The University of Kansas is one of four schools listed as victims in the FBI’s ongoing investigation into college basketball, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York announced Tuesday.
U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York just announced additional charges in the college hoops investigation. pic.twitter.com/TYyoSPJx1S
— Liz Mullen (@SBJLizMullen) April 10, 2018
In September 2017, the FBI announced that it had been covertly investigating college basketball for corruption by arresting 10 men.
Federal officials claimed that coaches took cash bribes to direct players to agents, managers, and advisers once said players left college for the NBA. In addition, a senior executive with Adidas has been accused of funneling money to players in order to convince them to sign with Adidas-sponsored schools.
The expansion of that original indictment alleges that payments were made to the families of six student-athletes in connection with those players’ decisions to attend one of four adidas-sponsored schools — Kansas, Louisville, Miami and N.C. State.
In the expanded indictment, federal officials allege that the families of two unnamed Jayhawks athletes benefitted from illegal payments made without the school’s knowledge. One involved a payment of approximately $90,000 funneled to the athlete’s family via an AAU team.
“Earlier today, we learned that the University of Kansas is named as a victim in a federal indictment,” said Joe Monaco, director of strategic communications for the University of Kansas, in a statement to the media. “The indictment does not suggest any wrongdoing by the university, its coaches or its staff. We will cooperate fully with investigators in this matter. Because this is an active investigation, it is not appropriate for us to comment further at this time.”