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NCAA delivers response to Kansas following Notice of Allegations

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?

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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12 Comments for NCAA delivers response to Kansas following Notice of Allegations

  1. lexattorney
    3:23 pm May 6, 2020 Permalink

    Kansas will get nothing, Louisville will get “credit for time served” and Olivier Sarr will be declared permanently ineligible for committing to Kentucky.

    • KentuckyVSEveryone
      3:42 pm May 6, 2020 Permalink

      This ^^^^^

    • BMT
      4:02 pm May 6, 2020 Permalink

      I agree on Kansas (although the NCAA might punish Kansas State instead just to make an example of somebody with Kansas in their name). Louisville might get something else out of their shenanigans although I doubt Pitino will. Unfortunately, I don’t have very high hopes that Sarr ever plays at Kentucky. At Duke, though, his waiver would be a foregone conclusion.

  2. Headhurts
    3:46 pm May 6, 2020 Permalink


  3. Han
    4:34 pm May 6, 2020 Permalink

    “Later this week” means Kansas will dump their response Friday afternoon/evening to try to dodge media attention. Unfortunately for them, scandal news is about the only sports news right now.

  4. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    4:48 pm May 6, 2020 Permalink

    Snippets from a call between Self and Emmird***
    Self “I didn’t know paying players was illegal”
    Emmird*** “Calipari made you do it so will punish him by making Sarr ineligible”
    Self “Works for me”
    Emmird*** “And for your inconvenience we’re declaring you the 2019-20 champions”
    Self “What if we don’t have a tournament this year?”
    Emmird*** “You can have that one to”

  5. Looother
    6:24 pm May 6, 2020 Permalink

    “Will the NCAA drop the hammer on Kansas?”


  6. bigb
    6:30 pm May 6, 2020 Permalink


  7. UKFanSC
    6:51 pm May 6, 2020 Permalink

    I cannot envision a scenario where Kansas goes from multiple Level 1 violations to skating. Dear lord that can’t happen. I’ve been rubbing my hands like Mr Burns for 3 years about this.

  8. Lip Man 1
    7:55 pm May 6, 2020 Permalink

    Those conversations on tape with Self make it hard for the NCAA to ignore punishment. But…this IS the NCAA so who knows for sure. Would love to see it though.

  9. OldSchool606
    8:58 pm May 6, 2020 Permalink

    There should be Hell Toupee for Self & Kansas

  10. Heavy C
    5:13 pm May 8, 2020 Permalink

    Based on the wording, describing Kansas indiscretions contained in their own summary, if they do not issue severe sanctions, they wilm have Zero Credibility going forward *not that they had much anyway?