Originally published November 21, 2019 at 02:05p.m., updated November 21, 2019 at 03:59p.m.

Countdown begins for KU’s response to NCAA allegations of recruiting violations

FILE - In this March 14, 2012, file photo, a player runs across the NCAA logo during practice in Pittsburgh before an NCAA tournament college basketball game. What some call the sleezy side of college basketball recruiting will be on display at a criminal trial starting Monday, Oct. 1, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

FILE - In this March 14, 2012, file photo, a player runs across the NCAA logo during practice in Pittsburgh before an NCAA tournament college basketball game. What some call the sleezy side of college basketball recruiting will be on display at a criminal trial starting Monday, Oct. 1, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)


The University of Kansas now has until mid-February to respond to the NCAA’s accusations of recruiting violations by its men’s basketball program, along with other alleged infractions.

The university on Thursday said that the NCAA set a deadline of Feb. 19, 2020, or 90 days from Thursday, for KU to respond to an NCAA Notice of Allegations that it received on Sept. 23.

The NCAA had previously suspended its usual 90-day clock for schools to respond to charges, the Associated Press reported.

The NOA — the NCAA’s equivalent of an indictment — charged the KU program with lack of institutional control, charged the men's basketball program with three Level 1 violations and charged Self with a "responsibility charge." Level 1 violations are deemed the most serious and can include penalties such as scholarship reductions and postseason bans.

Additionally, the KU football program was charged with Level 2 violations, which included allowing an extra coach to work during practice under former head coach David Beaty.

The allegations against KU's basketball program center around three former Adidas representatives who have been convicted of federal fraud charges related to a scheme to pay the families of recruits to attend certain schools, including KU.

A key contention by the NCAA is that former Adidas consultant T.J. Gassnola was acting as a booster of KU when he paid $90,000 to the mother of former KU team member Billy Preston and $2,500 to the guardian of current player Silvio De Sousa. Gassnola admitted in federal court to those payments.

William H. Brooks, an Alabama attorney who has represented universities facing NCAA infractions, told the Journal-World in June that it's not uncommon for a university to receive an extension on the response deadline. When the NCAA suspended its deadlines in September, an NCAA infractions committee official said it was part of an effort to better manage a number of complex cases — including one filed against North Carolina State — following a federal corruption investigation into the sport.

With the new deadline, it appears unlikely that the case will affect KU's current basketball season.

Brooks previously told the Journal-World that once the NCAA enforcement staff receives KU's response, it has 60 days to file a reply and a “statement of the case,” which outlines the overall summary of the case. The NCAA Committee on Infractions, which is made up of attorneys and current and former university officials from across the country, will then schedule a hearing date, which gives the university and the enforcement staff a chance to make their cases. The committee will then issue a ruling, which often comes several months later, Brooks said.

When the Committee on Infractions makes its ruling, the university will for the first time see which penalties it is facing. If penalties are sanctioned, the university then has the opportunity to appeal the decision and the penalties. A ruling on an appeal does not have any specific timeline, Brooks said.


Phil Leister 2 years ago

So Penny Hardaway, a "booster" of Memphis, paid James Wiseman $11k and he gets hit with a 12 game suspension. Done, over with.

Meanwhile, a "booster" paid Billy Preston's mom some money and he never played a minute. Silvio gets $2500 from a "booster" and loses an entire season.

Someone please explain why we get a notice of allegations and Memphis does not?

Dale Rogers 2 years ago

And, also, why did it take a whole week for the NCAA to conclude the Wiseman situation but close to a year for them to decide on de Sousa?

I always thought Memphis is in Tennessee but I guess it's actually in North Carolina.

John Strayer 2 years ago

I don't think the NCAA is done with Memphis...they may be done with the player just like the NCAA is done with Silvio. But pretty sure the school has more to come.

Tony Bandle 2 years ago

If it was up to me, my KU response to the NCAA would be, SEE YOU IN COURT!!!!!!!!!!!

Adam Bengtson 2 years ago

Who is this tool that keeps writing on this site and it’s the same recycled article.

Joe Black 2 years ago

Dylan Lysen is trying to make a name for "them"selves as a top notch investigative reporter so don't try to rain on "their" parade. Sorry I was confused as to what pronoun to use, it a crap shoot these days.

Bryce Landon 2 years ago

So in other words, this won't be settled until after the season.

So if KU gets hit with a postseason ban, it won't be for 2020.

Barry Weiss 2 years ago

The NCAA is a joke and it appears all schools are finally starting to fight them.

Stuart Corder 2 years ago

The NCAA is fighting a losing battle.

They are bleeding out as more and more universities go solo for their own sponsorships and media contracts (like the SEC network or the Longhorn Network).

Nike owns the NCAA, just like it has monopolized the NFL and NBA w/ official “sponsorships”.

  • Memphis = Nike
  • UNC = Nike
  • Duke = Nike ———————- Thus far, to my knowledge only KU and NC State have been named as 2 of 6 NCAA schools that were going to have major sanctions levied against them as a result of the FBI probe.

How much you wanna bet that the none of the other four schools are “Nike”, but instead either recently signed sponsorships with Under Armor or Adidas? I hope I’m wrong and the NCAA is fair and balanced...LOL

Andy Godwin 2 years ago

The NCAA is far from consistent and the level of frustration continues to build. The NCAA continues to lose respect with universities and athletic departments and could be a thing of the past. The latest involved Tom Izzo, who most all respect, showing his frustration with the way the NCAA handles cases of eligibility.

“There seems to be some growing concern of coaches of NCAA decisions not being consistent. The Associated Press has reported that Michigan State coach Tom Izzo “abruptly resigned from a coaches board Thursday, angered after the NCAA denied an appeal from forward Joey Hauser to play this season” while allowing others to play without sitting out the year. No rhyme or reason with their decision process. See article on ESPN.

Greg Lux 2 years ago

Damn I hope they don't ban the football program from post season play ..... aaaaagh...

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