The NCAA on Friday announced sanctions against Oklahoma State’s basketball program after a Notice of Allegation and a Level I violation against former assistant coach Lamont Evans.
Per the NCAA, Evans accepted between $18,150 and $22,000 in bribes from two financial advisers to influence student-athletes. The case originated when Evans was arrested in 2017 in connection with an indictment and federal criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
“The conduct at issue in this case was related to a broader scheme that involved money and influence at the intersection of college and professional basketball,” the Division I Committee on Infractions said of its decision in the NCAA’s release. “The scheme resulted in the arrest and prosecution of multiple individuals — including college basketball coaches — on conspiracy and bribery charges, and it led to significant NCAA reforms.”
The following are the infractions levied upon the Oklahoma State basketball program:
The one-year postseason ban for Oklahoma State means Cade Cunningham, the No. 1 recruit in college basketball, won’t get to play in the NCAA Tournament should the Mike Boynton-coached Cowboys have a season worthy of the big dance (as expected). Boynton hired Cunningham’s brother, Cannen, as an assistant coach last June. Cade Cunningham chose to play at Oklahoma State over Florida, Kentucky, North Carolina and Washington.
According to the NCAA’s release, Evans, who was fired in 2017 amid the allegations, “also violated NCAA ethical conduct rules when he refused to participate in an interview and provide information relevant to the investigation.”
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