Statement from USD President on FBI Probe

Dear Campus Community,

This morning, University of San Diego officials were notified of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation that resulted in the arrest of two former USD athletes, and a former athletics department employee.  We are informed that former students Brandon Dowdy and Brandon Johnson, and former assistant coach Thaddeus Brown, are three of ten people who have been indicted for charges arising out of an alleged “conspiracy to commit sports bribery, to operate an illegal sports bookmaking service, and to distribute marijuana.”

These are very serious allegations and the university is fully cooperating with the investigation.  Shortly after learning about the probe, USD representatives contacted the NCAA to inform them about the situation.

This story is expected to garner intense media interest. Please be reminded that all contact with the media on behalf of the University of San Diego must be referred to the Office of Public Affairs, (619) 260-4681.

As a values-based institution, USD is committed to the principles of integrity, fairness and equity.  While the investigation continues, we will do everything we can to support our campus community allowing our students and faculty to focus their attention on a successful end of another academic year.


Mary E. Lyons, Ph.D.