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Maryland subpoenaed in FBI investigation into college basketball corruption

Sporting News — (Travis Durkee)

Maryland has received several subpoenas connected to the FBI’s investigation into corruption in college basketball, Yahoo Sports and other outlets reported Friday.

The university released to the following statement:

On March 15, 2018, and June 29, 2018, the University received grand jury subpoenas for documents related to the ongoing federal investigation of college basketball. The University complied with the subpoenas by providing responsive records. None of the responsive records shows evidence of any violations of applicable laws or NCAA bylaws by University coaches, staff or players. The University has cooperated and will continue to cooperate fully with the ongoing federal investigation.

The March subpoena targeted Maryland assistant coach Orlando Ranson, an unnamed player and their relationship with agent runner Christian Dawkins, who was arrested by the FBI in September 2017 on three counts of wire fraud and one count of money-laundering conspiracy.

The June subpoena requested Maryland officials to appear before a federal grand jury in New York on July 3.

The subpoenas requested documentation of all communication between Ranson and former recruit and current Kansas player Silvio DeSousa, who was implicated in a federal indictment alleging his guardian received compensation in exchange for De Sousa playing for the Jayhawks.

Yahoo reports the following regarding De Sousa and his mentioned guardian:

In an April superseding indictment, a guardian of a Kansas recruit told Adidas they had received illicit payments in return for a commitment to steer the athlete to a university sponsored by a rival athletic apparel company. The guardian said the player favored Kansas and needed “another $20,000 payment” to “help get the student-athlete ‘out from under’ the deal.”

Maryland has an apparel deal with Under Armour, while Kansas sports Adidas.