Tennessee basketball coach Rick Barnes has said that he and his staff had nothing to do with any alleged payments made to any players they recruited while at the University of Texas.
A report from Yahoo! Sports’ Pat Forde and Pete Thamel Friday morning named more than two dozen college basketball players who allegedly received impermissible payments and benefits from agents either before or during their college careers.
According to a report from 247Sports’ Wes Rucker, Barnes stated that any potential payments to those players occurred after he left to become the coach at Tennessee.
#Vols’ Rick Barnes on two players he recruited at Texas being named in the Yahoo FBI story: I haven’t read the report, but I was told those two guys were paid after we left (for Tennessee). That’s all I know.
— Wes Rucker (@wesrucker247) February 23, 2018
The two Longhorns players named in the report are current player Eric Davis and former player Prince Ibeh. Davis is alleged to have received $1,500 from ASM Sports agency, while Ibeh reportedly met with and or received meals from Christian Dawkins, an associate with ASM.
Barnes coached at Texas from 1998-2015. Ibeh played with the Longhorns for four seasons from 2012-16, the first three of which came under Barnes. Davis is in his third year in Austin and has not played under Barnes.
Barnes would have recruited both players.
But based on what Barnes said according to Rucker, here’s what the timeline would look like: Any payment to Ibeh would have come during his senior year in the 2015-16 season — Texas’ first without Barnes and Ibeh’s last collegiate season before the NBA draft. Davis would have been paid after enrolling at Texas, by which time Barnes had been fired.
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