Virginia men’s basketball appears in FBI investigation

Coach Tony Bennett responds to allegations against mother of former player

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Former Virginia men's basketball star Malcolm Brogdon appeared in the Yahoo report published Friday. 

Richard Dizon | Cavalier Daily

On Friday, Yahoo! Sports published documents from the FBI’s investigation into corruption in college basketball. The reports listed various schools — including Virginia — as possibly being involved in actions that aren’t compliant with NCAA rules.

The Cavaliers’ name appeared on the lists of schools that had players or families that met with Christian Dawkins, who is a sports agent that is alleged to have played a large role in conspiring with others and arranging illegal payments to assistant coaches. The appearance of Virginia’s name was linked specifically to former Virginia basketball star Malcolm Brogdon. Dawkins claimed to have met with Brogdon’s mother, Jann Adams, at the Ritz Carlton on March 14, 2016. 

According to the expense report listed, there is a $64.16 check that was allegedly for a meal shared between Adams and Dawkins. Adams has told The Daily Progress that she has no recollection of this meeting happening.  

“I don’t believe that I’ve ever done anything like that,” Adams told The Daily Progress

Virginia Coach Tony Bennett made a statement about the situation in a press conference Saturday after the Cavaliers beat Pittsburgh. 

“It's so hard to know what's true and what's not,” Bennett said. “And I think ultimately from this – I'm hopeful that the truth will come out and in the long run it will be better for college basketball.” 

“[The report referred to] something with Malcolm Brogdon's mother, who I've known for eight years,” Bennett added. “And she has maybe the most integrity and is one of the kindest ladies that I know. She made a statement, and this is a non-story. I absolutely believe her and I just want to make it clear that that's it on that.”

Bennett finished his statement by saying he doesn’t wish to further discuss the matter, but he’s hopeful that good will come out of this scandal.  

“We're trying to get this thing going, and keep going,” Bennett said. “It's a special day for us to win our outright ACC Championship. But, I do want to acknowledge this. It's so hard to know what's going on … I think it's wise to not make too many comments or go into detail, but I hope in the long run the truth does come out. College basketball will be in a stronger place eventually, and it has to."

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