FBI’s college basketball sting claims another victim as former NCAA assistant director of enforcement and current Alabama employee resigns

Thursday, September 28, 2017
By Paul Martin

Alabama basketball administrator Kobie Baker resigns amid FBI’s NCAA sting
Baker resigned Wednesday evening after internal review of basketball program
He reportedly admitted during a meeting with Alabama officials on Wednesday to being ‘Staff Member 1’ in the FBI complaint
Complaint says during series of meetings Staff Member 1 received at least $25K
Baker resigned shortly after Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino was fired
Seven college programs have been linked to a fraud and corruption investigation
Some of the most explosive allegations appear to involve Louisville, which already is on NCAA probation over a sex scandal
One player- believed to be Brian Bowen – has been suspended indefinitely
Louisville recruits Anfernee Simons and Courtney Ramey have decomitted

By Valerie Edwards and Emily Crane
28 September 2017

Alabama basketball administrator Kobie Baker, a former NCAA enforcement staffer, has become the latest person to resign amid the FBI’s college basketball sting.

Athletic director Greg Byrne said in a statement the decision followed an internal review of the basketball program resulting from a wave of arrests in a federal bribery probe.

‘Our review has not identified any NCAA or SEC rules violations nor the involvement of any other coach or staff member,’ Byrne said.

‘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.’

An athletic department spokeswoman declined to elaborate on the reason for Baker’s resignation.

Baker reportedly admitted during a meeting with Alabama officials on Wednesday to being ‘Staff Member 1’ in the FBI complaint, according to AL.com.

According to the FBI complaint, Rashan Michel, who was arrested Tuesday, arranged a meeting with a confidential witness (CW-1) and someone referred to as ‘Staff Member 1’ on or around May 3.

At that time, CW-1 paid $5,000 to Staff Member 1 and $2,000 to Michel.

It’s alleged that between May and August 31, Staff Member 1 received at least $25,000 from CW-1.

During one meeting, which CW-1 recorded, CW-1 asked Staff Member 1 if he had the ability to influence players at his school to retain CW-1’s services as an advisor, which he said he did.

At the end of August, Staff Member 1 is accused of introducing the father of a star athlete to CW-1 in an effort to begin influencing the father to push his son to hire CW-1 upon turning pro.

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