Creighton assistant men's basketball coach Preston Murphy has been placed on administrative leave. Creighton University made the announcement on Friday, after Thursday's release of a federal indictment, which linked a $6,000 bribe to a Creighton assistant coach.
Creighton’s Athletic Director Bruce Rasmussen issued a statement tonight: “Assistant men’s basketball coach Preston Murphy has been placed on administrative leave pending an internal review. We fully intend to cooperate with authorities but will not comment further on the continuing investigation given our policy of not discussing personnel matters.”
The father of a top college basketball prospect has testified that his son was offered thousands of dollars to play at several major programs including Creighton.
Brian Bowen Sr. testified last fall at a federal trial in New York that aspiring agent Christian Dawkins told him he could get $50,000 to play at the University of Arizona, $150,000 to go to Oklahoma State or $100,000 to go to Creighton. He said there was interest from Oregon but he didn't recall a cash offer.
Bowen was testifying at the New York City trial of Dawkins and two other defendants accused of making secret payments to recruits' families.
Prosecutors say Bowen's son ended up signing with Louisville after a deal was struck to pay the family $100,000.
Brian Bowen Jr. now plays professionally in Australia.
During testimony in a federal court case, a claim was made that Creighton University allegedly offered money and a job in exchange for a prospective student-athlete's commitment to attend Creighton.
In 2017, when information regarding allegations of improper recruiting practices nationwide were first announced, Creighton conducted a thorough review of its men's basketball program. University officials took the claim very seriously and continued to work with the appropriate agencies as needed. To date, the Creighton University Athletics compliance office has not been contacted by the FBI or the NCAA.