NCAA puts South Carolina on probation, former Gamecock assistant given 10-year show cause
The Lamont Evans saga is finally over for Frank Martin’s South Carolina basketball program.
On Thursday, the NCAA announced the Gamecocks have been put on two years of probation following an investigation into the violation of NCAA ethical conduct rules regarding South Carolina assistant coach, Lamont Evans.
South Carolina avoided any postseason bans or loss of scholarships following the investigation. Evans was hit hard, however, as the NCAA handed him a 10-year show cause.
The NCAA found that Evans took bribes to arrange meetings between a player and an agent.
Here is an outline of the complete penalties handed down by the NCAA:
- Two years of probation.
- A $5,000 fine (self-imposed by the university).
- A reduction of men’s basketball official visits to 25 during the 2020-21/2021-22 rolling two-year period (self-imposed by the university).
- A prohibition of unofficial visits in men’s basketball for a total of four weeks during the fall of 2021 and/or 2022 (self-imposed by the university).
- A prohibition of men’s basketball telephone recruiting for a six-week period during the 2020-21 and/or 2021-22 academic years (self-imposed by the university).
- A reduction in the number of men’s basketball recruiting person days by 17 during the 2020-21 and/or 2021-22 academic years (self-imposed by the university).
- A 10-year show-cause order for the former assistant coach. During that period, any NCAA member school employing him must restrict him from any athletically related duties unless it shows cause why the restrictions should not apply.