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Report: NCAA about to notify Kansas of ‘multiple major violations’

Ready for a Friday afternoon news dump? According to the Kansas City Star, the NCAA is about to issue a notice of allegations to the Kansas men’s basketball program that will detail “multiple major violations.”

The NCAA has been investigating Kansas for the past several months after the Jayhawks were named in the FBI’s probe into the pay-for-play recruiting scheme. Former Adidas employee T.J. Gassnola testified in federal court last October that he made payments on behalf of the shoe company to the mother of Kansas basketball player Billy Preston and the guardian of fellow Jayhawk Silvio De Sousa. Gassnola was sentenced to probation, while De Sousa was given a two-year suspension by the NCAA, which was later reduced to one year following Kansas’ appeal.

Kansas assistant Kurtis Townsend was also heard on an FBI wiretap discussing what the Jayhawks needed to do to land Zion Williamson. As for Bill Self’s involvement, Gassnola testified that Kansas’ head coach was not aware of the payments; however, text messages between Self, Gassnola, and Townsend suggest otherwise.

[Kansas City Star]

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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30 Comments for Report: NCAA about to notify Kansas of ‘multiple major violations’



  1. kentuckybackupplayer
    5:03 pm September 20, 2019 Permalink

    It’s not like they hired hookers for the players



  2. nocode96
    5:10 pm September 20, 2019 Permalink

    Is this it? Like, what we’ve been waiting for forever? I’m excited honestly.



  3. ChetSteadmansSalisburySteak
    5:10 pm September 20, 2019 Permalink

    The dust will settle and Bill Self will still have a job, and KU will be on probation. Nothing to see here. Unless the name is John Calipari, the NCAA has no interest.



    • 4everUKblue
      5:16 pm September 20, 2019 Permalink

      Bingo!



    • ClutchCargo
      5:46 pm September 20, 2019 Permalink

      If they get whacked for multiple major violations, I can’t imagine he would not be fired. That’s institutional control stuff there, and a housecleaning would almost certainly happen.



    • ukcamel
      12:06 am September 21, 2019 Permalink

      If they give Self a “show cause” penalty then he is gone, if not he stays. I’d bet my last dollar.



  4. mashman 93
    5:11 pm September 20, 2019 Permalink

    Well I’ll be looks like Saint Self might be in some trouble after all.



  5. Megan
    5:13 pm September 20, 2019 Permalink

    NCAA Division I Bylaw 11.1.1.1 states that a head coach is presumed to be responsible for the actions of all staff members who report, directly or indirectly, to the head coach. The head coach will be held accountable for violations in the program unless he or she can rebut the presumption of responsibility.

    A head coach may rebut the presumption by showing that he or she (1) promotes an atmosphere of compliance within the program, and (2) monitors the activities of staff members who report, directly
    or indirectly, to the coach.

    So even if he weren’t aware of the payments, Coach Self doesn’t necessarily escape responsibility. This is how the NCAA got Brown, Boeheim and Pitino, even though they all denied knowledge and passionately argued they couldn’t have done more. The NCAA has set a very high bar to rebut the presumption of responsibility, including frequent spot-checks, actively looking for and evaluating red flags, asking pointed questions, and regularly soliciting honest feedback to determine if monitoring systems existed or were functioning properly.



    • makeitstop
      5:36 pm September 20, 2019 Permalink

      Yes but section 2 says: unless the coach is the head Men’s Basketball Coach at Duke, Kansas or UNC.



    • BobbyBlue
      11:38 am September 21, 2019 Permalink

      What about Arizona —- they have been cheating going back to Lute Olson.
      Now Miller is on tape but Emmerts corrupt organization is using the excuse that the taping of him was not entered in a court trial, so they can not use it.
      Talk about Teflon—



    • VirginiaCat
      7:10 pm September 20, 2019 Permalink

      Nice research. Refreshing to read a post that is fact based.



    • UKFanSC
      10:46 pm September 20, 2019 Permalink

      Agreed



    • runningunnin.454
      11:59 pm September 20, 2019 Permalink

      I agree about section 2, makeitstop. “DeSousa was given a two year suspension; but, it was reduced to one year following Kansas’ appeal”. This guy is going to play for Self next season.
      The ncaa will bend over backward to be “fair”, flexible, and accommodating to Bill Self and Kansas
      Nothing will happen to a coach who was caught red handed holding the smoking gun.



  6. 4everUKblue
    5:15 pm September 20, 2019 Permalink

    Notifying and taking action are two different things. Nothing to see here, move along.



  7. shelby3605
    5:47 pm September 20, 2019 Permalink

    Get done with KU and get to Louisville.



    • GoCards4ever
      9:28 am September 21, 2019 Permalink

      Haven’t we been through enough.



    • Ez21
      9:43 am September 21, 2019 Permalink

      Never



  8. kentuckybackupplayer
    5:57 pm September 20, 2019 Permalink

    I am waiting for UK to start offering fake classes to all the students like Uncheat so I can go get my degree in medicine.



  9. A_Blue_Wildcat
    6:18 pm September 20, 2019 Permalink

    Nothing will happen. UNC was also notified of violations and we saw how that ended. I hope I’m wrong but when was the last time a blue blood program actually got hit by violating rules, us from the Sutton days?



    • mashman 93
      8:02 pm September 20, 2019 Permalink

      I think Kansas got hit in 1989 Roy Williams first year ad coach due some violations under Larry Brown. Does anyone remember if Indiana was sanctioned after Kelvin Sampson was fired?



    • A_Blue_Wildcat
      8:09 pm September 20, 2019 Permalink

      Oops forgot about Indiana, my bad



    • A_Blue_Wildcat
      8:10 pm September 20, 2019 Permalink

      Indiana got three year probation because of the Sampson situation



  10. lexattorney
    6:32 pm September 20, 2019 Permalink

    Uh oh! The NCAA won’t touch Teflon Bill but somebody like Alabama A&M is about to get the death penalty for some minor infraction to “make an example!”



    • MtnCat
      6:48 pm September 20, 2019 Permalink

      …what he said ^^^^



  11. nocode96
    6:57 pm September 20, 2019 Permalink

    For sure Missouri deserves the death penalty for this.



  12. TOMCATS1990
    6:59 pm September 20, 2019 Permalink

    Wonder if his hair piece is worried??



  13. serdi
    7:07 pm September 20, 2019 Permalink

    If I am KU, I tell the NCAA to stick it!

    When they hammer North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the we talk.

    I will be VERY DISAPPOINTED if Kansas doesn’t fight this till the bitter end



  14. 205cat
    7:47 pm September 20, 2019 Permalink

    you love to see it



  15. damage_control
    1:31 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

    Cue the deflection piece from Gary Parrish explaining how this is actually all UK and John Calipari’s fault.