KU not contacted by FBI, indicted exec not in Adidas-KU deals

Jon Kirby, Publisher- Football Editor
Jayhawk Slant


The college basketball world got a big shock this morning when the FBI announced several arrests stemming from payments and kickbacks to land recruits.

During the press conference they announced 10 people have been indicted or arrested including assistant coaches from Arizona, Auburn, Oklahoma State and USC.

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Among those named was Jim Gatto, an executive at Adidas.

Last Friday Kansas athletics director Sheahon Zenger announced he signed a 14-year deal with Adidas worth $191 million. That payout puts the Jayhawks among one of the top five apparel contracts in the country and one of the top two with Adidas.

This afternoon Jim Marchiony, the Associate Athletic Director of Public Affairs at Kansas confirmed to Jayhawk Slant they have not been contacted by any of the authorities involved with running the investigation.

[Related: Zenger negotiates one of top apparel deals with Adidas]

Marchiony also said Gatto wasn’t part of working the past or current deal with Adidas and KU.

In the report from the FBI today was findings that Gatto, a financial planner, and an agent were funneling $100,000 to a recruit not named.

The FBI said the investigation is ongoing and they are still conducting interviews.

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