The Arizona Wildcats are not on trial in New York, but the program keeps getting brought up in testimony during a federal basketball corruption case that began Monday.
Brian Bowen Sr., the father of a recruit who was at the center of an FBI bribery investigation involving college basketball programs and apparel companies, testified Thursday that Arizona was among a handful of schools that offered money, housing assistance or jobs in exchange for Brian ‘Tugs’ Bowen to go to school there.
The offers were allegedly coordinated by Christian Dawkins, a business manager who is one of three people on trial for federal wire fraud charges.
Brian Bowen Sr. Said Christian Dawkins told him:— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) October 4, 2018
--Arizona offered $50,000
--Ok State $150K cash plus $8 for a car plus $ for a house
--Texas wd help with housing
--Creighton $100,000 'and a lucrative job'
--On Oregon, he said "I don't recall" a financial offer. https://t.co/9JfV4k9BsJ
Bowen eventually signed with Louisville in 2017 but never played there, later transferring to South Carolina before ultimately turning pro.
Bowen said Arizona was Tugs' favorite school but that w/ both Allonzo Trier and Rawle Alkins on the roster "there would've been a logjam & it would'be been tough for him to get minutes there."— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) October 4, 2018
HE said he never talked money or the $100,000 w/ Rick Pitino after picking Louisville. https://t.co/Rc5xGzBlx4
This is the second time Arizona has been specifically mentioned in the trial. On Monday the attorney for defendant Jim Gatto, a former Adidas executive, said Arizona was willing to pay $150,000 for 5-star forward Nassir Little. Little ended up signing with North Carolina.