Miles Bridges: Cleared to play following Michigan State investigation

Angelo Anderson
February 24, 2018

Documents include expense reports, cash advances, and entertainment and travel expenses for high school and college prospects, along with their families, through the agency ASM Sports.

This comes on the same day a Yahoo report revealed federal documents and bank records obtained by the FBI during the years-long probe into the underworld of college basketball. There's potential impermissible benefits and preferential treatment for players and families of players at Duke, North Carolina, Texas, Kentucky, Michigan State, USC, Alabama and a host of other schools. In a report released by Yahoo Sports on Friday, documents showed that Bridges' mother, Cynthia, received roughly $470 from Christian Dawkins, an associate of former National Basketball Association agent Andy Miller.

Per Forde and Thamel, Dawkins' expense accounts show he provided Bridges' mother with "hundreds of dollars in advances".

Bridges' eligibility came into question following a Friday morning report from Yahoo! about an expense report obtained by the Federal Bureau of Investigation from Christian Dawkins.

When asked for comment, MSU Athletic Communications deferred to Friday's statements by head coach Tom Izzo and interim athletic director Bill Beekman. While small amounts, these could be categorized as extra benefits under NCAA rules.

The documents tie some of the biggest names and programs in the sport to activity that appears to violate the NCAA's amateurism rules. He committed to MSU on October 3, 2015, with his mother and sister by his side at Mott Community College in his hometown Flint. Simply put, people who engage in this kind of behavior have no place in college sports. Will they continue to play him and take a chance that he won't be deemed ineligible later?

The NCAA released a statement Friday morning following the report, saying they will cooperate with federal prosecutors to identify and punish the unscrupulous parties. The Board and I are completely committed to making transformational changes to the game and ensuring all involved in college basketball do so with integrity.

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