Trial expected to explore ‘underbelly’ of college basketball

NEW YORK (AP) — What some call the sleezy side of college basketball recruiting will be on display at a criminal trial starting Monday in New York.

The trial features an aspiring sports agent, an Amateur Athletic Union coach and an Adidas executive. They’ve pleaded not guilty and their lawyers say the charges are a stretch.

Other defendants, including former assistant coaches from Arizona, Auburn, the University of Southern California and Oklahoma State, face separate trials.

Prosecutors say the Manhattan federal court trial will expose “the dark underbelly of college basketball.”

The corruption scandal already has brought down a coaching legend, Rick Pitino of Louisville. It also embarrassed sportswear giant Adidas and showed how high school players were pawns for profiteers violating NCAA regulations.

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