The KANSAS JAYHAWKS and their head coach BILL SELF have been alleged to have committed three level one violations with notice of a lack of institutional control. If proven true, Coach Self could be suspended for one or more seasons and the program could suffer punishments of one-to-five year postseason bans and restrictions on scholarships and recruiting. The KU program is in deep do do sports fans.
The investigation by the NCAA will be ongoing and the charges found true or not by the summer of 2020. Kansas administration has indicated that they will cooperate fully with the investigation. It is also known that the charges will be fought by KU and the Jayhawks basketball program will not go down without a fight.
From CBS Sports: Kansas’ alleged violations in basketball stem from the FBI’s recent investigation into the sport related to corruption and bribery. The probe roped in Kansas when T.J. Gassnola, a former Adidas consultant, testified about his involvement in funneling money to the mother of former KU basketball player Billy Preston and to the guardian of current KU basketball player Silvio De Sousa. Last week, reports surfaced indicating an NOA — with major rules violations allegations — was likely imminent for the program.
This evening, the Jayhawk administration began their defense with a statement from Kansas’ Office of Public Affairs. In part, it reads as follows:
It is already clear from an initial review that the University will fiercely dispute in detail much of what has been presented.
First and foremost, the University emphasizes that it emphatically rejects the assertion that Adidas and Adidas employees and associates were boosters and agents of the University (as defined by NCAA legislation) during the period of the alleged violations and therefore acting on the University’s behalf when they engaged in alleged violations of NCAA bylaws.
As for the allegations regarding Head Men’s Basketball Coach Bill Self, voluminous evidence demonstrates uncontestably that he did, in fact, promote an atmosphere of compliance and fully monitor his staff. The University firmly and fully supports Coach Self and his staff. […]
The University strongly disagrees with the assertion that it “lacks of institutional control.” In fact, the University believes that the record will demonstrate just the opposite. […]
We understand this is a unique moment in collegiate athletics, and we recognize the NCAA finds itself in a challenging position. But we don’t believe these allegations are the most appropriate way to address long-standing challenges in college basketball.
Bill Self’s response: “Every student-athlete who has ever played for me and their families know we follow the rules. These allegations are serious and damaging to the university and to myself, and I hate that KU has to go through this process. With our staff’s full cooperation, these allegations will be addressed within NCAA procedures and with urgency and resolve. I will strenuously defend myself and the program, but I will respect the process and will not speak to the details of the case.”
One must ask, did Kansas win all those Big Twelve titles in men’s basketball breaking the rules of the NCAA? What part did Bill Self have in the alleged violations and did he fail to monitor HIS program? And finally, is the Kansas men’s basketball program dirty? Time will tell.
Feature Photo: Bill Self, KU head coach (kansascity.com)