Oklahoma State has received a subpoena from the New York grand jury, which is looking into potential violations by the basketball program’s players and coaches.
Former OSU assistant Lamont Evans is one of the four assistant college basketball coaches facing federal corruption charges in connection to a probe into pay-for-play recruiting in the sport.
He and the other coaches involved face maximum penalties of 80 years in prison for bribery conspiracy, solicitation of bribes, honest services fraud conspiracy, honest services fraud, wire fraud, and travel act conspiracy.
Now, it appears that the grand jury is interested in more people at Oklahoma State than just Evans, and players could become involved. From The Oklahoman:
Oklahoma State University has received a subpoena from a New York grand jury asking for all documents and communications regarding “actual or potential NCAA rules violations” by players and coaches of the men’s basketball team, The Oklahoman has learned.
The grand jury seeks to obtain various documentation, including NCAA certification forms for all Oklahoma State men’s basketball players, scholarship and financial aid information, as well as any documents that could prove NCAA violations:
• All documents and communications regarding actual or potential NCAA rules violations relating to the receipt of money, travel, in-kind benefits or services by OSU players and coaches associated with the men’s basketball team, including communications between OSU employees and officers, communications with the NCAA, and non-privileged material from any NCAA or internal investigations.
• All communications between any member of the coaching or athletic department staff of the OSU men’s basketball team and financial advisers Christian Dawkins, Martin Blazer and Munish Sood. The grand jury also is demanding communications with any parent of any current member of the basketball team.
It is unclear whether the other schools involved have also receied similar subpoenas at this time.
On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Times published an article after speaking to an unnamed former college basketball coach who believes that, when this is finished, 40-50 coaches will lose their jobs across the sport. While Oklahoma State is in the first wave of affected programs, it seems like a near-certainty that plenty of more teams will be roped in over the coming months.