UPDATE (4:54 p.m): According to Wetzel, TCU assistant coach Corey Barker allegedly received a payment of $6,000 from Dawkins in July of 2017, in exchange for Barker steering certain student athletes to Dawkins’ company, once they entered the NBA.
Currently, just two players fall into that category. Creighton’s Khyri Thomas and TCU’s Kenrich Williams. Williams’ agent is Adam Pensack, who is not connected to Dawkins or Dawkins’ company.
Some bad news seems to be on the horizon, as Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! Sports is reporting that TCU is one of two new schools linked to the college basketball corruption probe.
He tweeted this out on Thursday afternoon, and followed it with a series of tweets that narrowed things down to assistant coach Corey Barker.
In a superseding indictment filed this afternoon, federal prosecutors allege Christian Dawkins paid bribes to unnamed assistant coaches at schools located in Nebraska and Texas.— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) March 7, 2019
Sources say the two schools are Creighton and TCU— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) March 7, 2019
In the court filing, US attorney says "no new charges" have been filed. The assistant coaches at those schools are thus unlikely to be charged with crimes the way previous assistant coaches were.— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) March 7, 2019
Sources say the two assistant coaches involved are Preston Murphy at Creighton and Corey Barker at TCU.— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) March 7, 2019
Barker is in his third season as an assistant coach at TCU, joining the Frogs’ staff when Jamie Dixon was hired as head coach. Previously Barker served as an assistant coach at Louisiana Tech for a season, prior to which he was an assistant at Bowling Green for a year.
Barker being linked to Christian Dawkins is definitely a bad thing for TCU basketball. Dawkins was sentenced to six months in prison earlier this week, after being found guilty of making illegal payments to players and families on behalf of coaches at various universities.
According to Wetzel, no new charges have been filed, meaning that Barker is unlikely to be charged with a crime the way previous assistants have been.
This is a developing story, and will be updated when we know more.