Report: FBI arrests assistant basketball coaches in corruption scheme
The details are not yet full out there, but reports have surfaced that at least two college basketball assistant coaches were arrested by the FBI for a corruption scheme. Lamont Evans of Oklahoma State, Emanuel Richardson of Arizona, and Chuck Person of Auburn University are two of the coaches charged in corruption scheme.
Note: We will continue to update this post as news develops. All updates will be at the bottom and marked.
This news was broken by Tom Winter on the mean streets of Twitter.
For what it is worth, as you are reading this, more names are coming out:
Folks there are 120+ pages of criminal complaints to go through… details as we can report and write.
— Tom Winter (@Tom_Winter) September 26, 2017
As of this writing, a press conference has been scheduled at noon. The US District Attorney is expected to be front and center.
Lamont Evans has been around the sport for some time now. He was previously an assistant coach for the South Carolina Gamecocks and Frank Martin was a fan.
“Though young in actual experience, Lamont was preparing to coach even during his playing days,” Martin said of Evans. “He is very well connected in the world of grassroots basketball and has great knowledge of the game.”
As for Chuck Person, he was the fourth overall pick of the 1986 NBA Draft. He played for five teams during a 14-year career in the league, than transitioned into coaching. On April 7, 2014, Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl hired Person as an assistant coach. He was promoted to associate head coach in May 2015 and is one of the top assistant coaches and recruiters in the nation.
Emanuel Richardson was with Xavier before joining Arizona.
We will have more on this story as it develops. As for right now, the details are far too sparse to know what exactly is going on.
$100,000 was funneled to the family of an All-American high school basketball player by an Adidas rep, according to what I'm reading
— Jason Riley (@JasonRileyWDRB) September 26, 2017
Update: Two more names discovered in report.
Two others: Book Richardson (Arizona) and Tony Bland (USC)
— Rob Dauster (@RobDauster) September 26, 2017
Update: Affidavit information.
FBI arrests NCAA coaches for allegedly bribing high schoolers pic.twitter.com/ARtG2z0uxX
— Justin Miller (@justinjm1) September 26, 2017
Update: Jim Gatto, huge name, involved.
Jim Gatto, one of the Adidas' head basketball honchos, being arrested is huge news. Could mean some big names in college are about to drop.
— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) September 26, 2017