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Originally published September 23, 2019 at 04:41p.m., updated September 23, 2019 at 07:16p.m.

KU officials confirm they have received notice of NCAA violations; will ‘fiercely dispute’ charges

Kansas head coach Bill Self reacts after a late turnover by the Jayhawks, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019 at Bramlage Coliseum.

Kansas head coach Bill Self reacts after a late turnover by the Jayhawks, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019 at Bramlage Coliseum.

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Story updated at 10:06 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23:

The integrity of KU’s men’s basketball program — and perhaps its vaunted streak of postseason appearances — came under attack Monday after the NCAA alleged head coach Bill Self and one of his assistants were complicit in major recruiting violations.

University of Kansas officials said they will “fiercely dispute” many of the allegations which include claims that Self both participated in some violations and knew of others that he failed to report. The NCAA also alleges that at least three athletic department administrators raised concerns about improper activity involving a representative of KU’s athletic apparel provider Adidas, but the athletic department did not take meaningful action to address the concerns.

The charges came Monday in the form of an official NCAA document — a Notice of Allegations document — that KU and much of the college basketball world have been waiting on for months. The NOA — the NCAA’s equivalent of an indictment — charges the KU program with lack of institutional control, three Level 1 violations in the men’s basketball program and Self with a “responsibility charge,” according to the report. Level 1 violations are deemed the most serious and can include penalties such as scholarship reductions and postseason bans.

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

“The University of Kansas has high standards of ethical conduct for all of our employees, and we take seriously any conduct that is antithetical to our values and mission,” Chancellor Douglas Girod said in a written statement released by KU. “While we will accept responsibility for proven violations of NCAA bylaws, we will not shy away from forcefully pushing back on allegations that the facts simply do not substantiate. We stand firmly behind Coach Self and our men’s basketball program, and we will continue to work diligently to do what is right.”

Many of the allegations 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.

An attorney for Self noted in a lengthy statement that the NCAA has not alleged that Self knew of any of those illicit payments. That mattered little to NCAA enforcement officials who listed at least six instances where Self knew of an NCAA rule violation related to recruiting and failed to report the violations as required by NCAA rules. The document alleges Self and key assistant Kurtis Townsend “willfully engaged in NCAA violations,” and “blatantly” disregarded the NCAA’s constitution.

In a written statement released by the university, Self accused the NCAA of overreacting, and falsely accusing him of violations.

“By the NCAA’s own admission through its public statements early this summer, it’s no secret that there is tremendous pressure on the NCAA to respond to the federal court proceedings involving college basketball,” Self said in the statement. “Compelled to reassure member institutions and the general public that it can police its member institutions, the NCAA enforcement staff has responded in an unnecessarily aggressive manner in submitting today’s unsubstantiated Notice of Allegations, and I, as well as the University, will vigorously dispute what has been alleged.”

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. The NCAA documents allege he also paid $15,000 to the friend of a third player, who ultimately attended another school.

While the report doesn’t allege that Self or Townsend knew of those payments, it is against NCAA rules for boosters to have virtually any contact with a potential recruit, regardless of whether money is involved. The report alleges that Self and Townsend knew of many illegal contacts Gassnola and other Adidas representatives were having with recruits, and they failed to report those violations.

KU said in its statement that it “emphatically rejects” the assertion that Adidas officials were boosters of the school. It also rejects the argument that Self didn’t promote a culture of compliance, saying “voluminous evidence demonstrates uncontestably that he did, in fact, promote an atmosphere of compliance and fully monitor his staff.”

Among the violations alleged by the NCAA:

• Self directly participated in a recruiting violation with Townsend, Adidas and Gassnola by making an impermissible offer to provide shoes or apparel to a club basketball team connected to a recruit or his representative.

• Self knew that Gassnola was improperly interacting with recruits at a Late Night in the Phog event. In addition, the NCAA alleges that KU athletic department officials knew that “three senior athletics department administrators identified red flags or concerns about the role and involvement” of Gassnola with the men’s basketball program. “However, the institution took no action to provide rules education to Gassnola or to monitor his involvement with the athletics program to ensure compliance with NCAA legislation.”

• Self knew of impermissible telephone calls Gassnola made to KU recruits in an effort to steer them to the school. In other instances he knew of Gassnola having impermissible personal contact with recruits. Self did not report the violations.

• Townsend knew of at least four recruiting violations made primarily by Adidas officials. Townsend did not report those violations. The report concludes Self either knew or should have known that Townsend knew of violations and did not act.

