BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (WTVG) - Earlier this week, Miami men's basketball coach Jim Larranaga said he believes he is the "Coach-3" named in court documents as part of a federal investigation of corruption in college basketball recruiting.
"I did nothing wrong,'' Larranaga said.
Larranaga spoke out Monday for the first time since the scandal broke, reading from a prepared statement and later refusing to answer any questions related to the investigation or other people linked to the federal probe.
Larranaga's name does not appear in court documents, though "Coach-3" is listed as someone who allegedly had conversations with an Adidas executive about paying a recruit $150,000 in exchange for a commitment.
Current Falcons men's basketball coach Michael Huger was an assistant for Larranaga at Miami from 2011-2015.
"Yes, I was surprised to see that," Huger said. "But you know it's something that's happening right now in college basketball and we just gotta try to clear it up as best we can."
Coincidentally, Larranaga was once the head coach at Bowling Green State University where Huger played four season for Larranaga. BGSU introduced Huger as the new head coach for the men's basketball team on April 17, 2015.
Five months later, Miami began a new 12-year sponsorship deal with Adidas worth more than $100 million in cash and appear for the Hurricanes. Prior to this new apparel contract, Miami had a deal with Nike dating back to 1987.
"Based on what we know at this time, my legal team believes that I am 'Coach-3' as labeled in the original complaint in September though it has not been confirmed by the U.S. Attorney's Office,'' Larranaga said. "And I am grateful that we have come to that conclusion ... and it's comforting to know that none of my assistants are connected in any way.''
Larranaga said he has spoken with FBI agents and has turned over what he described as thousands of text messages, emails and other materials. The federal probe is ongoing, as is one being conducted by university officials.
"I have never ran across any of that stuff," Huger said. "I don't know anything about that. I am not involved. That's it, that's all. I have nothing to do with that."
Reporters asked Larranaga Monday about his relationship with Adidas executive Jim Gatto, the apparel company's director of global sports marketing for basketball, and declined to comment -- referring to the disclaimer that was at the end of his written statement about not being able to answer specific questions. Larranaga also declined to say if he wishes he could defend himself more openly or vigorously, again reading the disclaimer and saying nothing else.
(Included in this story is information from the Associated Press.)