It was not a great day for Maryland’s basketball program on Friday, July 6.
Maryland received two different sets of grand jury subpoenas from U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman of the U.S. District Court. The college is now grouped into the FBI Investigation of multiple big time basketball programs. This is the same investigation that got Rick Pitino fired from Louisville.
Maryland released a statement on the subpoenas.
“On March 15, 2018 and June 29, 2018, the University received grand jury subpoenas for documents related to the ongoing federal investigation of college basketball,” said the college’s statement. “The University compiled with the subpoenas by providing responsive records. None of the responsive records shows evidence of any violations of applicable laws or NCAA bylaws by University coaches, staff or players. The University coaches, staff or players. The University has cooperated and will continue to cooperate fully with the ongoing investigation.”
While it appears Maryland has not been caught in anything illegal, it is still not a great look for the program. There is no word on whether Maryland will be penalized for any violations.
There will most likely be some form of punishment for the program, but there will always be a stigma with the program that will be tough to do away with. Maryland is looking to compete in the Big Ten Conference.
McDonald’s All-American, Jalen Smith, leads the highly rated recruiting class for Maryland’s 2017-2018 season.
Another big time story dropped on Friday. Former Maryland basketball player Damonte Dodd has been charged with rape. Dodd is being accused of allegedly having sex with an intoxicated woman without her consent.
The event allegedly occurred in November of 2017 in College Park. Dodd finished his Maryland basketball career in the spring 2017.
Dodd was arrested in Atlanta after returning from Mexico. A trial has not been set yet.