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Report: Former basketball assistant Lamont Evans to plead guilty to bribery charge

The former Oklahoma State assistant coach will plead guilty in federal court on Wednesday.

NCAA Basketball: South Carolina at Alabama Kelly Lambert-USA TODAY Sports

Back in September of 2017, Cowboy Basketball released assistant coach Lamont Evans after he was arrested as a part of the NCAA Basketball corruption scandal that impacted multiple programs throughout the league. Evans allegedly received bribes in the amount of $22,000 “ steer the players at the University of South Carolina and Oklahoma State University to certain financial advisers and business managers”.

According to a report from AP, defense attorneys are saying that Evans will plead guilty to a single charge of conspiracy bribery.

The report also states that the charge can have potentially a penalty of up to five years in prison, but a plea deal from Evans recommends that he get no more than two years.

He has also agreed to forfeit the $22,000 as part of the deal.

Attorney Johnny McCray told AP:

“These guys are scapegoats,” McCray said. “The bigger name coaches were not touched here. It’s really sad.”

He added: “I think this is overkill. They could have used the sanctions available within the NCAA, which has the ability to permanently bar a coach from coaching.”

Tony Bland and Emmanuel “Book” Richardson, former assistants at the University of Southern California and Arizona, respectively, have recently entered similar pleas and are currently awaiting sentencing.

We will keep you updated as more about the case is released.