An assistant basketball coach for Oklahoma State University is among those accused in an NCAA corruption scheme.
The United States Department of Justice filed charges against multiple people, including at least four NCAA basketball coaches, NBC’s Tom Winter reports.
Federal criminal charges have been brought against ten people, including four college basketball coaches, as well as managers, financial advisers, and representatives of a major international sportswear company.
The charges come after a two-year investigation into criminal influence in NCAA basketball.
The coaches charged in the case, are accused of steering players to advisers who paid bribes to the coaches, Bloomberg reports.
The coaches accused include Lamont Evans, an assistant at Oklahoma State University, Emanuel Richardson, an assistant for the Arizona Wildcats, Chuck Person, associate head coach at Auburn University, and Tony Bland, associate head coach of the University of Southern California.
According to Winter, the FBI has arrested the coaches.
According to court documents, Evans is accused of receiving at least $22,000 in bribes in exchange for his agreement to exert his official influence over certain student-athletes. He allegedly agreed to steer specific players to financial advisers and sportswear companies.
OSU released the following statement upon hearing about the allegations against Evans:
“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.”
After reading the allegations further, the university chose to suspend Evans.
“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. We have been in contact with the NCAA and will provide additional information as it becomes available. OSU takes seriously the high standards of conduct expected in our athletic department and does not tolerate any deviation from those standards.”
The NCAA also released a statement: