Brandon Johnson Case Concludes


The NCAA’s review of the Brandon Johnson case with the University of San Diego has concluded. The case was limited to Johnson’s actions as a student-athlete during the 2009-10 men’s basketball season and the NCAA accepted USD’s submission of a secondary violation. The NCAA found no improper conduct by any member of the university’s staff or any other student-athletes in the case.

“We are happy with the NCAA’s conclusion of this matter and truly appreciate its review of this case in a thorough, efficient and timely manner,” stated Mary E. Lyons, President of USD.

Johnson was one of ten defendants named in an indictment that was unsealed in April 2011 as part of a conspiracy that included game-fixing and illegal sports gambling. He began serving a six-month prison sentence on May 31 following his guilty plea in the game-fixing case. T.J. Brown, who also was indicted and had previously worked as an assistant coach at USD during the 2006-07 season, was sentenced to a year in federal prison for his part in the game-fixing scheme.

The NCAA did not begin its review of the infractions case until the criminal case was resolved.

“We appreciate USD’s cooperation throughout the case,” said Jon Duncan, interim NCAA vice president of enforcement. “Sports wagering and point shaving are serious threats to student-athletes. When a student-athlete gets involved in point shaving, he or she is not only risking permanent ineligibility, but criminal charges and prison sentences are also real consequences.”

The university’s senior administration, together with Ky Snyder, USD Executive Director of Athletics, closely monitored this matter since the indictment was unsealed in April 2011. “As I’ve stated before, game-fixing charges cut to the very core of what college athletics is about in regards to competition, integrity and fairness,” commented Snyder. “This was not a victimless crime. Student-athletes have questioned how much of their career was real. Like we do every year, we will continue our commitment to educating our student-athletes and staff on the perils of sports wagering and to maintaining the highest ethical standards in our athletics programs.”

USD sent letters to Brandon Johnson and T.J. Brown disassociating them from the university and its athletics program.


University of San Diego: A member of the West Coast Conference, USD is home to 17 NCAA Division 1 intercollegiate teams enjoyed by more than 500 student athletes. USD Athletics remains committed to its vision of educating its student-athletes while building leadership and teamwork qualities and a reputation as winners on and off the field of play.

About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 8,000 students from 75 countries and 44 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD’s eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD recently concluded our successful $317M Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, which represented the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the university. In September 2016, USD introduced Envisioning 2024, a strategic plan that capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.