SDSU players interviewed as part of USD point-shaving investigation

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – FBI agents spoke to members of the San Diego State University men's basketball team as part of an investigation into alleged point- shaving at the University of San Diego, SDSU athletic department officials said.

The Aztec players were interviewed on April 11, the same day federal indictments were announced against former USD players Brandon Johnson and Brandon Dowdy, former assistant coach Thaddeus Brown, and seven other defendants, said Darin Wong, an assistant media relations director with San Diego State's athletic department.

“The SDSU student-athletes were interviewed due to having a social acquaintanceship with one or more of the defendants,” Wong said.

With the proximity of the schools, the players on the two teams are known to socialize and play pickup games against each other.

The defendants are accused of trying to get USD players to influence the outcomes of games, including at least one this past season. Public attention has focused on a 2009 game the Toreros played against UC Riverside. USD built a big lead but lost in the final minutes after a sluggish second half.

Wong said the San Diego State players fully cooperated with FBI agents.

“Since that time, San Diego State athletic department officials have been in continuous communication with the FBI and have been told that there is no plan for additional interviews with the student-athletes,” Wong said.

“If circumstances change, the student-athletes are available to assist federal agents in any way possible. At no time during this process were any of the San Diego State student-athletes the focus of the investigation or accused of any wrongdoing.”

Although there were no allegations of wrongdoing by San Diego State players, Aztec fans expressed concerns on Internet message boards and radio sports talk shows that their players would be embroiled in the investigation, and tarnish a season in which the Aztecs finished 34-3, reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament and were nationally ranked for the first time.

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