The Illinois basketball program has no reason to believe any of its coaching staff was involved in the alleged college basketball corruption scheme that made national headlines Tuesday. The Fighting Illini released a statement several hours after the news broke.
— Shannon Ryan (@sryantribune) September 27, 2017
The university likely issued this statement because of its indirect ties to Lamont Evans, one of the four assistant coaches the FBI arrested on fraud charges. Evans served under Illinois coach Brad Underwood when the two coached at Oklahoma State during the 2016-17 season. A few days after the Cowboys’ first-round NCAA tournament defeat, Illinois named Underwood its head coach. Evans remained on Oklahoma State’s staff.
For now, the connection doesn’t bring Illinois into what likely will turn into a messy situation.