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FBI grand jury subpoenas Oklahoma State hoops program

Lamont Evans, left, an assistant basketball coach at Oklahoma State University, and his attorney Trace Morgan leave the federal courthouse following a court appearance in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017. Evans is facing federal charges in conjunction with a wide probe of fraud and corruption in the NCAA. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki

The FBI’s ongoing investigation into corruption and fraud in college basketball took another turn on Tuesday, as multiple defendants appeared in a New York City courtroom and were ultimately released on $100,000 bonds. Tony Bland (USC), Chuck Person (Auburn) and Emanuel “Book” Richardson (Arizona) appeared in front of the judge, as did Merl Code Jr., who was affiliated with Adidas’ grassroots basketball department.

Lamont Evans, formerly a member of the Oklahoma State coaching staff, is due to appear on Thursday along with Adidas executive Jim Gatto. According to The Oklahoman, the FBI has subpoenaed Oklahoma State’s basketball program in its search for information as it builds the case. The school has until Oct. 17 to comply with the FBI’s subpoena, either by supplying the information or sending an employee to New York City to testify in front of a grand jury.

In addition to the demand, which requires any information regarding potential or actual violations of NCAA rules from Jan. 1, 2014 to now, the FBI is also demanding Evans’ personnel file, all NCAA certification forms (and the communication regarding those forms) for Evans and all players currently in the program and documents/communication regarding scholarships and financial aid for those players.

The grand jury is also demanding any evidence of communication between the Oklahoma State coaching staff and financial advisers Christian Dawkins, Martin Blazer and Munish Sood, according to The Oklahoman, and any communication with the parent of a current player. Dawkins, Blazer and Sood are all defendants in the current investigation as well.

Evans, a member of the Oklahoma State coaching staff last season under Brad Underwood (now at Illinois) who was retained by new head coach Mike Boynton, was a member of Frank Martin’s coaching staff at South Carolina from 2012-16.



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