OSU basketball receives allegation notice following completed investigation

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Mike Boynton coaches his team during the Oklahoma State vs. Oral Roberts basketball game on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019 in Gallgher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, OK.

Off-court concerns continue to follow the Oklahoma State basketball team.

The NCAA has issued a Notice of Allegation to OSU following a completed investigation of the men’s basketball program. 

The investigation, which began two years ago, regarded former associate head coach and recruiting coordinator Lamont Evans’ alleged NCAA infractions. Evans was fired shortly after the allegations were made.

Upon conclusion of the investigation, the NCAA and the University agree Evans accepted bribes for the purpose of steering players to financial advisors.

The Committee on Infractions might consider this to be a Level I violation by the University, according to NCAA enforcement staff.

No other violations were found on the part of the institution.

“The University feels strongly that the bribes were taken for the sole benefit of Mr. Evans who was terminated within days of the announcement of the charges,” OSU said in an official statement.

“The University did not benefit in any way and was considered by the Federal government to be the victim of the scheme. As such, we have asked to appear before the Committee on Infractions to present our position on the level of violation.”

The allegation does not involve any current player or coach. It also does not include any alleged recruiting violations.

We have been open and transparent with our team, our recruits and the NCAA,” OSU coach Mike Boynton said in a press release. “We’re disappointed this occurred but are pleased that a thorough investigation has determined the most serious violation was reported in the news more than two years ago. We look forward to presenting our case on the level of violation to the NCAA.”

 

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