The University of Maryland’s men’s basketball team is officially under F.B.I. investigation for corruption. They are the latest NCAA team to go under scrutiny. The university released a statement that they received two subpoenas from a grand jury from the U.S. District Attorney’s office of the Southern District of New York.
“The University has cooperated and will continue to cooperate fully with the ongoing federal investigation,” the school’s statement read.
One of the subpoenas was for emails and communications involving assistant coach Orlando “Bino” Ranson, including his contract and “any investigative file maintained by Maryland regarding allegations of possible or potential misconduct by Ranson.”
There are allegations regarding Diamond Stone received over $14,000 as an enticement to sign with former NBA agent Andy Miller’s agency.
Clearly, the clouds of corruption overshadowing the NCAA have not dissipated yet. There could be more investigations launched by the F.B.I. in the coming months. While these inquiries shed a bad light on the association, The process of cleaning it up and that the cooperation of the schools will go a long way towards improving their image. The NCAA has been called one of the most corrupt basketball leagues by some notable players and analysts.