OSU assistant basketball coach charged in fraud, corruption investigation

Oklahoma State Cowboys Basketball Associate Head Coach Lamont Evans is among several NCAA assistant coaches charged in a fraud and corruption investigation.

An FBI investigation into alleged corruption has led to the arrest of several assistant coaches in college basketball.

Court documents show the assistant coaches charged in the corruption scheme are Oklahoma State’s Lamont Evans, Auburn’s Chuck Person, Arizona’s Emanuel Richardson and USC’s Tony Bland.

According to federal court documents, Evans is charged with multiple counts, including conspiracy to commit bribery and solicitation of bribes and gratuities by an agent of a federally funded organization.

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Evans was named the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator for the Cowboy basketball program by head coach Mike Boynton for the 2017-18 season, according to OSU’s official website. He served as assistant coach/recruiting coordinator for OSU in 2016-17, and was in the same role at South Carolina for the previous four seasons.

A total of 10 people are facing charges. The four named coaches and six representatives from a “major international sportswear company.” ESPN’s Darren Rovell reports Jim Gatto, the head of sports marketing at Adidas is one of the representatives facing charges.

The FBI has a scheduled press conference at 11 a.m. CT where more details are set to be released regarding the arrests.

In court papers, prosecutors said the FBI has since 2015 been investigating the criminal influence of money on charges and student-athletes who participate in intercollegiate basketball governed by the NCAA.

They said the probe has revealed numerous instances of bribes paid by athlete advisers, including financial advisers and associate basketball coaches, to assistant and associate basketball coaches to exert influence over student athletes.

Oklahoma State University released the following statement:

“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.”

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