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Latest FBI News: Revised Indictment Mentions NC State, Miami And Kansas

We would say the other shoe has dropped but it feels more like a centipede.

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CHAMPAIGN, IL - NOVEMBER 29: Dennis Smith Jr. #4 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack drives to the basket during the game against the Illinois Fighting Illini at State Farm Center on November 29, 2016 in Champaign, Illinois. Illinois defeated North Carolina State 88-74.
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On Tuesday, the FBI announced more news in the FBI/Adidas case with a superseding indictment which mentions Kansas, Miami and NC State.

There are no current charges against anyone affiliated with any of these schools. The new charges are filed against former Adidas executive Jim Gatto. Former Clemson player Merl Code and agent runner Christian Dawkins are accused of conspiracy.

For State, the scandal revolves around Dennis Smith, now with the Dallas Mavericks, and an unnamed coach.

For Kansas, it’s two players: Billy Preston, who never suited up for KU after he was held out in the initial university investigation, which leads us back to the joke that nothin’ from nothin’ leaves nothin’, and Silvio DeSousa, who played a prominent role in getting Kansas to the Final Four.

In Miami’s case it’s unclear what recruits might have been involved since they apparently didn’t sign with the ‘Canes.

Pretty busy week for Miami: Bruce Brown announced he’s going pro, Jim Larranaga got an extension and now FBI news.

As far as State goes, an unnamed coach was mentioned but again, no criminal charges were filed against anyone associated with the university.

Kansas issued a statement after the announcement that said this: “Earlier today, we learned that the University of Kansas is named as a victim in a federal indictment. 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.”

Fair enough. We all have to wait to see what happens.

We would like to add one small note though.

In 1990, Duke was absolutely hammered in the Final Four by UNLV. The following year, the teams met again in the semifinals in Indianapolis.

Julio and his brother were there and introduced the idea of the Duke Curse with a big sign that said “Hey Talk! Is It Really Worth It?”

The sign listed the teams that had beaten Duke since Coach K came (a much shorter list then).

It was a fun joke, a mock-plead for mercy that we didn't think was necessary (along with former DePaul coach Joey Meyer, we were among a small minority that gave Duke a chance. We really thought Duke would win because UNLV seemed to be tight throughout the tournament).

Anyway, we kept it up for a long time and it really was an amazing list. We eventually figured out that most schools had to hit their peak to beat Duke and couldn’t sustain that level. Coaches left, players got injured, probations happened, the NBA called.

It was always something.

Anyway, we mention it because with DeSousa’s alleged involvement, and the questions the NCAA may have if he is eventually ruled ineligible, the Duke Curse lives on.

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