Oklahoma State assistant coach suspended after being charged in federal corruption probe

(Oklahoma State University)

The Department of Justice says an Oklahoma State assistant basketball coach is among those charged in a federal fraud and corruption investigation.

The United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York announced the charges against ten people, including Cowboys assistant Lamont Evans, for "fraud and corruption in college basketball."

According to court documents, Evans was arrested by the FBI, accused of improper acts that stem back as far as his days with the South Carolina program. One count in the documents specifically targets Evans for receiving improper benefits.

The federal indictment states that Evans was paid bribes for access to student-athletes that he coached at both OSU and South Carolina. He was also allegedly paid at least $22,000 in bribes to "exert his official influence" over athletes he coached and steer them toward specific business and investment services once they entered the NBA.

Documents state the FBI has recorded phone conversations of Evans steering players during his time at Oklahoma State.

Evans was hired by the university in 2016 after four seasons with South Carolina. Last year, he served as the Cowboys associate head coach and recruiting coordinator.

Oklahoma State has suspended 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.”

NCAA President Mark Emmert said the charges are "deeply disturbing".

"We have no tolerance whatsoever for this alleged behavior. Coaches hold a unique position of trust with student-athletes and their families and these bribery allegations, if true, suggest an extraordinary and despicable breach of trust. We learned of these charges this mornign and of course will support the ongoing criminal federal investigation," Emmert said.

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