U of I Involved In Indictment Of 4 College Basketball Coaches

Oklahoma State University									SOURCE Oklahoma State University
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29 September, 2017

"As we have already stated, we will cooperate with federal officials and coordinate with the NCAA as we move forward with looking into this matter to the fullest extent".

Federal prosecutors have announced charges of fraud and corruption in college basketball, including against four coaches. Managers, financial advisers and representatives of major global sports companies have also been charged. "They knew that the corrupt coaches in return for bribes would pressure the players to use those services and they also knew that when these players turned pro, that would mean big bucks for them in professional fees and profits".

"He's a brother that I never had, a great friend and a tremendous coach, and he will be standing here one day", Boynton said of Evans at his introductory press conference in March. In April 2016, Evans left SC to join the staff of Brad Underwood, another former Martin assistant, at Oklahoma State.

Underwood and Evans also spent five seasons together on Frank Martin's staffs at Kansas State and SC. "OSU takes seriously the high standards of conduct expected in our athletic department and does not tolerate any deviation from those standards".

Evans followed former K-State coaches Frank Martin to SC, then when to his current job at Oklahoma State when Brad Underwood was named head coach there.

Among those charged was Chuck Person, a former National Basketball Association star who became associate head coach at Auburn University, his alma mater. "These are serious accusations that are not consistent with University of SC values".

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The scheme involved Evans allegedly taking bribes from these advisers to get his players to sign with their agencies.

"We gotta be very low key", said the coach, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Evans, a Bahamas native, was told to surrender his passport.

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. He is accused of paying a coach to pay a player to sign with his school. The six counts he faces (conspiracy to commit bribery, solicitation of bribes and gratuities by an agent of a federally funded organization, conspiracy to commit honest services fraud, honest wire services fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and Travel Act conspiracy) carry a maximum sentence of 80 years.

Evans' next hearing is October 10 in NY.

First-year IL men's basketball coach Brad Underwood says he was "surprised" after the FBI made its covert bribery investigation public.


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