O-State suspends assistant coach

John Helsley The Oklahoman

STILLWATER (TNS) — Oklahoma State assistant basketball coach Lamont Evans is among four coaches charged in a federal investigation focused on fraud and corruption in college basketball.

Evans, entering his second year as an assistant at OSU, was among 10 arrested by the FBI following an investigation dating back to 2015 centered on the criminal influence of money on coaches and student-athletes in the sport.

The investigation pre-dates Evans’ hire at OSU, yet continued with activities into this month. The affidavit pertaining to Evans involves 11 counts, including conspiracy to commit bribery, solicitation of bribes and gratuities and wire fraud.

According to court documents, Evans took at least $22,000 in bribe money to steer athletes to financial advisers.

Prosecutors said the FBI 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.