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Duke learns Maggette accepted Piggie's money

In a statement released Tuesday, Duke University confirmed it had received notice from former Blue Devil basketball player Corey Maggette stating he had illegally received money from a coach while in high school.

Maggette, who left Duke after one season to play for the Orlando Magic, was scheduled to testify before a federal court in Kansas City yesterday on whether or not he was paid $2,000 to play for AAU coach Myron Piggie. However, the hearing was cancelled based on Maggette's public statement.

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