IL basketball coach releases statement after Federal Bureau of Investigation announcement


Former Gamecock assistant men's basketball coach Lamont Evans appeared before a judge Wednesday after federal authorities named him in an extensive college sports corruption probe. "We learned of these charges this morning and of course will support the ongoing criminal federal investigation".

Among those also charged were James Gatto, director for global sports marketing for basketball at Adidas; Rashan Michel, who runs an Atlanta apparel company; New Jersey money manager Munish Sood; and Christian Dawkins, a former ASM Sports agent who prosecutors said was sacked in May.

Prosecutors said they uncovered two related schemes, including one in which apparel executives, financial advisers and others bribed assistant college coaches to steer elite players to them, and a second in which players were allegedly bribed to enroll at schools sponsored by Adidas.

The other three assistant coaches charged are Chuck Person of Auburn, Emanuel Richardson of the University of Arizona, and Tony Bland of the University of Southern California. Court documents show he took at least $22,000 in bribe money to direct basketball players to financial advisers.

Underwood and Evans also spent five seasons together on Frank Martin's staffs at Kansas State and SC.

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Among those charged was Chuck Person, a former National Basketball Association star who became associate head coach at Auburn University, his alma mater. Four of those behind bars were assistant coaches, including one from Oklahoma State, where Underwood previously worked.

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

"We have reached out to the NCAA", Kim said. "These are serious accusations that are not consistent with University of SC values". "None of the coaches asked a single question about his track record in handling players' money".

They were among 10 people charged in New York City federal court. The document alleges Evans was paid $2,000 - part of more than $22,000 he was paid - after the meeting created to steer Carroll, who Evans described as "one of the best (NBA) prospects", to use the Blazer's services in the future.

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