TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama basketball coach Avery Johnson expressed confidence in the compliance staff when speaking to reporters for the first time since a staff resigned.
Last month, former Alabama associate athletic director for men’s basketball Kobie Baker resigned following an internal investigation. Baker oversaw all areas of men’s basketball administration.
The announcement came one day after four assistant basketball coaches, including Auburn’s Chuck Person, were arrested by the FBI amid allegations of corruption and bribery.
“Obviously we had an unfortunate situation with one of our staff members that led to his resignation,” Johnson said Thursday. “But I’m confident in our compliance department, the athletic department and just our administration in doing things in a first-class manner with a lot of integrity. We have been proactive throughout this process with all of the different proper authorities, and when I have more information on it, I’ll share it with you guys.
“I think I’ve tried to be forthcoming and transparent since I’ve been here, and I want to that to continue. But as of right now, I don’t have any other updates on that situation.”
Johnson added that the internal review is ongoing.
Alabama’s investigation concluded that Baker was involved in a meeting with advisor Rashan Michel. The FBI complaint does not name Baker, just as “Staff Member-1.”
At the meeting, the complaint stated that Michel was given $ 10,000 to give to “Staff Member-1.” Also involved in the meeting was the “father of a highly regarded incoming freshman” from the Atlanta area, assumed to be Collin Sexton, who signed with Alabama as a part of the Tide’s highly-rated 2017 class.
Sexton practiced with Alabama on Thursday during an open viewing period.
“We don’t have any eligibility concerns at the moment unless somebody notifies us in the future about something,” Johnson said. “But right now all of our players are eligible to play.”
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