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Bill Self threatening to sue NCAA for negligence, defamation, and fraud

Kansas head coach Bill Self is willing to fight back with the NCAA.

According to a report by ESPN’s Mark Schlabach, Self’s attorney, Scott Tompsett, has filed a letter to the NCAA threatening legal action as a result of its investigation into the Kansas basketball program.

In the letter sent to NCAA vice president of legal affairs and general counsel Scott Bearby, Tompsett says the purpose of the letter is to “formally put the NCAA on notice of Mr. Self’s current and prospective claims against the NCAA relating to the NCAA’s infractions investigation of the KU men’s basketball program and Mr. Self.”

Should he bring legal action against the NCAA, it will be for negligence, defamation, and fraud, among other claims.

“Without limiting Mr. Self’s claims, he is considering bringing legal action against the NCAA and NCAA officers, employees and representatives for negligence, breach of contract, defamation, fraud, tortious interference with contract and tortious interference with prospective contract,” Tompsett’s letter states, via ESPN.

Kansas has been charged with five Level I violations, the most severe, including lack of institutional control. Self has personally been charged with head-coach responsibility violations, which could result in a significant suspension beyond the program’s anticipated sanctions.

Tompsett wrote that the allegations “are erroneously premised upon an arbitrary, misguided and unprecedented interpretation and application of NCAA booster and recruiting legislation,” adding that the NCAA must preserve all evidence related to the investigation relating to Self and the Kansas program.

“To put it bluntly, the NCAA enforcement staff is attempting to end Mr. Self’s long and very successful coaching career for conduct which all coaches engage in and which the NCAA has known for many years is commonplace and permissible.”


Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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31 Comments for Bill Self threatening to sue NCAA for negligence, defamation, and fraud

  1. kentuckybackupplayer
    3:16 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

    I am sure the NCAA asked Kansas to send this letter so they will have another excuse not to do anything to Kansas.

  2. dukehater71
    3:25 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

    Nothing will happen to Kansas or Self. Write it down.

  3. ClutchCargo
    3:27 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

    TLDR: Self knows he is screwed and has nothing to lose by doing this.

    So, now the NCAA is about to get sued for selective enforcement. I’m here for it! If he loses, he and Kansass get whacked, and I’m good with that too.

    • IrishCat
      8:05 am June 20, 2020 Permalink

      Good point. Let that mud fly.

  4. Cletis75
    4:22 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

    I am good with it. This will force the NCAA hand to either punish the UNC’s and Dukes, and their head coaches or let everyone do what they have been doing. It’s bullspit to allow those 2 schools skate with all the evidence they have had. While punishing all of the other schools. With the NIL getting rammed down their throats and other schools getting tired of the selective punishment of smaller schools, I truly hope this is their demise. I hope all of the smaller programs file suit for discriminatory practices against them.

  5. UKgrad80
    4:29 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

    Well if you weren’t a cheater no one would be calling you a cheater!

  6. UKFanSC
    4:42 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

    I believe the word is temerity……

  7. 4everUKBlue
    4:58 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

    Thank you Bill, I needed a good laugh.

  8. bbn606
    5:05 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

    Sue them Bill, we are with you.

  9. OldSchool606
    5:12 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

    There will be hell toupee from Self to the NCAA

    • T-Town Cat
      6:06 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

      Good one. Self – Hair today, gone tomorrow?

    • UKFanSC
      6:47 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

      Give that man a sharoot !!

  10. Realme
    5:37 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

    Is there such a thing as a preemptive hail Mary?

  11. T-Town Cat
    6:05 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

    Participating in the NCAA is voluntary. Can you sue a club in which you are a voluntary member if they state you have violated the known rules of that membership?

    • TonyMontana
      6:10 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

      This is America, you can sue anybody, up to and including yourself, deceased people and the unborn.

    • CrystalBall
      10:46 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

      Tarkanian attempted to sue the NCAA. Courts said couldn’t. Assume that is still true. Maybe
      we will find out.

    • Bluebloodtoo
      8:13 am June 20, 2020 Permalink

      Some of the things he’s claiming are not related to membership. Why was this evidence thrown out of court in the first place? If it wasn’t admissible in that court, good chance it’s not admissible in another, right? But just because it’s not admissable in court doesn’t mean the NCAA can’t act on it against their members.

  12. Hot Stuff Eddie Gilbert
    10:52 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

    None of this matters. The NCAA will either not exist in 5 years or it will look very different. The NCAA will be powerless. And all these schools that are in trouble will be able to restore wins, hang back up banners…etc.

    • IrishCat
      8:06 am June 20, 2020 Permalink

      I think that’s likely.

    • WILDCATS1968
      10:49 am June 20, 2020 Permalink

      Well then, would it not matter for 5 years then ?I hope the NCAA crushes the Duke Kansas, and UNC’s of the world that have skated for years, before they become powerless. Hair De Hair De, the Honorable NCAA resides over the Kansas pay to play case. One of two things, give them liberty, or give them DEATH.

  13. ukkatzfan
    11:32 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

    Fraud ? Is that like wearing a wig ?

  14. Righteous1
    12:33 am June 20, 2020 Permalink

    Let’s clarify this! 4EverUK Blue you are definitely a member of the Cal Bitches Club! No one on this site would dispute that! Only a matter of time until the “Ambassador” gets caught with his hand in the Cookie Jar! See UMass and Memphis for proof! No matter what, you are definitely a total idiot!!!!!

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      10:10 am June 20, 2020 Permalink

      Mashburnfan, is that you?

    • Lip Man 1
      1:07 pm June 20, 2020 Permalink

      Right: Just FYI, in the Sports Illustrated story on Cal a few years ago they noted that in the Memphis investigation Cal actually got a letter from the NCAA stating that he was not a subject of the investigation nor did they feel he had anything to do with it.

      I asked some college coaches I worked with about that and they said that was unprecedented, that the NCAA would send a letter like that.

  15. DavidP19
    6:41 am June 20, 2020 Permalink

    I tend to believe that a reflection of a ‘total idiot’ would most definitely be seen by a Righteous1 in his own mirror.

    • UKgrad80
      9:31 am June 20, 2020 Permalink

      Obviously Righteous1 did not delve into the two cases involving Cal very deeply. Neither case was Cal involved in any wrong doing both were totally out of his control. Haters will be haters! No R1 I am not a member of CBC in fact he could leave tomorrow and I would be fine with it. But not going to put up with idiots like you not making baseless accusations.

  16. wildcat369
    10:29 am June 20, 2020 Permalink

    I can’t wait to see his proof that “all coaches engage in” the same conduct. That should be really interesting.

    • Bluebloodtoo
      1:50 pm June 20, 2020 Permalink

      I expect that their is some amount of validity to his claim.

  17. jim tom
    11:35 am June 20, 2020 Permalink

    We’re all in this together

  18. Lip Man 1
    1:05 pm June 20, 2020 Permalink

    The guy has some stones I’ll give him that. I mean they’ve got him on tape…it’s not like they are pulling this out of thin air. But that’s the deal today…co-operate and you get hammered, threaten legal action and the NCAA backs down like the cowards they are.