Chuck Person to plead guilty for role in NCAA basketball corruption scandal


Ex-NBA star Chuck “The Rifleman” Connors Person, one of the coaches caught up in one of the largest corruption scandals to hit college basketball, will plead guilty to guilty to a conspiracy charge for his role in a scheme to steer players to agents and advisers in exchange for bribes.

Person, who was drafted by the Indiana Pacers in 1986, had been scheduled to go to trial later this year on charges that he took about $91,500 in bribes to refer players to a financial adviser. He recently worked as associate head coach at Auburn.

According to a letter that federal prosecutors filed on Friday, with March Madness just days away, Person is scheduled to appear before a judge on Tuesday to change his plea.

The other four coaches indicted as part of the scandal are Emanuel “Book” Richardson, assistant coach at Arizona; Tony Bland, University of Southern California assistant coach, and Lamont Evans of Oklahoma State University.

Also indicted were James Gatto, former director of global sports marketing for basketball at Adidas; Merl Code, a sports consultant, and Christian Dawkins, a former sports agent.

Earlier this month, Gatto was sentenced to nine months in prison while Code and Dawkins each received six-month sentences.