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Creighton Athletic Director Bruce Rasmussen has no comment after assistant coach named in FBI probe

Posted at 9:52 PM, Mar 07, 2019

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Creighton basketball assistant coach Preston Murphy was named in a indictment related to former Adidas consultant Merl Code and business manager Christian Dawkins.

According to a report by ESPN, "the new allegations allege that Code arranged for Creighton assistant coach Preston Murphy... to meet with Dawkins and others in a Las Vegas hotel room on July 28, 2017. During those meetings, the government alleges, Barker and Murphy discussed players they could influence and accepted $6,000 in bribes to steer their players toward Dawkins' new agency."

In the indictment, prosecutors identify what is assumed to be Murphy as Coach-1 from a school in Nebraska.

Athletic Director Bruce Rasmussen issued this statement Wednesday evening regarding Murphy:

"University officials will not have a comment regarding the matter until we receive additional information."

Code and Dawkins have already been sentenced to six months in a federal minimum-security prison in a separate federal criminal case

In October, Brian Bowen Sr., the father of a top recruit said coach Murphy offered him a lucrative job in addition to the money. His son, Brian Bowen Jr., ultimately selected Louisville, who is also accused of paying him. An FBI investigation into Bowen's recruitment lead to the firing of head coach Rick Pitino.

As 3 News Now previously reported, an ESPN Outside the Lines report also showed there were at nine calls between Dawkins and a phone number belonging to Creighton coach Greg McDermott between May 3 and July 2, 2017.