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The NCAA sends Kansas a 92-page response in battle over recruiting violations

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The University of Kansas and the NCAA are engaging in a war of words.

Kansas has been accused of committing five Level 1 violations, the most severe charges that can be brought against a program. It also includes the granddaddy of them all — lack of institutional control.

The indictment on Bill Self’s program was met with disdain. In short, the school’s response to the NCAA was, “DENY, DENY, DENY.” Shortly after that submission, Kansas invited Snoop Dog, Nasty Dogg and all of his acrobatic dancers to the school’s midnight madness. Now that a few months have passed, the NCAA has replied to Kansas’ response by dropping a 92-page document on their doorstep.

Filled with legal jargon, you can wade through all 92 pages here. I’m sure it’s all riveting. If you’d rather not read through the NCAA’s arguments, here are a couple of snippets that should raise a few eyebrows.

“While the football allegations involve alleged Level II and III violations, which are serious alleged violations, there can be no doubt the men’s basketball allegations are egregious, severe and are the kind that significantly undermine and threaten the NCAA Collegiate Model,” the NCAA enforcement staff wrote in its reply. “The institution secured significant recruiting and competitive advantages by committing alleged Level I men’s basketball violations. The institution, in taking its defiant posture in the case, is indifferent to how its alleged violations may have adversely impacted other NCAA institutions who acted in compliance with NCAA legislation.”

“Regarding the men’s basketball allegations, very few facts are in dispute,” the NCAA reply said. “The institution does not dispute that Adidas and its employee and consultant provided at least $100,000 to families of three men’s basketball student-athletes the institution was recruiting. Bill Self (Self), head men’s basketball coach, and Kurtis Townsend (Townsend), assistant men’s basketball coach, also do not dispute many of the facts related to Adidas and its representatives having contact with prospects, and that they regularly communicated with Adidas representatives about their recruitment of prospects.

Even though the NCAA brought out a few haymakers in their response, Kansas is not budging.

“The NCAA enforcement staff’s reply does not in any way change the University of Kansas’ position that the allegations brought against our men’s basketball program are simply baseless and littered with false representations,” Kansas’ statement from Thursday reads. “As the federal trial proved, Adidas employees intentionally concealed impermissible payments from the University and its coaching staff. The University has never denied these impermissible payments were made. For the NCAA enforcement staff to allege that the University should be held responsible for these payments is a distortion of the facts and a gross misapplication of NCAA Bylaws and case precedent. In addition, the enforcement staff’s assertion that KU refuses to accept responsibility is wrong. The University absolutely would accept responsibility if it believed that violations had occurred, as we have demonstrated with other self-reported infractions. Chancellor Girod, Jeff Long and KU stand firmly behind Coach Self, his staff and our men’s basketball program, as well as our robust compliance program.”

The conflict will come to a head as the two sides debate on whether or not T.J. Gassnola and others from Adidas acted as representatives of the school. It’s a matter of splitting legal hairs, but the NCAA uses pretty wide-ranging language to define “representatives of the institution’s athletic interests.”

“The institution, Self and Townsend have accepted no responsibility for this conduct,” the NCAA’s opening statement reads. “They assert that Adidas and four of its employees or consultants are not representatives of the institution’s athletic interests.”

Now that the two parties have gone back and forth, the Committee of Infractions will host Kansas for a hearing. When their day in court will take place is only a guess at this point, thanks to the Coronavirus.

You can find more on the ongoing investigation at CBS Sports and ESPN.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

15 Comments for The NCAA sends Kansas a 92-page response in battle over recruiting violations



  1. serdi
    8:12 pm May 7, 2020 Permalink

    You go Jayhawks.

    Until they hammer the biggest cheater of all time, North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Kansas is doing the right thing.

    Tell the NCAA to stick it.



  2. Cletis75
    8:13 pm May 7, 2020 Permalink

    Be difiant!Worked for UNCheat!



    • BobbyBlue
      8:47 pm May 7, 2020 Permalink

      All Emmert is concerned with is his insane $4 mill salary.
      Emmert should have been fired and replaced, immediately after he let the Tarholes get away with playing ineligible players to win 3 titles.



  3. UKinIN
    8:31 pm May 7, 2020 Permalink

    This will be the defense all schools use. It was the shoe company not the basketball program.



  4. Davey McCrockett
    8:45 pm May 7, 2020 Permalink

    Do you think they will have hell toupee?



  5. DelrayCat
    8:50 pm May 7, 2020 Permalink

    That picture…blunts, babes, and basketball….hell yes!…LOL. I was trying to remember if that was after the UL/Pitino Stripper scandal? The optics of this now is hilarious.



  6. Rick_S
    10:19 pm May 7, 2020 Permalink

    Townsend is on tape willing to “do whatever it takes to get Zion”



  7. lexattorney
    10:45 pm May 7, 2020 Permalink

    Nothing to see here, just some clickbait during a period when literally nothing is happening in sports except the Korean Baseball Organization (which is awesome BTW). We all really know in our hearts that this will drag on and on and on “because of the pandemic” and then be swept under the rug never to be seen again once all sports reopen and everyone’s attention is diverted. Kansas, Louisville, Arizona, LSU et al will skate by unscathed while Olivier Sarr makes a boatload of money in Europe before coming back for next year’s draft.



    • JASUN74
      4:03 am May 8, 2020 Permalink

      I don’t really care who got away with what, Kansas needs to be burnt to the ground. They’ve cheated for so long now they don’t even know what cheating is. It’s time to make examples out of these schools and NC should be one of them as well. But Kansas Louisville And LSU have to go down hard. Of course they won’t be anything near what we got for being set up back in the 80s but still. They all need a three year disbandment for their sports teams. Haha. Yeah right. A man can dream. Go Cats



  8. UKfanman01
    11:38 pm May 7, 2020 Permalink

    KU will win. How quick people forget about the whole Jackson saga and what trash he was. He, nor the university, ever served punishment for his erratic, entitled, and careless behavior. He was trouble from day one, and his mom is one of the people that received payments.



  9. itsfootballtimeinthebluegrass
    12:17 am May 8, 2020 Permalink

    Fukin bitchhes ha ha Kansas paid snoop dogg and strippers



  10. OldSchool606
    1:02 am May 8, 2020 Permalink

    Maybe the whole thing will be swept under the ‘rug’ as an act of Self defense ?



  11. Headhurts
    6:16 am May 8, 2020 Permalink

    At the very least Kansas is throwing their recruiting buddy (adidas) under the bus so Kansas should have wear sketchers brand now.



  12. dhard
    7:28 am May 8, 2020 Permalink

    Like UNC, Duke, LSU, Arizona and others, nothing will happen. However, the NCAA will be so angry with these schools, they will put [email protected] University on permanent probation for allowing an athlete to eat a cheeseburger bought by a booster.



  13. Fitz
    8:22 am May 8, 2020 Permalink

    I happen to disagree with those who think the NCAA will give out passes on major sanctions to the big time programs this time around. LSU is next up for notifications. There’s a good chance UofL gets the death penalty, although the actions they took like cleaning house may prevent them from death row.

    UNC got off the hook only because the bogus class taken by athletes was attended by more than 65% of the general student body making it difficult for the NCAA to prove the lay up curriculum was designed to keep jocks eligible.