OSU Assistant Among Coaches Charged in Corruption Scheme
Oklahoma State associate head basketball coach Lamont Evans is one of four NCAA assistant basketball coaches arrested by the FBI and charged in a corruption scheme.
According to court documents, Evans received benefits in “excess of $10,000 under a Federal program involving a grant, contract, subsidy, loan, guarantee, insurance and other form of Federal Assistance.
10 people have had federal charges brought against them, according to the U.S. Attorneny for the Southern District of New York.
The other three coaches are Auburn’s Chuck Person, Emanuel Richardson of Arizona, and USC’s Tony Bland.
At a news conference Tuesday, the Department of Justice revealed the charges.
“By allegedly accepting bribes in this way, these four coaches not only breached their obligations to their schools, violated NCAA rules and betrayed the trust of their players, they also committed serious federal crimes, as did the managers and advisers who paid them,” said Joon Kim, the U.S. attorney.
The charges facing Evans are the following: Conspiracy to commit bribery, solicitation of bribes and gratuities by an agent of a federally funded organization, conspiracy to commit honest services fraud, wire fraud conspiracy and travel act conspiracy.
The court documents allege Evans received at least $22,000 in bribes in exchange for influencing players at South Carolina and Oklahoma State to use Munish Sood, a defendant, as a financial adviser or agent, as well as a cooperating witness for the government.
The bribes were used to have to Evans try to influence athletes to sign with their management company.
Evans arranged for the cooperating witness for the government to meet with an athlete at the university, believed in the documents to be Oklahoma State.
ESPN’s Mark Schlabach reported Tuesday the cooperating witness is Martin Blazer, a Pittsburgh financial adviser who was accused of swindling $2.35 million from five clients by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Oklahoma State suspended Evans on Tuesday afternoon, releasing the following statement:
“Based on the serious and troubling allegations in the complaint, Oklahoma State University has suspended assistant coach Lamont Evans. We are cooperating with federal officials.
Oklahoma State issued a statement Tuesday morning prior to the announcement of the suspension, saying the following:
“We were surprised to learn this morning of potential actions against one of our assistant basketball coaches by federal officials. We are reviewing and investigating the allegations. We are cooperating fully with officials. Let it be clear we take very seriously the high standards of conduct expected in our athletic department. We will not tolerate any deviation from those standards.”
Evans is OSU’s associate head coach and recruiting coordinator.
He’s in his first season under new OSU head coach Mike Boynton, and was an assistant under Brad Underwood last season.
Later in the afternoon on Tuesday, multiple reports came out saying the sports agency ASM Sports was raided by the FBI, and one of the agents, Andy Miller, had his computer confiscated.
Miller is the agent for former OSU guard Juwan Evans.
Tuesday evening the University of Illinois athletic department released a statement regarding the investigation.
Illinois is coached by Brad Underwood.
University of Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics Statement:
We watched with the rest of the country as today’s news unfolded regarding alleged corruption in corners of major college basketball. We have continued to monitor the situation throughout the day and are not aware of any information to suggest involvement in today’s allegations by any member of our men’s basketball staff. We will support any and all efforts to ensure the integrity of our great game.