South Carolina Athletic Director Ray Tanner said the Gamecocks athletic department is not under FBI investigation, but will undergo a third-party review.
Tanner released the following statement to the media:
“The University of South Carolina has been made aware that it is not the target of the Department of Justice investigation and we have received no information to indicate that any current or former member of the USC staff is involved in the federal investigation, other than the previously identified former assistant coach, Lamont Evans.
To proactively demonstrate our commitment to integrity and compliance, we will hire an independent third party that specializes in NCAA matters to conduct a review of the issues that relate to the federal investigation. Our review will be conducted in coordination with the Department of Justice and the NCAA in a collaborative manner.
The Athletics Department has an extensive education and monitoring program and conducts regular training sessions with coaches and student athletes on NCAA rules. Our efforts have been praised and we expect this review will affirm that once again.
We thank our fans for their continued support of Gamecock Basketball and look forward to the opening exhibition game October 30 at Colonial Life Arena.”
Evans was charged and arrested earlier this week in connection with the FBI’s investigation, where court documents allege he took $22,000 in bribes in exchange for leading players towards certain financial advisors and agents.
Oklahoma State University terminated Evans from his assistant coach’s position Thursday “for cause”.