• Self knew Adidas representative Merl Code had impermissible contact with the family of a basketball recruit. Self did not report the violations.

• Self knew that Dan Cutler, an Adidas consultant had impermissible contact with a recruit. Self did not report the violation.

Cutler was a new name to the case, as he was not charged in any of the federal cases. He was not the only surprise name in the document. Former KU national championship coach Larry Brown was cited in the report. Brown, at Townsend’s urging, is alleged to have reached out to a KU recruit to talk the school up. Brown then reported back to KU that the recruit or his representative wanted athletic apparel to be provided to a club basketball team associated with the recruit.

Now that the university has received the NOA, it will have the chance to defend itself from possible sanctions. It’s unclear what sanctions the university could be facing, but loss of scholarships, postseason bans and forfeiture of wins are consistent with penalties handed out to other schools found to have lacked institutional control. Additionally, coach Self may be held responsible for the violations.

According to the NCAA’s manual, a “head coach is presumed to be responsible for the actions of all institutional staff members who report, directly or indirectly, to the head coach.” If the NCAA finds the coach responsible, he can be sanctioned with a suspension from NCAA activities.

In the document, the NCAA said KU could be subject to some of the more severe penalties allowed because the athletic department did not fully cooperate with the NCAA’s investigation. The NCAA alleges “the institution unnecessarily delayed the investigation,” by not timely producing certain documents, including all the telephone records of the head men’s basketball coach.

NCAA rules experts William H. Brooks, an Alabama lawyer who has represented universities facing NCAA infractions, told the Journal-World earlier this year that it could take a year after receiving a NOA before the matter is settled. He said the university will have up to 90 days to respond to the allegations and it’s not uncommon for the NCAA to grant an extension. The response is then sent to the NCAA enforcement staff, which 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 a university self-imposes penalties, Brooks said the university will be hoping the NCAA does not add any more penalties on top of those. KU on Monday made no mention of considering any self-imposed penalties.

In addition to the basketball allegations, which dominated the report, the NCAA alleges that Jeff Love, a football video coordinator on former coach David Beaty’s staff improperly acted as a coach for the team’s quarterbacks. As a video coordinator, NCAA rules prohibited him from providing coaching to players. KU self-reported the football violations, KU Athletic Director Jeff Long said.

Long made only a brief statement on the NCAA charges on Monday.

“Obviously, we are disappointed in the allegations leveled against our men’s basketball program as well as our self-reported violations from the previous football staff,” Long said in a written statement. “We strongly disagree with the allegations regarding men’s basketball. We fully support Coach Self and his staff, and we will vigorously defend the allegations against him and our University. As for the football violations, we fully met the requirements and our responsibility to the NCAA by self-reporting the violations when our compliance procedures uncovered the issues. I am confident in our process to respond to the allegations and look forward to resolving this matter.”

Sports Editor Matt Tait contributed to this report.

Comments

Adam Bengtson 1 month, 4 weeks ago

This is what it would take for me to walk away from KU basketball. Regardless if other schools are just as guilty and as two faced as NCAA this is pretty disappointing. It makes me feel like I am watching crap that doesn’t count when they come down with punishment that KU will get. Can’t say I’ll support. I pray we don’t get postseason ban.

Buck Bukaty 1 month, 4 weeks ago

BS, as you would imagine and expect from the NCAA. Bottom line is that such players were not played after accusations against such players were levied.

When are Duke and Arizona going to be fully vetted, besides their own in-house peek under their rugs?

Bee Bee 1 month, 4 weeks ago

National Communists Against Athletes. (Thank you, BOZ)

Robert Brown 1 month, 4 weeks ago

What does that even mean? It’s not a clever as you think it isn’t?

Stephen Burtin 1 month, 4 weeks ago

Obviously, these are serious charges, but it is a bit confusing on what the NCAA is going to do from here.

  1. De Sousa sat out a full year, was hit with another suspension, and KU won that appeal. So charges relating to him seem to have already been imposed and carried out.

  2. Billy Preston got in a wreck, was investigated internally by KU, and never logged a single minute of playing time after the investigation started. Again, penalties relating to this issue seem to have already been imposed and carried out.

At this point, they can question whether our coaches were involved, but after a year of being wiretapped all they have are shady/questionable conversations and no hard evidence.

That being said, we are going to get screwed.

Dane Pratt 1 month, 4 weeks ago

So what's the third violation? Josh Jackson?

