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Kansas reportedly subpoenaed in connection with ongoing federal college basketball investigation

Sporting News — (E.Jay Zarett)

The Kansas basketball program has reportedly been subpoenaed in connection to the ongoing college basketball FBI probe, according to a report from Yahoo Sports.

Kansas officials “tacitly acknowledged” the school had received a subpoena from the federal government, according to the report. The school told Yahoo Sports it was “cooperating with the government inquiry.”

The university denied a request from Yahoo Sports to view any subpoenas "citing the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act," and said their "release would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy."

Kansas forward Silvio De Sousa is believed to be at the center of the inquiry into the school. Maryland was recruiting De Sousa heavily, but he enrolled at Kansas halfway through last season. He appeared in 20 games for the Jayhawks in 2017-18.

Maryland was reportedly subpoenaed in connection with the probe last week.

Former center Billy Preston, who enrolled at Kansas but never played in a game for the school, has also reportedly been linked to the probe. He signed a two-way contract with the Cavaliers this month.

The probe altered the college basketball landscape in late September when the Justice Department brought charges against assistant coaches from four prominent schools.

Former Louisville coach Rick Pitino was also fired after he was reportedly linked to the probe.