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Pasternack’s name comes up in testimony during federal criminal trial involving college hoops

The father of star basketball recruit Brian Bowen Jr. testified that former University of Arizona assistant coach Joe Pasternack was among several coaches to allegedly offer thousands of dollars in a pay-for-play scheme.

Pasternack is now entering his second season as head coach of the UCSB Gauchos.

Brian Bowen Sr. made strong allegations at the federal criminal trial regarding corruption in college basketball.

He said Arizona, Creighton, Oklahoma State and Texas all offered tens of thousands of dollars for his son to play at those schools.

According to Bowen, the offers were relayed to him by Christian Dawkins who is one of three defendants in this criminal trial. Dawkins was a runner for a sports agent.

Brian Bowen Sr. under oath said that Dawkins told him that Pasternack offered 50 thousand dollars.

Sports Director Mike Klan contacted UCSB for their reaction and he received this statement via text message.

“UC Santa Barbara has not been contacted by any of the federal investigators involved in the college basketball trial in New York City. At this time, we are focused on and excited about the upcoming season.”

Pasternack has never been charged in the FBI probe that saw four assistant coaches arrested last year.

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