Financial adviser testifies he paid Notre Dame and Northwestern football players

Fans pour into the bleachers for Michigan's Spring Game at Michigan Stadium Saturday April 13 2019 in Ann Arbor

Fans pour into the bleachers for Michigan's Spring Game at Michigan Stadium Saturday April 13 2019 in Ann Arbor

On Tuesday, Blazer testified that he'd been paying football players at Alabama, Notre Dame, Michigan, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Northwestern and North Carolina from 2000 up to 2014, according to the sports news website.

The ongoing college basketball corruption trial in NY turned to college football on Tuesday, with a former financial advisor saying he paid players at several different schools.

Blazer said the payments ranged from $100 to $3,000 per month and were delivered in cash, sometimes by Western Union, to a player's friend, girlfriend or family member.

As an example, Blazer testified that in 2009 he paid $10,000 to the father of a Penn State player that went on to be drafted 11th overall in the 2009 NFL Draft.

Prosecutors say the defendants teamed up with undercover Federal Bureau of Investigation agents and a corrupt financial adviser to decide which college coaches should get money to steer players their way.

Blazer's time range of payments at Penn State includes the tenure of head coach Joe Paterno.

Blazer did not directly name Ohio State associate head coach Larry Johnson - who was a defensive line coach for the Nittany Lions during that time - but that he is the only person who was on the staff at the time that fits the description.

The player, Blazer testified, chose to turn pro anyway and was the No. 11 overall pick that year.

At the meeting, Blazer testified the assistant asked him to provide $10,000 to the player's father to take some financial stress out of the decision.

"Why is it that something like that comes out and nobody says anything to me?"

Johnson denied the allegations when contacted by Wetzel, stating that the claims are "not accurate at all".

Louis Martin Blazer, who previously pleaded guilty to federal charges after getting accused in 2016 by the SEC and the U.S. Attorney's Office of misappropriating funds from the National Football League players, is also a cooperating witness in the ongoing investigation of bribery in college basketball, CBS Sports writes.

During the testimony Blazer did say he never paid a college football coach. Without more specifics, it's hard to speculate, but it's unlikely this is the last we've heard of this story.

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