Timeline details Creighton's involvement in college basketball's corruption case

Brian Bowen, right, attends the Jays' top-10 showdown against Villanova with his father, Brian Bowen Sr.

This timeline of events details Creighton's recruitment of Brian Bowen and its involvement in the federal indictment of aspiring sports agent Christian Dawkins.

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Feb. 9, 2016: Brian Bowen attends Creighton's upset of No. 5 Xavier in Omaha.

Nov. 11, 2016: Bowen takes an official visit to Creighton.

Dec. 31, 2016: Bowen and his La Lumiere (Indiana) Prep team are in the stands for the Jays' top-10 showdown against Villanova.

March 2017: After the Jays' 2016-17 season ends, Justin Patton interviews three sports agents in coach Greg McDermott's office. One of them: Andy Miller with ASM Sports — a firm that employs Christian Dawkins. Patton declares for the NBA draft April 5, and signs with ASM.

April 2017: Creighton remains a strong contender to land Bowen. Some think CU is the leader, but more college teams are starting to reach out to the five-star prospect.

May 2017: ASM Sports reportedly fires Dawkins, who was accused of using a credit card issued to NBA player Elfrid Payton for the payment of $42,000 worth of Uber rides during a two-year period.

May 8 to June 22, 2017: There were nine calls between Dawkins and McDermott, according to an ESPN report published in 2018.

May 4 to July 3, 2017: There were 59 calls between Dawkins and Creighton assistant Preston Murphy, according to the same ESPN report.

June 19, 2017: The FBI opens a wiretap on Dawkins' phone. It would remain active until Sept. 25, 2017.

June 22, 2017: Patton is selected 16th overall in the NBA draft. Despite reportedly getting fired from ASM Sports in May, Dawkins attends the draft in Brooklyn with Miller, who represents Patton.

July 28, 2017: An unnamed assistant apparently on the Creighton men's basketball staff received a $6,000 bribe from an aspiring sports agent in exchange for influence over players, according to a federal court indictment. The indictment was filed Thursday. 

Sept. 26, 2017: The FBI announces the arrest of Dawkins and nine others for their roles in a corruption scheme. The recruitment of Bowen, apparently influenced by Dawkins behind the scenes, proved to play a central role in the case.

Sept. 28, 2017: It's reported that Patton and several other clients have fired ASM. Federal officials raided the offices of Miller and ASM Sports, seizing documents and computers.

Sept. 29, 2017: Creighton opens preseason practice. McDermott says the FBI has not contacted CU and he doesn't expect the Jays to be implicated in the scandal. McDermott said he's hopeful the college game will benefit from the FBI probe, which is likely to prompt comprehensive reform.

October 2017: The NCAA advises schools to conduct a thorough review of their basketball programs. Creighton's compliance staff does, while also receiving guidelines from the Big East to help frame its internal investigation. CU players and coaches are interviewed one-on-one. Documents and phone records are evaluated.

November 2017: Rev. Daniel Hendrickson, Creighton president, obtains a full report detailing the results of CU's internal investigation. Hendrickson, CU Athletic Director Bruce Rasmussen and other university officials say they are confident that Creighton didn't violate NCAA rules.

Feb. 23, 2018: A Yahoo Sports report is published that reveals portions of Dawkins' expense reports. As part of the story, Patton is named as a player who may have taken a free meal from Dawkins — though it was unclear if that alleged dinner occurred before or after Patton declared for the draft. McDermott said he's certain no agent-related rules were broken.

Oct. 4, 2018: Bowen's father takes the stand in a New York federal courtroom as part of the college basketball bribery case. Brian Bowen Sr. alleges that Dawkins claimed to have a deal in place with Murphy — $100,000 and a job if Bowen committed to CU. Creighton also launches an investigation.

Oct. 5, 2018: Rasmussen asks for "patience" as the university reviews the case. His statement also denies any wrongdoing by Creighton's coaches.

Oct. 6, 2018: McDermott says he's never knowingly broken NCAA rules and he wouldn't let a staff member do so, either. CU practices for the first time since Bowen Sr. made his claims. Murphy is on hand for the workout but declines to comment.

Oct. 9, 2018: Hendrickson reveals the university has retained the services of a law firm that specializes in NCAA compliance issues. No evidence has been found to suggest NCAA rules were broken, but the school is taking the claims very seriously and its investigation remains open, Hendrickson said. Bowen Sr. returns to the witness stand in New York and again alleges Dawkins arranged a deal with CU to buy his son's commitment.

Oct. 25, 2018: Dawkins, Adidas employee James Gatto and Adidas consultant Merl Code are found guilty on felony wire fraud charges.

Feb. 25, 2019: Yahoo Sports reports that Arizona coach Sean Miller and LSU coach Will Wade will be subpoenaed to testify in a second bribery trial. Dawkins and Code are the defendants in a case set to begin April 22.

March 7, 2019: Creighton is thought to be one of the two universities named in the latest federal indictment.

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