Jury selection begins in second trial over NCAA recruitment

How much UA’s men’s basketball program will be mentioned at this trial is now uncertain

Jury selection begins in second trial over NCAA recruitment
In this Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, file photo, former amateur basketball league director Merl Code arrives at federal court, in New York. Code and two co-defendants were convicted Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, of committing fraud by plying families of college basketball prospects with cash so the prospects would attend colleges sponsored by Adidas. (Source: Mark Lennihan | The Associated Press)

NEW YORK (AP) — Jury selection has begun in the trial of an aspiring agent and a former amateur coach charged with bribing big-school coaches to boost their business relationship with amateur basketball players.

The trial of business manager Christian Dawkins and ex-amateur league director Merl Code began Monday in Manhattan federal court.

Testimony in a trial projected to last two weeks will surround bribes paid to an assistant coach at the University of South Carolina and later Oklahoma State University, an assistant coach at the University of Arizona and an assistant coach at the University of Southern California.

Those now ex-coaches have pleaded guilty to charges and await sentencing.

Judge Edgardo Ramos told prospective jurors that the scandal also affected Creighton University and Texas Christian University.

Code and Dawkins have pleaded not guilty.