FBI is investigating two suspended UTEP basketball players

When a college player gets suspended indefinitely, his coach will often cite unspecified team rules violations as the reason in order to avoid embarrassing the player or program by publicizing the specific offense.

Seldom if ever, however, is the ubiquitous “team rules violation” phrase used to gloss over something that would interest the FBI.

UTEP’s suspensions of leading scorer McKenzie Moore and reserve forward Jalen Ragland are apparently the exception to that rule. KFOX14 in El Paso reported Monday night that the FBI is investigating two UTEP players and that those two are believed to be Moore and Ragland.

UTEP coach Tim Floyd announced the suspensions of Moore and Ragland after a Dec. 28 victory over Western Illinois, telling the El Paso Times he’s “not able to talk about it right now but it will all come out eventually.” A spokesman for the UTEP athletic department declined further comment Tuesday morning when asked to respond to the KFOX14 story.

If the FBI is indeed investigating Moore and Ragland, that will certainly fuel chatter that point shaving allegations led to their suspensions. That remains nothing more than an unsubstantiated theory at this point among UTEP fans, but FBI involvement would be consistent with previous point shaving cases at the University of San Diegoand Auburn.

Regardless, FBI involvement suggests it’s unlikely either Moore or Ragland will be reinstated at UTEP.

Moore, a 6-foot-6 junior, averaged a team-high 13.1 points per game and also chipped in 4.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game. Ragland, a 6-foot-7 junior, was a rotation player off the bench and averaged 3.7 points per game. UTEP was expected to contend in Conference USA this season, but the shorthanded Miners (10-5) may now have a tough time keeping up with fellow favorites Southern Miss, UAB and Louisiana Tech.

Written by Nick


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