The ongoing FBI investigation into corruption and bribery in college basketball has led to officials from the Maryland basketball program getting subpoenaed. Yahoo Sports and the Associated Press were first to report on the news Friday morning.
Maryland assistant coach Orlando Ranson is one of the Terrapins officials to receive his subpoena. The subpoena comes as the federal investigation is looking into the recruitment of an unnamed player and a run-in with agent runner Christian Dawkins. According to InsideMDSports, the player in question is Diamond Stone.
From the Yahoo report:
The first subpoena specifically targets information regarding Maryland assistant coach Orlando Ranson and an unnamed player. It focuses on their relationship with agent runner Christian Dawkins, who previously has been charged in the probe. The second subpoena summoned Maryland officials to appear before a federal grand jury in New York on July 3.
The University of Maryland issued a statement on the matter which reads: “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.”
Another subpoena looks into the recruitment of Silvio De Sousa, who played his freshman season at Kansas. De Sousa was implicated in a federal indictment which alleges his legal guardian received money in exchange for the player heading to the Jayhawks. The guardian reportedly received a payment of $20,000.
As the investigation continues, it will be interesting to see what other programs, coaches, and players get caught up in the mess.