LSU athletic director Joe Alleva said Friday the school has not been contacted by federal, NCAA or Southeastern Conference officials regarding a federal investigation into impermissible payments to current and former college basketball players.
The investigation, detailed in a report released earlier Friday by Yahoo! Sports, includes the names of two former LSU players, Tim Quarterman and Jarell Martin.
Documents and bank records obtained by Yahoo! Sports detail expenditures from former NBA agent Andy Miller and Christian Dawkins, a former associate of Miller's ASM Sports agency, to at least two dozen players or their relatives.
A photograph of one balance sheet, with a subheading that reads "Loans to Players," shows monetary sums allegedly given to players as of Dec. 31, 2015.
Quarterman is listed as having received $16,000 while an LSU junior during the 2015-16 season. Martin was listed on a photo of the balance sheet with a loan of $52,472.52. It is unclear whether his loan was issued while he was still a college athlete or after he turned pro following the 2014-15 season.
“Today’s media reports are deeply disappointing to all of us who are fans of college basketball,” Alleva said in a statement released by LSU. “While LSU has not been contacted by federal, league or NCAA officials, we can confirm a proactive and voluntary examination of current coaches and players was conducted by compliance officials and outside legal counsel in the Fall of 2017.
“That examination found the program in full compliance with NCAA, SEC and University rules and regulations. LSU will continue to monitor basketball and other athletic programs for NCAA and SEC rules compliance.”
While some prominent current college basketball players, such as Alabama's Collin Sexton and Michigan State's Miles Bridges, were mentioned in the report, no current LSU players were included.
Contacted before LSU released Alleva's statement, first-year coach Will Wade declined comment as his Tigers prepared for Saturday's game at Georgia. Wade spoke on the topic at SEC basketball media days in October in Nashville, Tennessee, saying at the time the school hadn't been contacted by the FBI for its investigation.
“Whatever happened happened, but I don’t think anybody knew they were breaking federal laws and the federal government was going to get involved," Wade said then. “Anytime there’s a negative, I always try to flip it into a positive and now you hope maybe it changes the structure … and it changes the way we do things in college basketball in terms of the recruiting model so we don’t get in this situation again.”
Former LSU coach Johnny Jones, now the associate head coach at Nevada, told The Advocate in a statement that he had no knowledge of the allegations outlined in the Yahoo! Sports story.
Quarterman and Martin played under Jones, who was fired in March.
"I have no knowledge or information in regards to this matter that we've all read about in the press," Jones wrote in a text, "and because of that I will have no further comment."
Jones later Quarterman played for LSU from 2013-16 and in the NBA in 2016-17 for the Portland Trail Blazers. On a website for his agent, Aaron Turner, Quarterman is listed as playing for Jiangsu Nangang, a professional team in China.
“I don’t know this agent and never had a relationship with him or his associates," Jones added later Friday in a statement released by Nevada.
Turner also is listed as the agent for another former LSU player, Antonio Blakeney, who is with the G-League’s Windy City Bulls, an affiliate of the Chicago Bulls.
Regarding the allegation involving Quarterman, Turner, president of basketball for Versus Management Team, said in a text, “I have zero clue about it. Not really something worth my time or asking him about (be)cause spending most of my time with him trying to get his life back on track.”
Quarterman was arrested in January after allegedly ramming a law enforcement officer's vehicle during a chase in Mississippi.
Former LSU basketball standout Tim Quarterman was arrested Monday after allegedly leading a pursuit and assaulting Mississippi state troopers,…
Martin, who played for LSU from 2013-15, is a member of the Memphis Grizzlies.
NCAA president Mark Emmert, LSU's chancellor from 1999-2004, issued a statement Friday pointing out that the NCAA formed an independent commission last year when the initial indictments in this scandal were handed down. However, Emmert added, clearly more work needs to be done.
"These allegations, if true, point to systematic failures that must be fixed and fixed now if we want college sports in America," Emmert said. "Simply put, people who engage in this kind of behavior have no place in college sports. They are an affront to all those who play by the rules.”
Advocate correspondent Brandon Adam contributed to this report.