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How Collin Sexton’s Eligibility Connects to the FBI Investigations of College Basketball

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UPDATE: Breath easy, Bama fans. 

Alabama officials declared freshman point guard Collin Sexton ineligible after they determined he was identified in September’s federal report, ESPN’s Jeff Goodman reported on Tuesday.

It has been six weeks since the FBI released documents from its investigation into bribery and corruption in college basketball. Teams such as Louisville, Miami, Auburn and many others were immediately impacted by the findings due to team representatives being named.

Kobie Baker, former associate athletics director at Alabama, admitted to the University’s administration that he was a part of the investigation. According to the federal complaint, Baker accepted bribes from former NBA referee Rashan Michel and a “cooperating witness” to influence Tide players to sign with a certain financial adviser if they turned pro. The indictment alleges that the father of the unidentified player (Sexton) also met with Michel and Baker in Atlanta.

A federal grand jury indicted Michel on multiple federal charges on Tuesday in New York as a continuation of the FBI’s probe into college basketball. Baker resigned his position with Alabama soon after these reports came out.

According to Goodman’s source, Sexton’s eligibility may also be in jeopardy because of his relationship with former AAU coach Christian Dawkins. Dawkins, who was arrested in connection with a separate FBI complaint, was said to have a role in Sexton’s recruitment.

After ESPN’s report on Tuesday, it seems as if that unidentified player is certainly Collin Sexton. While this may have already been assumed by some, it is now something that cannot be overlooked.

“Today we received some different information,” head coach Avery Johnson said after Monday’s exhibition. “We addressed it and talked to the NCAA about it.”

Johnson’s comments on Monday night inclined that the program found out that Sexton was the unidentified player in the report. The team then took it to the NCAA and sat Sexton for the exhibition game just to be on the safe side. Coach Johnson continued by saying that Sexton was not under investigation.

“We will continue to cooperate with the NCAA,” Johnson said on Monday. “We’re going to work on a resolution that results in Collin’s timely reinstatement.”

Caleb Turrentine is the editor for Bama Hoops Hype. You can follow him on Twitter for in-game updates at @CalebTurrentine.

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