Former University of Alabama assistant men’s basketball coach Yasir Rosemond was included in one group of assistant coaches identified in federal court Thursday as having met with agent runner Christian Dawkins and Marty Blazer, according to testimony from Blazer.
CBS Sports reporter Matt Norlander, who is covering the trial of Dawkins in New York federal court, quoted Blazer as saying Rosemond met with Dawkins, Blazer and undercover agents working for the FBI in July 2017.
Rosemond was named by Blazer among a group of coaches from Arizona State (Anthony Coleman), Clemson (Steve Smith), UConn (Raphael Chillious) and Texas A&M (Amir Abdur-Rahim) who met with Dawkins, Blazer and undercover agents, but (per Norlander’s Twitter posts from the trial) they “didn’t receive $ (money) b/c they weren’t consider worthy enough yet, i.e. they didn’t have pull w/ prospects.”
According to Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports, who is also covering the trial, Rosemond was videotaped at a meeting in Las Vegas telling Dawkins and Blazer “whatever you need me to do, I’ll do it,” in terms of recruiting resources. Rosemond did not receive any money at the meeting, per Wetzel’s report.
Rosemond was hired by Avery Johnson as an assistant coach in May 2017. He was not retained on the staff by current head coach Nate Oats, who was hired last month.
In September 2017, Alabama accepted the resignation of assistant athletics director Kobie Baker for involvement with an agent runner attempting to develop a relationship with former Crimson Tide basketball player Collin Sexton. However, Alabama’s internal investigation at the time did not implicate Rosemond, who remained on the UA staff for two seasons.
“Following yesterday’s reports from New York regarding a Federal investigation of intercollegiate athletics, The University of Alabama Department of Athletics immediately initiated an internal review of our men’s basketball operations,” Alabama athletics director Greg Byrne said in the September 2017 statement. “As a result, we have accepted the resignation effective today of Kobie Baker, a men’s basketball administrator. Our review has not identified any NCAA or SEC rules violations nor the involvement of any other coach or staff member. We have notified both of the governing bodies of the actions we have taken. As always, we will continue to be proactive in our compliance efforts.”
Blazer is testifying in the trial of business manager Dawkins and ex-amateur league director Merl Code, the second of three scheduled trials in an FBI operation aimed at what prosecutors describe as “a widespread bribery scheme” in which financial advisers and business managers allegedly paid assistant coaches and athletes’ families to deliver players to major schools.
Blazer has previously pleaded guilty to two counts of wire fraud, one count of securities fraud, one count of lying to the Securities and Exchange Commision and one count of identity theft. He is now cooperating with the government’s investigation into college basketball recruiting and bribery practices in hopes it will mitigate a potential prison sentence that could be as long as 67 years.
Among those coaches named by Blazer as having received money were assistant coaches at Southern California, Louisville, Creighton, TCU and Oklahoma State. Blazer’s testimony about those payments was supported by video and wiretaps evidence, per the report.
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