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Ex-USC coach Tony Bland is reportedly returning to college basketball with Washington following a bribery conviction

Tony Bland avoided jail time but faced a significant NCAA penalty for his role in a major scandal. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/MediaNews Group/Pasadena Star-News via Getty Images)

Tony Bland returns to college basketball.

New Washington head coach Danny Sprinkle is expected to hire Bland as an assistant coach Jeff Goodman of Field of 68five years after Bland pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery in connection with the cheating scandal that rocked college basketball.

Bland served a three-year show-cause penalty, essentially a ban from the sport, and has reportedly spent time since then as a head coach at St. Bernard High School in Los Angeles, as an AAU coach and as a working troubled youth in Area. .

Before all that, Bland was an assistant coach at USC and one of 10 people initially arrested and charged in a scandal that nearly engulfed college basketball, involving a litany of bribery allegations, mostly targeting coaches and employees associated with Adidas and its schools. In Bland’s case, he was accused of accepting $13,000 from so-called sports agent Christian Dawkins and financial planner Munish Sood in exchange for encouraging NBA-bound USC players to their company.

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Bland was also accused of sending payments of $4,000 and $5,000 to the families of two different USC players. He managed to avoid jail time by pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery in 2019. Instead, he was given two years of probation and 100 hours of community service.

Between a significant amount of character testimony and no prior criminal record despite a rough childhood in Los Angeles, Bland won over judge Edgardo Ramos:

Ramos made sure to note that every day he sees “young men of color in this courtroom, unable to overcome these backgrounds. … I am morally certain that I will not see Mr. Bland again, at least not in this courtroom. courtroom.”

Aside from the federal charges, Bland spent four years coaching at USC and before that three years at San Diego State. He played as a player at both Syracuse and San Diego State.

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