Texas coach Shaka Smart issues statement on Longhorns’ link to FBI probe

Texas men’s basketball coach Shaka Smart issued a statement on Friday evening after the Longhorns were linked to documents regarding an FBI probe surrounding corruption in NCAA men’s basketball.

Texas guard Eric Davis Jr. and former center Prince Ibeh were both linked to documents published by Yahoo! Sports — which revealed at least 20 Division I programs with players, past and present, tied to balance and expense sheets from ASM Sports — run by former NBA agent Andy Miller.

Smart said in the statement that he first learned of the report “late [Thursday] evening” and that he had “no previous knowledge of the alleged extra benefits described in the report.”

Smart added that the program is “prepared to cooperate fully” with authorities as the probe continues.

Texas announced that Davis would be withheld from future competitions as a precautionary move after it was revealed he was linked to the documents.

Kansas and Iowa State were among other Big 12 programs linked to the documents. Oklahoma State also had involvement — as former assistant Lamont Evans faced federal corruption charges in September toward the start of the probe. Evans was one of 10 figures across the sport who faced charges at the time.

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