While the initial scope of the FBI’s probe into college basketball corruption had a heavy focus on both Adidas and Adidas-affiliated programs, the probe now involves schools affiliated with all three major shoe companies. Maryland is the latest, putting Under Armour on the board! [mild applause]
Some of the details, from the AP’s Aaron Beard:
A March subpoena to Maryland sought communications or any information regarding possible improper payments to a former Maryland player — the school redacted the name, citing federal privacy laws — or that player’s family. It also sought the personnel file of men’s basketball assistant coach Orlando Ranson, as well as documents or communications regarding or involving Christian Dawkins — an agent runner and one of 10 men originally charged in the case last fall.
A June subpoena sought records tied to “the recruitment, eligibility and/or amateur status” of Silvio De Sousa, who played his freshman season at Kansas last year. De Sousa, a 6-foot-9 forward, joined the Jayhawks after graduating high school in December and was a reserve for a Final Four team.
Maryland joins Arizona, Kansas, Auburn, Oklahoma State, NC State, Miami, Louisville, and USC as the latest power-conference program to be implicated in this mess in one way or another. The Terps’ case does sound rather similar to NC State’s, at least based on the type of information sought in the subpoenas presented to them.
The Terps haven’t gotten much out of this whole cheating thing—if indeed they have been cheating—on the court, either, with only three NCAA appearances and one Sweet Sixteen during Mark Turgeon’s tenure.
Welcome to the party, pals!