Former USD Assistant Basketball Coach Sentenced

By Sarah Grieco
|  Thursday, Apr 4, 2013  |  Updated 5:55 PM PDT
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Former USD Athletes, Coach Tied to Bribery Sting

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Who Are the USD Scandal Suspects?

New details were revealed Tuesday about several defendants accused of bribing players, fixing games and distributing drugs.

Former USD Athletes, Coach Tied to Bribery Sting

10 defendants allegedly conspired to bribe basketball players to alter the outcome of games so the defendants could profit by betting on games at Las Vegas casinos, according to the indictment.
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A former University of San Diego assistant basketball coach convicted of bribing a University of San Diego basketball player was sentenced to one year in prison and three years supervised release on Thursday morning.

The 34-year-old Thaddeus "T.J." Brown's role in the USD bribery case became public in a 29-page document filed by federal prosecutors in 2011. The crimes affected the 2009 to 2010 season.

The FBI secretly taped phone conversations that revealed former player Brandon Johnson said he would have been willing to throw every game, and that he didn’t take a shot in one game because it would have cost him $1,000.

The wiretapped telephone calls reveal a dangerous exchange between Johnson, Brown and the alleged go-between with the bettors.

Last month, Johnson was sentenced to 6 months in federal prison. Ten defendants total were involved in the case.

Eight of the 10 defendants pleaded guilty to bribing Johnson to fix USD games, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

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