Shannon Gustafson 1 month, 4 weeks ago

Yes, but it's the same circumstances as Bagley at Duke (shoe company paying parent that runs the AAU team) and that transaction was already found to be "legal" by the NCAA so I'm not sure where they are trying to go with that one.

Greg Ledom 1 month, 4 weeks ago

I guess we need the specifics because nothing presented here (other than it’s now formal) is new to anyone. The football inditement is new, but BFD. Substantiates why Beaty isn’t getting paid his $3MM. And so it begins.......

Suzi Marshall 1 month, 4 weeks ago

We shall go on to the end. ....We shall fight in the courts and in the media, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the press, we shall defend our school, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the bleachers, we shall fight on the play grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.....

Chris Morrison 1 month, 4 weeks ago

“Dictators ride to and fro on tigers from which they dare not dismount. And the tigers are getting hungry.”

Winston Churchill

Now rephrase with NCAA in place of dictators

Bryce Landon 1 month, 4 weeks ago

The only thing worse than a postseason ban would be getting victories vacated, including the 2018 Final Four run. KU is one of the few programs I know of to never have any basketball victories vacated. And I've always hated the punishment anyway because it's basically rewriting history.

As for the coaching staff, I would like to know exactly what they did or did not know and their level of involvement in these violations before I start calling for any heads to roll.

Dale Rogers 1 month, 4 weeks ago

How does this stack up with providing fake classes for athletes and providing grades for those classes? Similar penalties? Hmmm, I bet not. Maybe we should change our name to UNC.

Brian Skelly 1 month, 4 weeks ago

What's odd is that all of the items KU is getting dinged for now is already out there,  and has been for awhile now.   Im sure there is more information not out there yet, but I'd be curious as to how much.

I agree with the previous poster that the stuff with DeSouza seems like it was already dealt with -- they shortened his 2 year ban essentially to time served with last year -- is there more coming here?

I do believe the Billy Preston thing is probably where a lot of the issue is.    Nothing will ever make me think that Self, or someone one Self's staff was NOT aware of the car issue.    Sorry, it's just to convenient.    Im not saying they're the ones directly responsible.    But im comfortable they know who is.   And most things with this (and the DeSouza) that have come out from KU about this stuff is lawyer speak.

I'd argue the lack of institutional control will end up costing us post season at some point.   This year, next, who knows.

Unless KU, Self, and the NCAA are all on the same page when all of this is done,  I see there being a good chance Self will be gone.    Maybe not immediately.    But if these things crack into bigger things,  I see it as almost unavoidable.   Disappointing to say the least.    He and his coaches can't claim ignorance.

Len Shaffer 1 month, 4 weeks ago

I agree with everything you said except about Self being gone. It would be one thing if it was the cheating scandal like at UNC or something extremely serious. But none of this in my opinion rises to the level that it would cost Self his job or that he would walk away.

It's unfortunate that the other shoe seems to be dropping with a thud, but we'll get through this and keep chugging along.

I believe we may still be the only national champion to not be allowed to defend our title due to probation, so it would be ironic if our record NCAA tournament streak would also end that way.

Tim Orel 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Especially if the Jayhawks win the Big 12 this year and, perhaps, the post-season tourney, which would otherwise guarantee them a spot in the big dance.

Jeff Coffman 1 month, 4 weeks ago

Three Level I violations, I have a hard time accounting for them:

1) De Sousa - As noted, he played technically when ineligible, but KU was unaware of the $2500 payment. Once known they sat him, he received a penalty and paid for the penalty. I find this one, is the potential for vacating wins, but I find it very unlikely since a punishment was determined and he did it. If they go after KU for a $2500 payment for half the season, I think they are way off and KU will even start getting support.

2) Billy Preston is the most egregious, but he never played a minute. There can't be much in repercussions, except you had a paid person on your scholarship list, maybe you would lose a scholarship to make up for this.

3) This is the unknown, I don't know what the third issue would be.

Bill Self institutional control...now they are reaching. I'm guessing that they had KU and HCBS hypothetically put Gas as a booster to get DS reinstated. Then they used that to classify him as someone that was recruiting players and talking with Assistants and the head coach. This becomes a house of cards, that I believe, won't stand. I'm not sure this is going to end up good for support for the NCAA...this is going to hurt the NCAA's credibility with going after him because of some texts celebrating a nearly $200MM shoe/apparel deal.

