Two months ago, Tony Bland walked into a Las Vegas hotel room for a clandestine business meeting.
The men's associate head basketball coach at USC wanted to reassure Christian Dawkins, a former sports agent trying to start his own firm, that his "heavy influence" would convince Trojans players to hire Dawkins as their agent.
Dawkins and Bland discussed with two other men how to compensate the coach for his services. Then the sports agent left the meeting with Bland and an envelope containing $13,000, promising to give it to the coach.
What Bland and Dawkins didn't know was that the man who brought the money to the meeting was an undercover FBI agent...