USC has fired associate head coach Tony Bland in the aftermath of his arrest last fall in the college basketball bribery and corruption probe, his attorney told The Times. Jeffrey Lichtman, Bland's New York-based attorney, said USC cut ties with the coach last week. Lichtman said the school cited the federal charges as the reason. "We're disappointed, obviously, as Tony enjoys the presumption of innocence in court but not with his employer," Lichtman told The Times on Thursday. "However, USC certainly treated him better than the other universities treated their indicted coaches and, for that, Tony is extremely grateful. He appreciates his time at USC and sends his best wishes to everyone including the administration, coaching staff and the players." The school placed Bland on administrative leave hours after FBI agents arrested him in September. Assistant coaches at Arizona, Auburn and Oklahoma State were among 10 people arrested. The three other assistants — Lamont Evans, Chuck Person and Book Richardson — have also been fired.
Southern California fires assistant coach Tony Bland in connection with FBI probe
Los Angeles Times | Jan 25