Conner Mitchell, Sean Collins and Wesley Dotson of the University Daily Kansan reported the news Wednesday, noting the Federal Bureau of Investigation declared as much in a response to a Freedom of Information Act request.
Kansas University Athletic officials have not been contacted by federal investigators who are looking into shady college basketball recruiting practices, a KU spokesman told the Journal-World.
The FBI responded with a letter that read, in part, "The material you requested is located in an investigative file which is exempt from disclosure".
Later in the letter, FBI Section Chief David M. Hardy states, "This is a standard notification that is given to all our requesters and should not be taken as an indication that excluded records do, or do not, exist".
Chat Sports was the first to report of Kansas' potential involvement in the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe, reporting that Adidas reps - the same ones who were arrested on fraud and corruption charges - were trying to steer the nation's top recruit, Zion Williamson, to Kansas.
That is consistent with what Marchiony said shortly after news broke on September 26 of the FBI investigation involving several coaches and players from other schools. Adidas would be in possession of multiple documents related to KU and its contracts with Adidas, including the recently agreed upon 14-year, $191 million dollar partnership that KU officials announced on September 22.
Any involvement with Kansas would be particularly notable given its position as one of the best college basketball programs in the sport's history.
"What you're asking about is essentially an inflammatory Tweet that references a story with no real news in it", Marchiony said. However, the paper pointed out it "appears to contradict what Kansas Athletics officials said after the scandal broke".
"That's a question for the authorities to answer, not us", he said. "It doesn't change any response that we've given since the case was announced".