FBI agents throughout the country are interviewing athletic o
NEW YORK (AP) _ FBI agents throughout the country are interviewing athletic officials and delivering subpoenas to campuses in connection with a Chicago grand jury investigation of two sports agents, the New York Times reported Wednesday.
The investigation reportedly centers on agents Norby Walters and Lloyd Bloom, partners in a New York talent agency, and their athletic clients.
The Times said financial-aid statements and other records have been demanded from Michigan, Ohio State, Illinois, Purdue, Michigan State and Iowa of the Big 10; Alabama, Auburn, Florida and Kentucky of the Southeastern Conference; and Texas, Southern Methodist and Texas Christian of the Southwest Conference.
Bob Devaney, athletic director at Nebraska, described a visit from an agent of the FBI’s Lincoln, Neb., office that was similar to those reported recently by other athletic officials.
″He just said that Walters had been giving money to the players before they had completed their college careers and that they wanted to get him, to gather evidence to make prosecution possible,″ Devaney told the newspaper.
Alabama recently suspended Derrick McKey, the team’s top basketball player, after it was notified by the local FBI that McKey had signed an agreement with Walters. McKey was ruled ineligible for his senior season for violating NCAA rules and applied for the National Basketball Association’s draft.
The Atlanta Constitution recently reported that athletes appearing before the grand jury were threatened with up to a year in jail on fraud and tax evasion charges.
Some 60 players from as many as 28 colleges are expected to be subpoenaed.