It’s been a while since the last bombshell from the FBI investigation into college basketball corruption.
Well, another big one just dropped, and it features the Kansas Jayhawks, and it may involved breakout freshman Silvio De Sousa.
Attorney Robert S. Khuzami announced the filing of a superseding indictment against Adidas executives James Gatto and Merl Code, as well as Christian Dawkins. It involves payments being made to players being recruited to the University of Kansas, North Carolina State University, the University of Louisville and the University of Miami.
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
Per FBI investigation, superseding indictment filed today includes alleged payment of $90,000 to family of student-athlete at Kansas, and $100,000 to family of student-athlete at Louisville.— Dana O'Neil (@DanaONeilWriter) April 10, 2018
This passage in the additional FBI college basketball charges is fascinating. The description matches the commitment timeline of Kansas big man Silvio De Sousa. Indicates Adidas had to find money to pay back the money taken from another company. pic.twitter.com/Qxv3pwOQy6— chris carlson (@ccarlsononSU) April 10, 2018
The new charges do not pertain to anyone at Miami or Louisville. Recycling of the old charges involving those schools. New charges are to KU and NC State.— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) April 10, 2018
From the Kansas section, what appears to be a $30,000 cash drop. Right out of the movies. pic.twitter.com/uHUevu81jE— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) April 10, 2018
Matching up the timeline in the indictment, it does not involve Josh Jackson. There are two other Kansas players involved.— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) April 10, 2018
You can read more info about the new findings here, but this is looking bad for Kansas, especially if a current player like De Sousa is tied to this. De Sousa played a big role in helping Kansas made the Final Four this past season.
They’ve already been linked to the investigation through former star Josh Jackson, whose mom received large loans during his high school career. Jackson led Kansas to an Elite Eight finish in the 2016-17 season.
Adidas has been front and center in this scandal, so it probably shouldn’t be a major surprise that ‘the’ Adidas school is linked to this, though it remains to be seen how much schools involved in this scandal will be punished by the NCAA.
One thing is for sure: NC State is going to get dinged as a result of this investigation, and they may get hit harder than anyone due to the alleged payments to former star Dennis Smith Jr.
Cont. Authorities allege that Dennis Smith, Jr., was unhappy with his commitment to N.C. State, and that an N.C. State coach arranged, with Adidas, a $40K payment to keep him committed ... pic.twitter.com/o7rteU7UYe— Andrew Carter (@_andrewcarter) April 10, 2018
We’ll update this post as more details come out.