NATIONAL (WCIA) — The FBI has arrested ten people on corruption and fraud charges, all in connection with men’s college basketball.
Four of those arrested are assistant coaches, including a former one hired by Illinois Coach Brad Underwood when he was at Oklahoma State.
At this point, the investigation doesn’t include Underwood. He was not named in the FBI’s report and has no connection to Lamont Evans now.
Underwood hired Evans to be his assistant coach at Oklahoma State last year. The charges presented Tuesday against Evans happened during his time in Stillwater, but it started well before then, when Evans was at South Carolina.
Three other assistant coaches charged are Auburn’s Chuck Person, Arizona’s Emanuel Richardson and Southern Cal’s Tony Bland.
The FBI has been investigating this since 2015 and has kept it a secret this whole time. Its documents say the coaches were taking thousands of dollars in bribes to steer NBA-destined college recruits towards certain sports agents, financial advisors as well as to colleges sponsored by ADIDAS.
The FBI got involved since the schools are public universities. Investigations by the NCAA are one thing, but when the FBI gets involved, it’s so much bigger than a slap on the wrist.
This is big time stuff with big time implications. Each coach faces a maximum sentence of 80-years in prison. All four have been suspended indefinitely by their respective schools.