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TCU responds to ex-agent’s ‘cheaters’ claim, says it’s committed to ‘highest’ standards

In this March 5, 2019, file photo, Christian Dawkins arrives at federal court in New York. A prosecutor says greed led a fledgling manager of basketball players to bribe college coaches, but defense lawyers say it was all an FBI setup.
In this March 5, 2019, file photo, Christian Dawkins arrives at federal court in New York. A prosecutor says greed led a fledgling manager of basketball players to bribe college coaches, but defense lawyers say it was all an FBI setup. AP

TCU men’s basketball finds itself in the middle of the FBI college basketball corruption case once again.

Former sports agent Christian Dawkins, who has been found guilty of a pay-for-play scheme, was heard on wiretaps, according to CBS Sports, saying of the TCU basketball staff: “They’re all cheaters, his whole (expletive) staff.”

TCU responded to the program being linked to the corruption case, saying it holds employees to the “highest ethical and professional standards.” The school mentioned its termination of former assistant Corey Barker after he had been linked to the FBI case for allegedly receiving a $6,000 bribery payment.

The statement is as follows:

“Texas Christian University conducted an internal review once it learned of Corey Barker’s alleged involvement in this scheme. As a result of this review, Barker’s employment at TCU ended March 11, 2019. TCU is committed to the highest ethical and professional standards of conduct, and our employees understand they must live by those standards. Out of respect for the ongoing judicial process, we have no additional comment.”

Dawkins’ remarks reportedly were made in July 2017 in Las Vegas, where he allegedly paid Barker to steer players toward his agency.

Barker was fired by the university when he refused to cooperate with an internal investigation.

The wiretaps played Thursday, according to CBS Sports, link Barker receiving payment from Dawkins for his connections with Jarred Vanderbilt, who played at Kentucky and is now with the Denver Nuggets.

Thursday’s revelations have not led TCU to place any additional basketball staff members on leave. But the school is still conducting an “internal inquiry” into the men’s basketball program, which began when Barker was first linked to the FBI case.

“From the moment we learned of the allegations against Corey Barker, we began an internal inquiry into his potential involvement and its impact on our program, which is ongoing,” the school said.

TCU went 23-14 last season, falling to Texas in the NIT semifinals.

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