Terrapin Times reported earlier today that there would be big news at 11am. The news is that Maryland was Subpoenaed in the ongoing FBI College Basketball Case. The statement from the University 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.”
While this certainly isn’t great news, it is inline with what we already know. Former 5-star commit Diamond Stone allegedly took around $12,000 from an NBA agent before coming to Maryland.
One of the subpoenas asks for “any documents, including communications, regarding or relating to former Maryland student athlete [redacted], including but not limited to documents reflecting or regarding any improper payments or benefits provided to [redacted], [redacted’s] family or a representative of [redacted] or [redacted’s] family.” (Many think the redacted is Stone) the subpoena later asks for documents about Dawkins (associate to agent Andy Miller) and Terps assistant Orlando “Bino” Ranson. Ranson was Stone’s lead recruiter when he signed with the Terps.
The other Subpoena, from June 21st 2018, asked for documents about current Kansas player Silvio De Sousa “any documents, including communications, regarding or related to the recruitment, eligibility and/or amateur status of De Sousa”
De Sousa who’s name is already all over the investigation involving a payment from Adidas of at least 20,000$. Maryland was considered the favorite till Kansas came out of nowhere to land De Sousa and enrolled him early he ended up coming off the bench for most of the 20 games he appeared in 2018 for the Jayhawks.
The investigation will continue and as of now Maryland has not been cited doing anything that would be against the NCAA or the law.
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