Jury selection starts at college basketball corruption trial

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NEW YORK (AP) - The Latest on the trial in a college basketball recruiting scandal (all times local):

12:40 p.m.

A jury is being chosen at a New York trial that's drawing attention to what some call the sleazy side of college basketball recruiting.

Jury selection started on Monday at the trial of an aspiring sports agent, an Amateur Athletic Union coach and an Adidas executive.

All have pleaded not guilty. Their lawyers say the charges are a stretch.

U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan has told a group of 50 prospective jurors that opening statements are likely to begin Tuesday.

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

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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6:30 a.m.

What some call the sleazy 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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