the men’s basketball program and conducted interviews to recertify the eligibility of student-athletes prior to the 2017-18 season.