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Is Kansas up next in the FBI probe of college basketball?


Uh oh, Kansas.

The FBI told the Kansan newspaper that it has documents related to the University of Kansas and its deal with adidas, but those documents cannot be released due to an ongoing legal investigation.

The Kansan had requested any documents related to KU and adidas, through a Freedom of Information Act request.

The denial of the request doesn’t necessarily mean Kansas is in any kind of trouble, but it does mean the FBI is currently looking into the program. Bill Self is probably an little uneasy right now, to say the least.

After news of the FBI’s probe into college basketball broke a couple of weeks ago, KU officials said the school had not been contacted by any federal authorities. Either someone was lying or the FBI moved on to Lawrence after the first wave of arrests and discoveries.

Uh oh, Kansas.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

23 responses to “Is Kansas up next in the FBI probe of college basketball?”

  1. Ruppstartedit

    Well so much for the bogus idea that if you haven’t been contacted, it won’t happen. Never made sense to me but I like to have something to hope upon. The NCAA has set up rules so involved and stringent that noone can follow them exactly.

    1. timbo

      What?!?!?!

    2. runningunnin.454

      This is the FBI, not the NCAA; and I don’t think anyone can plead ignorance about facilitating a money exchange to a recruit for his services.
      But, the newspaper must have jumped right on this…I’m sure the FBI receives a lot of FOIA requests, and it seems odd that they would have received an answer this fast; the government is not known for speed.

    3. RealCatsFan

      No telling what the FBI will find hiding under Bill Self’s hairpiece. Great photoshop job, Drew. You are beginning to master the art.

      If UK emerges from all of this unscathed, Sandy Bell will deserve a huge raise.

    4. VinDatuk

      If we come out of this unscathed, they should hang her pant suit from the Rupp rafters.

    5. ClutchCargo

      Why do some of you seem to think that the only thing standing between UK and certain probation is Sandy Bell, and that she has done anything beyond what she was hired to do? Do you suspect Cal is no better than some of these other coaches we all have so much fun bashing?

    6. RealCatsFan

      What we are hoping is that she is so thorough that she will not allow something stupid to occur, like a recruit with questionable grades getting through, or an agent / booster getting to a kid behind the scenes. Now, I have no idea if this kind of thing is her area of responsibility, but if not, I hope SOMEONE is on top of it. I don’t worry a whole lot that Cal would intentionally do something against the rules – he has way too much to lose for little gain. Rather, I am more worried about a repeat of the Rose or Camby situation, where something happened off the radar.

  2. MikesWay

    Props on the picture.

  3. riandri

    Wiggins… If I recall correctly all appeared a done deal with Wiggins to Kentucky. Then last minute swing towards Kansas. Will be interesting to see if a last minute swing was due to adidas. Popping more popcorn…

    1. Mathlete

      I don’t know Wiggins’ situation before he went to the NBA, but John Wall’s logic is sound – if you’ve always been broke but getting by, what’s being broke for one more year before you make millions?

    2. VinDatuk

      And Wiggins wasn’t broke. Wiggins Dad had mild success in the NBA and then a decent career overseas.There are a lot of other guys that ended up at KU that are more suspicious than Wiggins, IMO.

    3. a21CATSfan

      And Wiggins ended up with Adidas. This may be nothing, but wasn’t this all started by guys wanting to help Adidas get future talent on their roster?

  4. secrick

    Calling BS on this, the FBI is done with this.

    1. Mathlete

      It’s massively enhancing the career profiles of the investigators involved, to paraphrase Mark Stoops “they’re just getting started, bro.”

  5. USN Goblin

    FOIA requests are required to be responded to in 30 days (not taking into account requested extensions). If no response is to be forthcoming, it is a bit simpler. Luckily we still kind of have a somewhat transparent government in which a FOIA request can be made.

  6. Aar

    Have any of the Lexington media outlets made a similar Freedom of Information inquiry with the FBI about our Wildcats? If so, what were the results?

    1. 3Goggles

      Id bet the house that Jerry Tipton has

    2. J-Dub421

      According to UK, they have not been contacted by the FBI.

    3. east-ky-boy

      We aren’t a adidas school

  7. RealCatsFan

    Not crying any tears for Kansas to say the least, but what the hell happened to the announcement that was supposed to be forthcoming in regards to the UNCheat scandal?

    1. Mathlete

      speak of the devil and he’ll tell you he’ll be there tomorrow, apparently?

  8. UK96Champs

    Rock Chop Jayhawk

  9. Dee

    Well done on the Photoshop. Bravo, Sir.