Three coaches arrested in college basketball scandal appear in court

Five men at the center of the ongoing college basketball scandal -- Auburn assistant Chuck Person, USC assistant Tony Bland, Arizona assistant Book Richardson, Adidas executive Merl Code and clothing company owner Rashan Michel -- appeared in a New York courtroom Tuesday afternoon and were released on $100,000 bonds.

Next up is their Nov. 9 preliminary hearings.

The college basketball season starts Nov. 10.

All five men -- plus five others -- were arrested last month after an FBI investigation uncovered various crimes that Joon H. Kim, the acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, described this way: "Coaches at some of the nation's top programs [were] taking cash bribes, managers and advisers [were] circling blue-chip prospects like coyotes, and employees of a global sportswear company [were] funneling cash to families of high school recruits." Most famously, the scandal has already led to Louisville placing athletic director Tom Jurich, men's basketball coach Rick Pitino and assistants Kenny Johnson and Jordan Fair on leave. More arrests are expected, sources have told CBS Sports.

Person, Bland and Richardson are each accused of accepting money from outside influences and using at least some of it to provide impermissible benefits to players or prospects. Code is accused of helping funnel money to a prospect's family. Michel is accused of providing money to Person in exchange for Person steering Auburn players to him once they turn pro.

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