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Maryland Basketball: Officials Subpoenaed In FBI Investigation

College Corruption Maryland Basketball Maryland Subpoenaed in FBI College Basketball Corruption Investigation
Cary Erickson | 09 July, 2018, 11:22

The University of Maryland confirmed Friday that it had received multiple subpoenas in relation to the FBI's ongoing investigation of corruption within college basketball.

Several high-profile schools, players and coaches were named in the report. Will be updated.Maryland has joined the list of schools to receive a grand jury subpoena seeking records in the federal corruption investigation into college basketball.

"None of the responsive records shows evidence of any violations of applicable laws or NCAA bylaws by university coaches, staff or players", the school said.

The first subpoena specifically targets information regarding Maryland assistant coach Orlando Ranson and an unnamed player.

In a statement, Maryland says it has complied with the subpoenas, both of which sought records dating to January 2015.

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The March subpoena also requested any records relating to any communication between Maryland employees and Christian Dawkins, a former "runner", or assistant, to National Basketball Association agent Andy Miller.

Stone spent the 2015-16 season at Maryland, averaging 12.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game before entering the National Basketball Association draft. "The University has cooperated and will continue to cooperate fully with the ongoing federal investigation", the University said in their statement. We'll cooperate any way we can with the investigation.

On June 29, the grand jury sent Maryland a second subpoena, asking for any documents "relating to the eligibility and/or amateur status" of De Sousa, a five-star recruit who was strongly considering Maryland before ultimately deciding to attend Kansas a year ago.

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. In the subpoena, authorities are seeking all documents and communication between Ranson and De Sousa. De Sousa appeared in 20 of [39] games last season, including all eight postseason games on the Jayhawks' run to the Final Four, after he was cleared to play by the NCAA on January 13.

In redacted information released by Maryland as a part of the FOIA request, documents pertaining to former Adidas executive Merl Code could be particularly damaging. De Sousa averaged 4.0 points and 3.7 rebounds during 20 games for the Jayhawks, who made it to the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament before bowing out to Villanova. Yahoo Sports and the Associated Press were first to report on the news Friday morning.