Len Shaffer 1 month, 4 weeks ago

Since when has the NCAA given a f*** about their credibility???

Jeff Coffman 1 month, 4 weeks ago

It sounds like a Level II violation in football that suspends HC Beaty for a half of season of football. Do they use that to get about $500k back from Beaty? Does that explain why Beaty didn't seem to coach in at least half of the games, he was suspended, but standing on the sidelines? My guess is this will prevent Beaty from getting the full $3MM and they will be able to start negotiating a true settlement. I'm guessing it will be undisclosed, but somewhere in the neighborhood of 3/4 of the original amount will be paid.

Tim Orel 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Maybe KU will have to forfeit some victories and some bowl games. Oh, wait...

Barry Weiss 1 month, 4 weeks ago

Its time to fight the man. Normally I'm all for settling things but not this time. I hope we fight this with everything we got to the bitter end. Screw the NCAA. This stuff seems like chump change to what we read about from other schools.

Craig Carson 1 month, 4 weeks ago

I think the NCAA knows its reaching on some of these charges...

Len Shaffer 1 month, 4 weeks ago

Unfortunately it's hard to fight like hell when the other side has all the power ...

Ashwin Rao 1 month, 4 weeks ago

We are in free society. We can bring them to court... the same court that refused to let them bring more "evidence".

Suzi Marshall 1 month, 4 weeks ago

The law is on our side and that of the players.

Bee Bee 1 month, 4 weeks ago

They need to be hit in the mouth. Period.

Craig Carson 1 month, 4 weeks ago

This is definitely bad news..hopefully we don't see a mass exodus..I'm hoping that KU gets out with minimal issues...I hope they fight and sue if necessary

Michael Sillman 1 month, 4 weeks ago

What’s been surprising to me from the beginning is that Self would even get mixed up with these Adidas knuckleheads. These are some slimy dudes operating in the dark. It seems unlikely that Self or KU will turn out to be pure as the driven snow once all is brought to light.

Brian Wilson 1 month, 4 weeks ago

Well I think they are going to try a pin that booster thing on KU....from and article I read in the Orlando Sentinel some time ago:

" If you’ll recall a few years ago, UCF’s basketball program was investigated because head coach Donnie Jones and athletics director Keith Tribble knew of and had contact with two men — Ken Caldwell and Brandon Bender — who were apparently trying to steer basketball recruits to UCF. The sad part is that none of the recruits linked to Caldwell or Bender ever even enrolled at UCF. Even so, UCF was hammered with five years of NCAA probation for recruits the Knights didn’t even sign."

And they way the NCAA went about it, they are guilty of entrapment by asking/tricking KU into signing that Grassnola was a booster so Silvio would play again.

Craig Carson 1 month, 4 weeks ago

Hope KU gets their team of lawyers ready because they should sue the NCAA if they try to call Gassnola a booster...forcing KU to admit to something it's not guilty of just to even consider reinstating a player seems highly illegal

Brett McCabe 1 month, 4 weeks ago

Why is it so difficult to just follow the rules? Anyone can rationalize anything.

And you dipshts who should be at mizzery, please don’t start the b.s. whining btch “yeah, but what about them?”. Own your stuff. Handle your stuff. Quit being friggin’ crybabies. Try not to wet yourselves.

This program has had a growing stench around it for years and, under the inept eyes of Zenger, it was allowed to get worse and worse and worse. Can you imagine Zenger walking into Self’s office and doing anything other than asking if it was okay if he took a seat?

Forget about fighting. Do a massive, thorough self investigation. Don’t make excuses. Don’t cover for anyone. Don’t cover-up anything. Be forthright. Act as if you have a spine and a soul. And don’t drag Jayhawks through the mud with you while you try to court-fight your way out of a bunch of very bad decisions. Make us proud.

Wouldn’t that be refreshing?

Eliott Reeder 1 month, 3 weeks ago

I kind of agree with Brett here for the first time in a while. Self and staff were cheating. Does the fact that I fully believe many other schools were/are doing the same thing make much of a difference? Meh. Kind of, but not really. Self crawled in bed with this slimeball Gassnola and didn't cover his tracks. If everyone is cheating, then you better not be the guy who gets caught or you make yourself, your school, and all of the people defending you look like fools.

