Report: South Carolina basketball program receives NCAA Notice of Allegations
It’s been a year since the FBI’s investigation into the corruption of college basketball has made much news but it appears the latest domino has fallen since the federal government found its way into the affairs of NCAA basketball.
According to Pat Forde of Sports Illustrated, South Carolina has been hit with a Level I violation — Level I is the most serious violation a school can commit.
The NCAA is alleging that former South Carolina assistant coach Lamont Evans was paid a bribe during his tenure in Columbia. The NCAA claims Evans took at least $5,865 from former agent Christian Dawkins.
Dawkins was at the center of the NCAA’s investigation into the LSU basketball program at this time last year. According to the NCAA, Evans was paid the bribe to ensure former Gamecock guard P.J. Dozier met with Dawkins.
Evans was arrested back in 2017 and ultimately served three months in prison after admitting to accepting over $22,000 in bribes.
It should be noted that Frank Martin has not been named in the NCAA’s Notice of Allegations and no charge of lack of institutional control has been levied against the coach.
South Carolina AD Ray Tanner reportedly issued the following statement to Sports Illustrated following this news:
“As expected, this does not involve any institutional, current coaching staff or former or current student-athlete eligibility issues. We will continue to defend our program and institution in this process with the NCAA.”