Hoops Trial Jury Asks If Schools Can Be 'Willfully Ignorant'

By Zachary Zagger (May 6, 2019, 8:07 PM EDT) -- A New York federal jury deliberating charges against two men that they bribed assistant college basketball coaches on Monday asked the court whether a university can be defrauded if it was "willfully ignorant" of alleged illicit payments, a question that cuts to the heart of the government's NCAA corruption theory.

Jurors asked U.S. District Judge Egardo Ramos whether a university can be deprived of the honest services of a coach if the school was "willfully ignorant" after deliberating for 2 1/2 hours Monday afternoon after defense attorneys wrapped their closing arguments.

The question goes to two of the charges against former...

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