NCAA coaches among 10 charged with fraud and corruption
The Associated Press - September 26, 2017 10:16 am
Oklahoma State University associate head basketball coach Lamont Evans.
NEW YORK (AP) – Federal prosecutors have announced charges of fraud and corruption in college basketball, including against four coaches.
The coaches work at Oklahoma State, Auburn University, Arizona and the University of Southern California.
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 a report by NBC News.
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.
A press conference is set for Tuesday morning to give further details on the arrests and the charges facing the coaches.
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.
The U.S Attorney for the Southern District of New York says that federal criminal charges have been brought against 10 people.
They have been charged with “making and concealing bribe payments” to high school athletes and/or their families, according to Business Insider.
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.
In court papers, prosecutors said the FBI has since 2015 been investigating the criminal influence of money on coaches 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.