USA authorities on Tuesday unveiled fraud charges against 10 people associated with some of the country's premier college basketball programs, including four coaches and an Adidas AG executive, following a two-year corruption probe.
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.
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.
Joon Kim, the acting USA attorney in Manhattan, told a press conference the defendants showed "contempt" for players and coaches who follow the rules.
Evans, along with USC assistant Tony Bland, Arizona assistant Emmanuel Richardson and Auburn assistant Chuck Person, allegedly accepted bribes from financial advisers, agents and executives. Among the ten is former SC assistant Lamont Evans. At that meeting they began discussing Player-3 and the access to him that Evans could provide.
The scheme involved Evans allegedly taking bribes from these advisers to get his players to sign with their agencies. Evans and Underwood worked together for about a year at Oklahoma State before Underwood left for the IL job this past spring.
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Prosecutors also indicted James Gatto, the Director of Global Marketing for Adidas. The other investigation was into bribes from shoe companies to players and coaches to influence players to sign with certain schools.
They said Person also claimed to pay $18,500 of that sum to two players' families.
"We have reached out to the NCAA", Kim said.
So far, there has been no comment from the NCAA.
Oklahoma State assistant basketball coach Lamont Evans, a Kansas State alum and former Wildcat Assistant coach told a judge during an initial court appearance that he understands the allegations that he took bribes to influence star athletes. Evans was hired by Underwood in April 2016 as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator, working together for about a year before Underwood left for the IL job this spring. "These are serious accusations that are not consistent with University of SC values". Of course, we will cooperate with investigators and we look forward to justice being done in this case. Behavior like this will not be tolerated in our programs.