The NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions on Tuesday placed TCU's men's basketball program on three years of probation and issued a five-year show-cause order for a former Horned Frogs assistant coach who was accused of accepting $6,000 during an undercover FBI sting.
TCU fired former assistant Corey Barker in March 2019, after he was accused of meeting with aspiring business manager Christian Dawkins and others in a Las Vegas hotel room in July 2017. The federal government alleged that Barker accepted the money to steer TCU players toward Dawkins' fledgling sports management business.
"Government recordings -- which were evidence in federal court and included in the infractions case record -- show that during that meeting, the coach touted his relationships with certain student-athletes and prospects who had NBA potential, giving the impression that he could steer those players to the management company when they turned professional," the NCAA ruling said. "During that meeting, the agent associate discussed monthly payments for the assistant coach, and at the conclusion of the meeting, the assistant coach accepted $6,000."
Dawkins testified during a federal criminal trial that Barker returned the money to him shortly after the Las Vegas meeting. Barker was never charged with a crime.
The NCAA ruling said Barker also facilitated a phone call between Dawkins and a student-athlete's father and another meeting with a different player. Barker told Dawkins that the meeting would be "a layup for you," according to the NCAA.