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Kansas Seeking To Recover Over $1 Million Connected To FBI Case

Kansas center Silvio De Sousa at the Final Four.

SAN ANTONIO, TX - MARCH 31: Silvio De Sousa #22 of the Kansas Jayhawks reacts after being defeated by the Villanova Wildcats during the 2018 NCAA Men's Final Four Semifinal at the Alamodome on March 31, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas. Villanova defeated Kansas 95-79. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

A number of major college programs have been significantly impacted by the FBI's investigation into college basketball. Kansas has lost two major players over the last few years, as a result.

Former five-star Billy Preston never wound up suiting up for the Jayhawks. His mother allegedly received a payment of $90,000 from former adidas employees James Gatto and T.J. Gassnola.

This year, the NCAA handed down a two-year suspension to center Silvio De Sousa, whose guardian is said to have received a $2,500 payment from the adidas reps, with the promise of another payment, which never came, later on.

De Sousa's Kansas career is likely done after 20 games.

From ESPN:

In a victim impact statement, Kansas attorney William Sullivan detailed the university's financial losses, including $112,731 in lost athletic scholarships and more than $1 million in legal fees incurred while responding to federal subpoenas, preparing witnesses for trial and cooperating with NCAA investigations.

"The damage done by Mr. Gatto's and his co-conspirators' greed cannot be overstated," Sullivan wrote. "Their actions have impaired the University of Kansas' ability to continue to fully use those resources for both the benefit and welfare of its student-athletes, as well as for its ongoing mission of educational and community development and enrichment."

Louisville and NC State are both looking to recover funds as well, although neither is after nearly as much as Kansas.

Gatto's attorney is arguing that the adidas reps were seeking to help the teams by helping them sign top players, and once again alleged that the efforts were done in conjunction with the programs' coaches.

[ESPN]