Former South Carolina basketball assistant basketball coach Lamont Evans was named in a federal complaint filed in New York charging him and three other men’s basketball assistants with various corruption and bribery charges.
Evans, who federal agents arrested Tuesday afternoon in Oklahoma City, has been charged with receiving $22,000 in alleged bribes to persuade student athletes to hire particular business advisers or agents.
Court documents reveal Evans to be connected with Munish Sood, an investment manager, along with an unnamed cooperating witness who led them to Evans.
South Carolina’s Athletic Department released a statement connected to the charges:
The University is aware that former assistant men’s basketball coach Lamont Evans has been charged by federal prosecutors and learned of the charge from a press release issued by the Department of Justice. Evans coached at USC from 2012 until April 2016. These are serious accusations that are not consistent with University of South Carolina values. Behavior like this will not be tolerated in our programs. Of course, we will cooperate with investigators and we look forward to justice being done in this case. Because this is an ongoing criminal matter, we will have no further comment.
Former Clemson player Merl Code, Jr. is also named among those charged, for allegedly agreeing to provide money to at least three high school recruits or families in exchange for them playing at schools branded by the apparel company Adidas. The court documents state that the agreement between the two sides also provisioned those athletes to sign with Adidas upon their turning pro.
Clemson officials, when contacted by the Greenville News, said that Code is not affiliated with Clemson University in any way and the Tigers are not part of this investigation.
More on this story as it develops…