There hasn't been a great deal of news recently regarding the FBI's investigation into the "underbelly" of college basketball, but Friday, Yahoo's Pat Forde issued a major update. A new school - Maryland - has been subpoenaed, twice.
Forde reports that Maryland was first subpoenaed on March 15 regarding assistant coach Orlando Ranson and an unnamed player and their "relationship with agent runner Christian Dawkins." The second subpoena came on June 29 for Maryland's officials to appear before a grand jury on July 3.
Yahoo obtained a statement from Maryland regarding the situation:
“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.”
Much of the FBI's investigation seems to center on Silvio De Sousa, who was once considered a lean to Maryland but wound up choosing Kansas on August 30, 2017. There's a lot to unpack here, but it looks like the FBI is trying to figure out whether De Sousa was paid by anyone to commit to either Maryland or Kansas - or both.
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.”
We'll keep you updated on the situation.