Oklahoma State subpoenaed for records of NCAA violations in college basketball probe

Illinois coach Brad Underwood, who coached at Oklahoma State last season, said Wednesday he had no knowledge of details of a grand jury subpoena asking Oklahoma State for records pertaining to NCAA rules violations.

Oklahoma State received the subpoena from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. It requires the university to turn over by Tuesday all documents and communications — including emails, text messages, cellphone records and social media messages — regarding "actual or potential NCAA rules violations" by basketball players or coaches.

"I know nothing else than what you read," Underwood said at the start of his news conference at the Illini's preseason media day. "I know what you guys know on that."

The Oklahoman first reported details of the subpoena, which covers a time period from Jan. 1, 2014, to the present. The Los Angeles Times later obtained a copy.

Underwood, who was coach at Oklahoma State from March 2016 to March 2017, is not named in the subpoena.

Former Underwood assistant coach Lamont Evans was arrested Sept. 26 and charged with conspiracy to commit bribery and five other counts involving steering top recruits to financial advisers. The current Oklahoma State coaching staff retained Evans after Underwood left in March for Illinois. Oklahoma State fired Evans on Sept. 28.

Three other assistant coaches — Auburn's Chuck Person, Arizona's Emanuel "Book" Richardson and USC's Tony Bland — were also arrested on bribery charges in an undercover FBI investigation into corruption and fraud in college basketball that has rocked the sport.

Ten people have been charged, and Louisville coach Rick Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich were ousted after Pitino was allegedly implicated in the FBI findings with illegally paying a recruit.

Two people involved in the case told the Los Angeles Times they expect more charges this month, with one saying, "This is the tip of the iceberg."

NCAA President Mark Emmert announced Wednesday he has formed a commission on college basketball to help clean up the sport. Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will chair the committee.

The subpoena sent Sept. 27 to Oklahoma State requires the school to turn over all documents related to financial aid and scholarships for all current athletes on the roster and any communication from the coaching staff or athletic department with implicated financial advisers Christian Dawkins, Martin Blazer and Munish Sood.

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