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Oklahoma State announced on Friday that they will be withholding senior Jeffrey Carroll from play pending the ongoing review of the men’s basketball program.
The school was among those impacted by the FBI in an investigation into bribery and corruption. Former Oklahoma State assistant coach Lamont Evans was arrested in September for allegedly taking bribes to steer players toward agents and advisers. He allegedly solicited $22,000 from two financial advisors to steer players to him. He was fired shortly after his arrest.
It’s unclear if Carroll is one of the players involved with Evans, but the university opted to suspend him during the review of the program. Carroll is the team’s leading returning scorer after averaging 17.5 points per game last season. He was an All-Big 12 preseason selection.
With the start of college basketball on Friday, we’re seeing players across the country withheld from play due to ongoing investigations. It was announced on Thursday that former five-star point guard Collin Sexton would be suspended for one game by Alabama for a violation of NCAA rules. Then last week, Auburn announced that they are holding out Austin Riley and Danjel Purifoy indefinitely as a result of the FBI investigation.
As more teams begin their seasons, there could be more players withheld from gameplay as the investigation continues.