Okla. State basketball coach 'shocked' after associate head coach hit with federal charges
STILLWATER, Okla. (KOKH) —
Oklahoma State's head basketball coach says he "shocked" to find out his associate head coach was hit with federal charges in an investigation into college basketball.
Mike Boynton met with the media prior to the Cowboys practice Thursday. He stated he found out Lamont Evans had been charged just before taking off on a plane to Dallas. After landing he immediately flew back to Stillwater.
"It's a challenge. He had the respect of players," Boynton said.
Evans was fired last week following the charges. He is among 10 people charged by the Department of Justice in an on-going investigation into "fraud and corruption in college basketball". Evans is accused of being paid bribes for access to student-athletes that he coached at both OSU and South Carolina. During his introductory press conference in April Boynton praised Evans' character.
"I stand by what I said at my press conference," Boynton said.
The Cowboy head coach stated he wished he was meeting with the media to talk about his first season as head coach but plans to operate business as usual as he prepares the team for the season.
"This is still a great program...It will still be a product to be proud of." Boynton said.
Oklahoma State Director of Communications Gary Shutt said the university continues to fully cooperate with federal authorities. Oklahoma State has hired a compliance group to help them with an internal review. Shutt confirmed that it was the same group that assisted the university following allegations of misconduct in the football program from Sports Illustrated.