Federal prosecutors have announced charges of fraud and corruption in college basketball, including against four assistant coaches.
The coaches work at Oklahoma State, Auburn University, Arizona and the University of Southern California.
Of those charges is Oklahoma State's Lamont Evans. OSU announced that it has suspended Evans as a result of the investigation. The university released the following statement:
“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.”
Lamont is among 10 people charged in New York City federal court. Others included managers, financial advisers and representatives of a major international sportswear company. The details were discussed at a news conference on Tuesday afternoon.
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.