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USC’s Dozier, Bowen, Clemson’s Blossomgame took money, according to Yahoo report

Yahoo Sports dropped its bombshell report on documents obtained in the federal investigation of college basketball on Friday morning.

A pair of South Carolina players and a former Clemson player were mentioned: former USC star P.J. Dozier and current USC player Brian Bowen and former Clemson star Jaron Blossomgame.

“Former South Carolina player P.J. Dozier received at least $6,115 while in school, according to the documents,” the report says.

Bowen’s family is mentioned as receiving “at least $7,000 in benefits.” Reports of a six-figure agreement with Bowen’s father for him to go to Louisville had already been public.

“We first learned of the allegations in the Yahoo Sports report last night, and remain committed to cooperating with the NCAA and the DOJ,” South Carolina Athletics Director Ray Tanner said Friday in a statement.

Blossomgame was reportedly sent $1,100 by the mobile payment vendor Venmo.

“Clemson was made aware of an issue regarding a former student-athlete through this morning’s media reports,” Athletics Director Dan Radakovich said in a statement. “We received no inquiries or prior notice from anyone, and we’re in the process of reviewing the matter.”

Added Clemson basketball coach Brad Brownell: “I’ve been in college basketball for over 25 years and I’ve always tried to conduct myself within the rules and have held my staff and players to the same standard. Because I do not have any personal knowledge about the current investigation, I won’t comment or speculate about that matter. We’ll cooperate with any agency looking into the issue if they contact us.”

The documents are part of a trove of records and spreadsheets kept by prominent former NBA agent Andy Miller, who is at the center of the FBI probe that saw several coaches arrested, including former USC assistant Lamont Evans.

Bowen is currently sitting out a transfer year and waiting on an NCAA decision following his departure from Louisville. Dozier is splitting time between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the G-League.

Dozier attended USC’s game against Auburn this past Saturday and was among players presented with Final Four rings.

Blossomgame is with the San Antonio Spurs G-League team.

NCAA president Mark Emmert released the following statement in response to the Yahoo report: “These allegations, if true, point to systematic failures that must be fixed and fixed now if we want college sports in America. Simply put, people who engage in this kind of behavior have no place in college sports. They are an affront to all those who play by the rules.

“Following the Southern District of New York’s indictments last year, the NCAA Board of Governors and I formed the independent Commission on College Basketball, chaired by Condoleezza Rice, to provide recommendations on how to clean up the sport. With these latest allegations, it’s clear this work is more important now than ever. 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.

“We also will continue to cooperate with the efforts of federal prosecutors to identify and punish the unscrupulous parties seeking to exploit the system through criminal acts.”

Current or former SEC players listed in the report include LSU’s Tim Quarterman, Kentucky’s Bam Adebayo, Alabama’s Collin Sexton, Kentucky’s Kevin Knox and Vanderbilt’s Wade Baldwin.

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