Oklahoma State fires associate head coach Lamont Evans amid FBI investigation
Evans is accused of accepting at least $22K in bribe money at both South Carolina and OSU
Oklahoma State has fired associate head coach Lamont Evans amid allegations levied by the FBI this week detailing his involvement in a bribery and corruption scheme, the school announced Thursday.
Evans, who was entering his second year on Oklahoma State's coaching staff, is accused of accepting at least $22,000 to "exert his influence over certain student athletes" at Oklahoma State and his previous employer, South Carolina.
"The picture of college basketball painted by the charges is not a pretty one," Joon H. Kim, the acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, said at a Tuesday press conference. "Coaches at some of the nation's top programs taking cash bribes, managers and advisers circling blue-chip prospects like coyotes, and employees of a global sportswear company funneling cash to families of high school recruits. ... For the 10 charged men, the madness of college basketball went well beyond the Big Dance in March. Month after month, the defendants exploited the hoop dreams of student-athletes around the country, allegedly treating them as little more than opportunities to enrich themselves through bribery and fraud schemes."
In 2016, Brad Underwood added Evans to his staff at Oklahoma State after four years as an assistant coach at South Carolina. Underwood left Stillwater for Illinois after one season. Mike Boynton was then promoted to head coach, and Evans was elevated to associate head coach.
Evans is one of four college basketball assistants named in the FBI case. USC's Tony Bland, Auburn's Chuck Person, and Arizona's Emmanuel "Book" Anderson were also implicated. Person and Anderson are still suspended by their respective schools, and Bland has been placed on administrative leave by USC.
On Wednesday, Evans was in Oklahoma City where he was released on a $50,000 bond after appearing for an initial hearing in U.S. District Court. His next hearing is scheduled for Oct. 10 in New York.
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