Former Clemson player implicated in fraud scandal

Former Clemson player implicated in fraud scandal

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Former Clemson player implicated in fraud scandal

Former Clemson basketball player Merl Code, who played for the Tigers from 1993-’97, is one of the 10 people arrested Tuesday on charges of fraud and corruption in college basketball. Four of the 10 people arrested are coaches.

According to the Washington Post, Code is accused of working alongside Jim Gatto, the head of sports marketing at Adidas, to pay recruits to sign with Adidas-sponsored schools and then sign with Adidas once they turned professional.

WYFF in Greenville, S.C., reported Code went before a federal judge in Greenville Tuesday morning and the judge issued and released him on a signature $100,000 bond.

Code played on three NCAA Tournament basketball teams during his time at Clemson. He was a two-year starter for the Tigers and was part of a Clemson team in 1996-’97 that was ranked as high as No. 2 in the country and finished the season ranked No. 8 in the country by USA TODAY. That year, the Tigers advanced to the Sweet 16.

In his final season, Code averaged 10.9 points per game and was an 80.7 percent free throw shooter.

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