Who’s ready for some more news from the NCAA following the FBI’s investigation into college basketball, specifically regarding the Kansas basketball program?
According to Seth Davis of The Athletic, the NCAA has officially delivered its response to Kansas regarding the Notice of Allegations the program received back in September.
“The NCAA has delivered its reply to Kansas’ response to the Notice of Allegations regarding potential violations in its basketball program,” Davis said in a tweet. “KU likely to issue statement and/or docs today or later this week.”
In the original Notice of Allegations, the NCAA alleged that Kansas committed five Level I violations, the most severe of potential offenses. The NCAA charged the Kansas program with lack of institutional control and Bill Self with a “head coach responsibility” charge, along with three other recruiting-related Level I violations.
For comparison’s sake, the Louisville basketball program received one Level I allegation and three Level II violations on Monday for their part in the pay-for-play scandal.
The recruiting charges were related to Kansas’ relationship with with former Adidas consultants Merl Code, TJ Gassnola and Dan Cutler and former Adidas employee Jim Gatto, along with the recruitments of Silvio De Sousa, Billy Preston and DeAndre Ayton.
Kansas’ response, which came back in March, claimed the allegations were “based entirely on the erroneous premise that Adidas, an independent corporate entity, and its employees and consultants, were boosters of KU’s athletics program.”
“If Adidas, its employees and consultants were not boosters of KU’s athletics programs, regardless of contractual obligations, and if Self did not know or had no reason to know they were boosters, then Self is not accountable for their actions,” the response said, via 247Sports.
According to the NCAA, this response will be the final stage of the prehearing process, meaning the next step will be to officially begin the Committee on Infractions Hearing. Following the response, there will be a hearing and deliberation process, with a final decision on potential punishments coming shortly after.
Will the NCAA drop the hammer on Kansas?