Four college basketball assistants charged in fraud case

Lamont Evans

US charges four college basketball coaches in bribery scheme

The college basketball world was rocked Tuesday morning when the United States Department of Justice announced ten people had been arrested in connection with fraud and corruption in college basketball. The charges stem from Evans' time at SC as well as OSU.

Underwood and Evans had spent five seasons together on Frank Martin's staffs at Kansas State and SC. When Underwood left for IL after last season, Evans was retained by new head coach and former SC player Mike Boynton.

Evans, who was among 10 arrested in the scandal, faces charges of conspiracy to commit bribery, solicitation of bribes and gratuities, and wire fraud. He is accused of accepting bribes from three men in exchange for steering players towards them for personal management, including financial advisement. Similarly, no players are named in the complaint, but two from SC are mentioned. "Player 2" is identified only as a sophomore on the 2016-17 SC team.

Evans had arranged a February 3 meeting with Blazer, Carroll and himself while OSU was in West Virginia for a conference game against the Mountaineers the following day.

Oklahoma State athletic director Mike Holder released a statement saying he was "shocked" by the allegations and learned about them through media reports. The NCAA found out about the FBI's investigation Tuesday, just like Oklahoma State.

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The details will be discussed at a news conference on Tuesday afternoon.

The scheme involved Evans allegedly taking bribes from these advisers to get his players to sign with their agencies. Nobody was named, but the dots are easy to connect. "You search these names and you see where they work".

The player was also expected to sign with Adidas upon turning professional, prosecutors said.

They said Person also claimed to pay $18,500 of that sum to two players' families. Plus, the NCAA may still launch its own investigation.

"We gotta be very low key", said the coach, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. "Until today we don't believe they were aware of this investigation".

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He admitted making payments and loans to NCAA athletes as far back as 2000 to get them to hire him. Oklahoma State did release a statement regarding Evans.

According to court documents, Evans said it was necessary to use his influence over the youngsters early in their college careers because many of them are "one and done", meaning they play one year of college ball before joining the National Basketball Association. We are reviewing and investigating the allegations. "We are cooperating with federal officials".

Prosecutors said Gatto and others funneled $100,000 from Adidas, identified as "Company-1", to the family of an elite high school prospect so he would play at an Adidas-sponsored school matching the description of the University of Louisville. "We will not tolerate any deviation from those standards".

Evans joined the Oklahoma State coaching staff in 2016. "These are serious accusations that are not consistent with University of SC values".

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