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Roy Williams says he's unfamiliar with world portrayed at college basketball trial

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (WNCN/AP) - North Carolina men's head basketball coach Roy Williams told the media Tuesday he has never had a shoe company ask him for anything. 

Williams said he is unfamiliar with the world being portrayed at the college basketball corruption trial currently going on in New York. 

"In 30 years as a head coach nobody's ever asked me for money," Williams said. 

The coach's comments on UNC basketball's media day ahead of the 2018-18 season. 

Williams was adamant during his press conference that he has never done anything wrong in terms of dealing with shoe companies. 

The trial stems from an FBI investigation into the seedy side of college basketball recruiting.

Ten people, including four assistant coaches at prominent programs, were arrested in September 2017, accused of funneling hundreds of thousands of dollars in shoe-company money to top recruits to influence their choice of schools, agents and apparel companies.

Former Adidas executive James Gatto, former AAU coach Merl Code and aspiring agent Christian Dawkins are standing trial in the Manhattan federal court, accused of plotting to pay $100,000 to the family top recruit Brian "Tugs" Bowen Jr.

Some of college basketball's most prestigious programs have been mentioned during the trial. 


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