Yahoo! Sports published a widely-encompassing report Friday alleging that numerous players received payments from an agent including players with connections to Clemson and South Carolina.
Former South Carolina guard PJ Dozier allegedly received $6,115 in payments from the agency ASM Sports during his two years with the Gamecocks, while the report also alleges former Clemson forward Jaron Blossomgame receiving a $1,100 in a payment from ASM via Venmo, a mobile money-sharing application.
Current USC redshirting freshman Brian Bowen was also implicated in the report, which alleges he has received at least $7,000 in benefits including flights and meals along with a previously-reported six-figure payment to Bowen’s father in exchange for his son’s attendance at Louisville. USC is attempting to put Bowen’s eligibility under review by the NCAA, with hopes he can play by next Winter.
The broad reach of this report stretches far beyond the Palmetto State, with programs such as Duke, Kansas, Alabama, Michigan State and at least a dozen other schools mentioned to have players who allegedly received benefits impermissible by NCAA bylaws.
It is unclear if, or when the NCAA will act on these allegations.
Statement from USC Athletic Director Ray Tanner:
“We first learned of the allegations in the Yahoo Sports report last night, and remain committed to cooperating with the NCAA and the DOJ.”
Statement from Clemson Athletic Director Dan Radakovich:
“Clemson was made aware of an issue regarding a former student-athlete through this morning’s media reports. We received no inquiries or prior notice from anyone, and we’re in the process of reviewing the matter.”
Statement from Clemson Basketball Coach Brad Brownell:
“I’ve been in college basketball for over 25 years and I’ve always tried to conduct myself within the rules and have held my staff and players to the same standard. Because I do not have any personal knowledge about the current investigation, I won’t comment or speculate about that matter. We’ll cooperate with any agency looking into the issue if they contact us.
Statement from NCAA President Mark Emmert:
“These allegations, if true, point to systematic failures that must be fixed and fixed now if we want college sports in America. Simply put, people who engage in this kind of behavior have no place in college sports. They are an affront to all those who play by the rules. Following the Southern District of New York’s indictments last year, the NCAA Board of Governors and I formed the independent Commission on College Basketball, chaired by Condoleezza Rice, to provide recommendations on how to clean up the sport. With these latest allegations, it’s clear this work is more important now than ever. The Board and I are completely committed to making transformational changes to the game and ensuring all involved in college basketball do so with integrity. We also will continue to cooperate with the efforts of federal prosecutors to identify and punish the unscrupulous parties seeking to exploit the system through criminal acts.”
South Carolina Basketball Coach Frank Martin declined comment through a USC Athletics spokesperson.