Testimony in the ongoing series of trials and hearings regarding corruption in NCAA basketball continued on Tuesday, and took a significantly different path, with key FBI witness Marty Blazer, a Pittsburgh-area financial advisor at the center of the case, testifying that not only did he participate in schemes to pay prospective college basketball players, but to football players, as well.
Blazer testified that from 2000-14, he paid different amounts, from several hundred to several thousand dollars to players at Alabama, Michigan, North Carolina, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Pitt and Penn State.
Today from the college basketball bribery trial government witness Marty Blazer said between 2010-14 he paid from several hundred to several thousand dollars to FOOTBALL players from:
— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) April 23, 2019
According to Matt Norlander of CBS Sports, Blazer’s payments were typically to secure his services as the players’ financial advisor after their professional careers began, though he did specifically admit to paying the father of Penn State defensive end Aaron Maybin $10,000 to attempt to get him to remain in college instead of declaring for the NFL Draft in 2009.
Blazer did not give any specifics as to the individual player or players at Pitt that he gave compensation to.
Blazer said he would pay college football players anywhere from $100 to $3,000 per month from 2000-2013/14, usually by cash, sometimes by Western Union. He would send Western Union to friend, family member or girlfriend, he testified.
— Matt Norlander (@MattNorlander) April 23, 2019
The Tribune-Review reported in May of 2016 that former Pitt running back Kevan Barlow filed a complaint against Blazer, seeking damages of $16 million, that was settled in 2012. Blazer, through his Blazer Capital firm, was representing Barlow’s financial interests as an NFL player. Barlow played at Pitt from 1997 to 2000.
Pitt had several head coaches from 2000 to 2014, including the end of Walt Harris’ tenure and all of Dave Wannstedt’s, Todd Graham’s and Paul Chryst’s time in Pittsburgh. Pat Narduzzi took over as head coach at the end of December 2014.
A Pitt athletics spokesperson declined to comment on the issue. Blazer’s testimony is expected to continue Wednesday.
This story has been updated.