On Thursday, the college basketball corruption trial featuring former agent Christian Dawkins and Adidas employees Jim Gattor and Merl Code featured an allegation made by Brian Bowen Sr., the father of former top recruit Brian “Tugs” Bowen II, that former Texas Longhorns assistant Mike Morrell offered to “help with housing” for Bowen Sr.
The allegation was arguably the least bombastic claim made by Bowen Sr. during the trial — Arizona supposedly offered $50,000, Oklahoma State supposedly offered $150,000 and $8,000 for a car, and Creighton supposedly offered $100,000 and a “good job” — but could have violated NCAA rules.
On Friday, Texas athletics director Chris Del Conte released a statement regarding the school’s investigation into Bowen’s testimony:
“In response to the NCAA Board of Governors memo last year charging institutions to examine their men’s basketball programs for possible rules violations, our compliance office conducted a review and did not find any information that substantiates the recent testimony at the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of New York. We will monitor the information from the court proceedings and continue to cooperate fully should there be any requests from the NCAA.”
So, at least for now, it appears that head coach Shaka Smart’s program doesn’t have any exposure to related to the ongoing corruption trial and overall scandal that could have serious consequences for multiple other programs.