NCAA – The University of Kansas is the latest school to get a subpoena in connection with the ongoing federal investigation into college basketball. The University of Maryland recently disclosed that it is currently cooperating with authorities and has submitted documents and communication that were under subpoena from a U.S. grand jury.
Maryland’s subpoena pertains to KU player Silvio De Sousa. He is an Angolan player who was originally viewed as a Maryland recruit. It is alleged that de Sousa’s guardian asked Kansas and Adidas for $20,000 to repay rival sports apparel company Under Armour.
Former Jayhawk Billy Preston is also allegedly under investigation. The same indictment naming De Sousa also alleged that Adidas conspired to funnel money to the mother of Preston.
The same indictment naming De Sousa also alleged that Adidas reps conspired to funnel money to the mother of Preston, who left the school before playing during the regular season after the NCAA investigated his car following an accident on campus.
This is another tough blow for of college hoops. Hopefully, these investigations bear fruit and are something acted upon swiftly by the NCAA. This will be an important step towards repairing its already damaged image, one tainted by the ugly ichor of corruption.