Preston Murphy

Preston Murphy has been an assistant at Creighton since 2015, but he was placed on leave last month because of his connection to the college basketball bribery scandal.

A federal indictment filed seven weeks ago accused Creighton assistant Preston Murphy of receiving a $6,000 bribe during a 2017 meeting in a Las Vegas hotel room.

And Thursday, video of that exchange was shown in court.

According to reporters covering the college basketball bribery trial, Murphy — wearing a Creighton shirt — was seated on a couch when he took an envelope and put it in his pocket.

The indictment stated an undercover FBI agent handed Murphy the money in the envelope. Marty Blazer, a former financial adviser who’s now a government witness, was in the room with Murphy during that meeting — as was defendant Christian Dawkins, the aspiring agent who hoped to start his own agency.

And according to reporters, Blazer was on the witness stand Thursday as that video played in the New York City courtroom.

Blazer reportedly testified that Murphy received $6,000. The alleged scheme was to pay college coaches so they would use their influence to steer college players with NBA potential to Dawkins’ new sports agency.

Murphy isn’t the only one accused of taking a bribe, and he hasn’t been charged with a crime.

But NCAA rules state that athletic department employees are not allowed to receive benefits for “facilitating or arranging a meeting between a student-athlete and an agent, financial adviser or a representative of an agent.”

There are also unethical conduct statutes in the NCAA bylaws.

Murphy was placed on administrative leave March 8, one day after the indictment was released.

But now more details are being revealed. It’s the second straight day Murphy was mentioned during this high-profile corruption trial where Dawkins and former Adidas employee Merl Code are facing bribery charges.

And Creighton is not the only school implicated.

Christian Dawkins

Christian Dawkins is accused of paying college basketball coaches so they would steer players to his aspiring sports agency.

According to reporters on the scene Thursday, several videos of multiple 2017 Las Vegas hotel room meetings were shown in court.

Those images reportedly captured former USC coach Tony Bland receiving $13,000, former Oklahoma State assistant Lamont Evans receiving $4,500 and former TCU assistant Corey Barker receiving $6,000.

Former Arizona assistant Book Richardson, Bland and Evans have already pleaded guilty to one felony count of conspiring to commit bribery. Barker was not charged.

Dawkins and his partners reportedly met with assistants from UConn, Texas A&M, Alabama, Clemson and Arizona State during their July 2017 trip to Las Vegas. Those coaches were not offered bribes, but were willing to help in the future, according to reporters in court Thursday.

There also were recordings played Thursday of conversations with Dawkins, Code and others where they suggested that all of the sport’s major programs are breaking rules.

Evidence showed an AAU coach received $11,700 on behalf of Louisville to try to lure a recruit to the Cardinals, according to CBS Sports’ Matt Norlander.

Multiple reporters tweeted about an instance where Dawkins, Blazer and an undercover FBI agent stuffed $11,000 in a shoe and mailed it to the father of then-Texas A&M player Robert Williams.

On one video, Bland reportedly discussed a plan to pay then-recruit Marvin Bagley, who ended up at Duke.

Another recording showed Clemson assistant Steve Smith talking about a scheme to pay then-recruit Zion Williamson, who also eventually played at Duke.

The trial will continue Friday. It’s expected to last at least another week.

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