Former Penn State guard D.J. Newbill is among the 25 players named in Yahoo! Sports' latest report on the FBI's investigation into agents Andy Miller, Christian Dawkins, and ASM Sports. The documents obtained by Pat Forde and Pete Thamel show expense reports and balance sheets that list Newbill, a client of ASM Sports' Stephen Pina out of college, receiving a $2,000 loan payment in the calendar year of 2015.
The All-Big Ten guard completed his senior season in State College in March of 2015. An additional expense document has "paying back July 2017" under Newbill's name, with "3000" handwritten in the margins. The date of this second document is unclear. Newbill has been playing basketball overseas since the 2015-16 season, unable to latch on to an NBA roster since his graduation from Penn State in the spring of 2015.
The list of players and figures implicated in Yahoo's report is wide-ranging. This includes recent one-and-done stars — Washington's Markelle Fultz (the document shows Fultz received a loan in the amount of $10,000), Maryland's Diamond Stone ($14,303), and NC State's Dennis Smith ($43,500) — and former NBA players Brendan Haywood ($351.17), Carlos Delfino ($71.39), and Jared Jeffries ($4,827.77), all of whom were out of the NBA by 2015.
The exact nature or timing of these loan payments remains unknown. Specifically as it relates to Newbill, it is unclear whether he received the loan before or after his eligibility was exhausted (Penn State's final game in 2015 was against Purdue at the Big Ten Tournament on March 13, 2015).
It is worth noting that no coaches were included in this edition of reporting, including Penn State's Patrick Chambers, who was asked about the report during his media availability on Friday.
Chambers declines to comment on DJ Newbill being listed in the latest Yahoo! Sports report on the FBI's investigation into college hoops. His name was on an ASM expense report for receiving a $2,000 loan.— Andrew Callahan (@ACallahan_247) February 23, 2018
"Until we know more, I'm not going to comment on it."
Based on this, as well as the unclear timing of the documented loan payment, it is unknown whether anything illegal or untoward took place with regards to Newbill. Additionally, it is unclear if Penn State had any involvement or knowledge of the situation that could land them in hot water with the NCAA.
Mark Emmert responded to the report in a press release:
“These allegations, if true, point to systematic failures that must be fixed and fixed now if we want college sports in America. Simply put, people who engage in this kind of behavior have no place in college sports. They are an affront to all those who play by the rules. Following the Southern District of New York's indictments last year, the NCAA Board of Governors and I formed the independent Commission on College Basketball, chaired by Condoleezza Rice, to provide recommendations on how to clean up the sport. With these latest allegations, it's clear this work is more important now than ever. The Board and I are completely committed to making transformational changes to the game and ensuring all involved in college basketball do so with integrity. We also will continue to cooperate with the efforts of federal prosecutors to identify and punish the unscrupulous parties seeking to exploit the system through criminal acts.”
As long as "transformational changes" do not involve a redefining of amateurism, well, good luck with that one Mark.