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.”