The Latest: OK State fires assistant tied to hoops scandal
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) The Latest on the corruption scandal in college basketball (all times Eastern):
Oklahoma State has fired Lamont Evans for cause after the top assistant to new coach Mike Boynton was ensnared in the federal investigation of basketball recruiting at seven universities.
The school announced that Evans was terminated in a one-sentence statement Thursday.
Evans is accused of accepting $2,000 a month in bribes to funnel athletes to certain agents, including ”one and done” players that are talented enough to jump to the NBA after one season.
Evans had been suspended by the university and surrendered to federal marshals early Wednesday. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Charles Goodwin later in the day. He did not enter a plea, but is due to appear in court again in New York’s Southern District on Oct. 10.
Indiana coach Archie Miller says he’s as ”surprised as anyone” about the scandal that has rocked the college basketball world and that he doesn’t believe the Hoosiers have done anything wrong.
Miller, the younger brother of Arizona coach Sean Miller, told reporters Thursday that he has spoken several times with athletic director Fred Glass about whether the Hoosiers might be involved.
Miller told reporters he has no reason to believe anyone at Indiana is involved.
”I think everyone’s probably taken a step back and is a little reserved or guarded,” he said. ”But as you look at your own players, you have to remind them to do things the right way.”
Miller also worked for his brother at Arizona and said he has spoken briefly with him once to offer his support.
The University of Kansas is discussing internally whether any reviews are warranted of its storied program after a federal bribery investigation uncovered fraud and corruption in college basketball.
Associated athletic director Jim Marchiony tells The Associated Press that the Adidas-sponsored school has not been contacted by any law enforcement agencies, and nobody implicated in the investigation has been connected to the university in any way.
The Department of Justice filed charges Tuesday against 10 people, including four college basketball coaches. One of the central figures in the probe is James Gatto, the director of global sports marketing for Adidas, who is accused of funneling $100,000 to a prospect to attend Louisville.
Kansas just announced a 12-year extension with Adidas last week. The new contract, spanning 14 years and providing $191 million, is the fourth-largest shoe and apparel deal in the NCAA.
The federal fraud and bribery scandal that has shaken college basketball has left a key lingering question of what will happen to recruits who received money linked to attending certain schools.
It could mean the permanent loss of college eligibility for some players, for violating a core NCAA rule prohibiting improper benefits. But some players could go through the reinstatement process and eventually play after sitting out some games on a case-by-case basis.
Michael L. Buckner is a Florida-based attorney with experience working infractions cases. He says athletes involved will ”have that stigma” tied to the scandal.
Federal prosecutors announced Tuesday that 10 men – including four assistant coaches – have been charged with using hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes to influence star athletes’ choice of schools, shoe sponsors and agents.
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