TCU basketball assistant linked to FBI corruption case; AD conducting ‘internal review’

TCU’s Jamie Dixon did not see the losing streak coming

TCU basketball coach Jamie Dixon reacts to his team losing six of seven games, and putting its NCAA Tourney hopes in doubt.
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TCU basketball coach Jamie Dixon reacts to his team losing six of seven games, and putting its NCAA Tourney hopes in doubt.

TCU basketball has found itself linked to the FBI corruption case that has rocked the college basketball world.

The federal government filed a superseding indictment Thursday in the Southern District of New York, alleging a TCU assistant coach received bribes from Christian Dawkins, who was sentenced to six months in prison and found guilty of conspiracy to commit wire fraud for funneling illegal payments to families of recruits earlier this week.

The TCU assistant, according to reports, is Corey Barker. Yahoo Sports’ Dan Wetzel said “no new charges” have been filed against Barker, or another assistant linked in the indictment, Creighton’s Preston Murphy.

TCU athletics director Jeremiah Donati issued the following statement, saying the department has been conducting an “internal review” --

“TCU recently received a subpoena, a court order from the Southern District of New York, requiring us to provide specific employment records related to one of our staff members. After receiving the subpoena, we began gathering the responsive information and conducting an internal review.

“We learned this afternoon of the superseding indictment filed in the same matter, and we are evaluating how it impacts our review. Out of respect for the ongoing judicial process, we have no additional comment.”

TCU has not made any staff changes.

Barker has been on Dixon’s staff since he took over the head coaching job for the 2016-17 season. Barker joined TCU after serving one season as an assistant at Louisiana Tech.

The FBI investigation has focused mostly on Adidas-sponsored schools. TCU is a longtime affiliate of Nike.

But this allegation centers on Barker allegedly receiving $6,000 from Dawkins to steer certain players to Dawkins’ sports management agency.

In an alleged phone conversation, Barker and Dawkins discussed arranging a meeting between a TCU player likely to be drafted in the NBA Draft and Dawkins.

Barker allegedly told Dawkins that signing the player as a client would be a “layup.”

The TCU player has not been identified.

Dixon said before the season that he has been following the FBI trial, but from afar. At the time, TCU was not linked to it.

“I just read the articles that come out and what quotes come out and what statements come out,” Dixon said in October. “I think it is what it is. I don’t know what will come of it. I don’t think anybody knows what’s still going to come out of it.

“But it’s not good to have college basketball and FBI in the same sentence. Nobody wants their name involved with the FBI.

“There’s always been rumors about the shoe companies and how things play out. We’re not seeing those things unless you’re a part of it, so rumors are rumors.”

TCU (18-12, 6-11 Big 12) closes its season at Texas on Saturday. The Frogs are trying to secure a berth in the NCAA tournament.

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Drew Davison is the TCU and Big 12 sports writer for the Star-Telegram. He’s covered everything in DFW from Rangers to Cowboys to motor sports.