Above: the haunting mug shot taken of Leary when he arrived at Monroe County Jail Thursday night.
First, here’s a copy of the probable cause affidavit: this does not look good.
Next, you can listen to what Leary’s lawyer, Ginny Maxwell, told Dan Dakich this afternoon: Ms. Maxwell is not pleased with the way Mr. Leary was apprehended.
It’s worth noting that Maxwell works for the law firm of Baldwin & Dakich. Yes, that’s Thomas P. Dakich, the brother of Dan, who coached Todd at IU.
Learfield Sports has announced that Don Fischer will handle in-game broadcast duties by himself for the rest of the season before a new color commentator is considered. Joe Smith will continue to handle pre-game, halftime and post-game duties. Bob Agramonte, the vice president of Learfield Sports, did not say why that decision was made.
“We’re evaluating what we’re going to do,” he said. “That’s our plan right now.”
Agramonte did not clarify whether or not Leary is still an employee of Learfield Sports. He said all employment decisions on the broadcast teams of each school the company works with are made jointly between the university and the company.
It speaks for itself (if vaguely):
Indiana University Athletics and Learfield Sports, the Hoosiers’ multimedia rights holder which oversees the Indiana University Radio Network, recognize the recent events involving color analyst Todd Leary. Clearly, both parties are concerned for Todd and his family as he deals with this matter. We will continue to move forward with the current broadcast team of Don Fischer and Joe Smith calling IU Basketball games through the remainder of the season.
I was chasing this a bit after the game and couldn’t come up with anything, but the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette is all over the story.
Todd Leary, a former Indiana player and current color analyst on radio broadcasts, faces 17 felony charges for his part in a scheme to misappropriate real estate title funds.
This story is, as you’ll see, multi-layered.
According to court documents, Leary’s former teammate, Brian Evans, cooperated with state investigators to uncover the scheme.
Leary played basketball for coach Bob Knight’s Hoosiers from 1990 to 1994; the team advanced to the NCAA Final Four in 1992.
Leary once worked for former title insurance broker Joseph Garretson, who pleaded guilty this week in Allen Superior Court to conversion or misappropriation of title insurance escrow funds, corrupt business influence and unlawful loan origination activities in a scheme that court documents say totaled $2.7 million in losses.
IU police arrested Leary – an analyst for the Indiana University Radio Network – on Thursday evening, and he was booked into the Monroe County Jail in Bloomington about 6:45 p.m., 15 minutes before IU’s home game against Purdue.
Leary, 39, of Carmel, is accused of conspiring with Garretson between July 2008 and February 2009 to commit a variety of felonies, including conspiracy to commit conversion or misappropriation of title insurance escrow funds, conspiracy to commit theft and conspiracy to corrupt business influence. The majority of the charges are Class C felonies, with penalties of up to four years in prison each.
We’ll obviously have more on this story tomorrow. I believe Leary is actually an employee of Learfield Communications and not IU, but clearly the university has significant say in who broadcasts its games. They’ll be looking for a replacement.
Tonight I am reminded of movie franchises that use the same generic theme and tweak the storyline just enough for fans to have a little bit of interest in the next offering. Yes, I’m looking at you National Lampoon and American Pie.
Indiana lost. Late. Again.
Verdell Jones got a decent look to tie the game, but his deep 3-pointer hit off the back of the rim and bounced high into the air and away from where it needed to land.
Prior to that Indiana had allowed a 9-0 run after leading 69-66, missing three front-ends on 1-and-1s. The variation on the theme for this night was that Jordan Hulls and Jones missed those free throws; they’re usually reliable.
Purdue’s veteran team calmly pushed to victory.
IU fans must feel as though they were made to watch the latest installment of the American Pie series. No one deserves that.
Of course the difference is that the Hoosiers are learning and building and clearly getting better. The American Pie people are simply bilking a trite concept for more than it should ever be worth.
We’re waiting for interviews. We’ll have more basketball-related analysis as the night goes on.
Here’s Matt Painter, the Purdue coach.
He thinks his team got “caught up in the emotion” a bit and didn’t carry out assignments on ball screens in the first half. Thus Tom Pritchard’s ability to get easy lay ins in the first half.
Down the stretch, Painter leaned on his three junior star players and they made plays.
The key, Painter believed going into the game, was the rebounding battle. The Boilermakers won it by four, and won on a late possession. That’s not coincidental, he offers.
Assembly Hall is the toughest venue in the Big Ten, Painter says.
Purdue held Tom Pritchard scoreless in the second half after he had a season-high 13 in the first. That was the product of better assignment basketball, not a switch in how the Boilermakers defended.
It appears that 2012 recruits Jeremy Hollowell, Jared Drew and Kellon Thomas are all headed to Bloomington tonight for the Purdue game.
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