Report: South Carolina hit with Level I violation amid massive college basketball scandal

The NCAA alleged that former assistant Lamont Evans accepted bribes during his time with the Gamecocks. (M. Anthony Nesmith/Icon Sportswire/Getty Images)

South Carolina received an official notice of allegations from the NCAA last month, making it the latest school to be hit with the violation in the wake of the massive FBI investigation into corruption within college basketball, Sports Illustrated’s Pat Forde reported on Thursday.

The Gamecocks received a Level I violation from the NCAA, the most severe it can hand down, after former assistant basketball coach Lamont Evans was arrested in the probe in 2017. The allegations, according to Forde, allege that Evans accepted at least $5,865 in bribes during the 2015-16 season from agent Christian Dawkins to set up meetings between him and former South Carolina and current Denver Nuggets guard P.J. Dozier. 

The notice of allegations, however, does not include accusations that the athletic department failed to monitor the program or lack of institutional control, according to Sports Illustrated

“As expected, this does not involve any institutional, current coaching staff or former or current student-athlete eligibility issues,” South Carolina athletic director Ray Tanner said in a statement, via Sports Illustrated. “We will continue to defend our program and institution in this process with the NCAA.”

Evans admitted early last year that he accepted $22,000 in bribes to send players to both South Carolina and Oklahoma State. He was sentenced to three months in prison in June, shortly after Arizona assistant Book Richardson was sentenced to three months in prison for accepting $20,000 in bribes. Tony Bland, a former USC assistant, and Chuck Person, a former Auburn assistant, were also arrested in the scandal. 

Oklahoma State received their official notice of allegations from the NCAA in November stemming from Evans’ time there. He was fired from the Cowboys staff just two days after his arrest in 2017.

Level I violations are the most severe form of violations the NCAA can hand down. Schools who have received Level I violations have been hit with postseason bans, loss of scholarships and more.

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