Brian Conrad 1 month, 4 weeks ago

Ok it is time we protest st the ncaa. They should be glad moved out if kc would rally hundreds to protest

As said above. How can the NCAA CLEAR DeSosa then say violation talking out of both sides of mouth Crazy nothing done with Duke? 100,000 paid to Zion Arizona coach on tape saying pay the kid 100,000 UNC fake classes USC buying houses UCLA boosters hot tub parties Louisville buying hookers Fab five admitting all were paid

So Crazy NCAA makes billions from kids like Zion , Wiggins But punishes the schools that make them billions . Tv ratings way up watching Zion. But oh they can not mention he was paid six figures or made Tom revenue off Ayton UA paid six figures And NCAA makes NINE figures

Stuart Corder 1 month, 4 weeks ago

Everyone is missing the point!!!!

Coach Beaty is being penalized for allowing an extra coach to work during practice.

1 - when is a coach supposed to work? 2 - Les Miles has turned it around in one summer season, and with less coaches (during practice).

Barry Weiss 1 month, 4 weeks ago

I have to admit that violation cracks me up. I guess the NCAA felt like our football program was gaining an unfair advantage over our opponents last year by letting our football coach put in extra hours....LOLOLOLOLOL!!

Dale Rogers 1 month, 4 weeks ago

OK, folks, lets a bunch of us call some Duke recruits and Kentucky recruits and tell them we want them to go to one of those schools. And send them a dollar each. We would then each be defined as boosters of those schools. Then leak it to the NCAA. That should cause charges against those two schools, right?

That rule is ridiculous.

Bee Bee 1 month, 3 weeks ago

That's exactly what this sets up. Anyone that is a rival of another school could pay a player's parents. They call the NCAA and report the player/school as have taken cash.

Spencer Goff 1 month, 4 weeks ago

I was on the edge with college athletics already, and this pretty much mailed it in for me.

My advice to KU is to lawyer up and make it as expensive as possible for the NCAA to do stupid $hit like this. They literally have zero evidence.

North Carolina ran dog and pony show classes for over three decades and testified they did... nothing enforced. Duke is outbidding all the bidders for players and the NCAA knows it... yet does nothing.

I don't buy Nike. I am unsubscribing my ESPN+, and I won't spend a dime on athletics at the collegiate level. For the first time in my life, higher education is truly about higher education and at least there is that one good thing about this farce.

Ki$$ my a$$ NCAA, you earned it.

Joe Black 1 month, 4 weeks ago

Higher education is nothing but a liberal cesspool. No education just indoctrination.

Bryce Landon 1 month, 4 weeks ago

It's not just higher education; but most education from kindergarten onwards.

Tim Orel 1 month, 3 weeks ago

I think we can tell who didn't go to college. Unless he's self-loathing.

Bee Bee 1 month, 3 weeks ago

The indoctrination starts in grade school now. If you can't see that you're part of the problem. Also college has zero to do with common sense. There are many college educated idiots that are unemployed or making $10 bucks an hour with 25 K in loans.

Stuart Corder 1 month, 4 weeks ago

  1. Preston never played.

  2. Silvio De Sousa only played initially after the NCAA itself declared him eligible. When it later questioned its own declaration, Kansas withheld him. When he was suspended, Silvio De Sousa won his appeal.

  3. Gassnola and Gatto both testified, in court, under oath, that nobody at KU was aware of any payments.

Seeing KU take an aggressive posture against the NCAA makes me proud to be a Jayhawk.

ROCK CHALK JAYHAWK!

Bryce Landon 1 month, 4 weeks ago

Agreed. Based on everything I've seen, Bill Self has gone out of his way to run a program compliant with NCAA rules, as difficult as they are. He does not play players if there is any question about their eligibility. And I have a hard time believing that the violations Self is accused of are true. I am willing to give him the benefit of the doubt - for now.

However, if more evidence comes out that Self did indeed commit the violations of which he is accused, then, at the very least he should serve a suspension from coaching; and at the very worst, it may be time to begin looking for the ninth head basketball coach in program history.

InnocentUntilProvenGuilty

Greg Bowles 1 month, 4 weeks ago

Looks to me like NCAA is trying to legitimize their existence. They need to prove that their power is greater than anyone else. I'm sure there are many programs out there with much worst infractions than they have accused us of. Duke just makes me sick. You know that there are shady dealings going on in that program. Mike Krzyzewski can't be as squeaky clean as people think. Will be interesting to see what transpires.

Dane Pratt 1 month, 4 weeks ago

I don't think we have behaved like choir boys but there is some truth in Bill's contention that the NCAA is under pressure to produce results. They have been upstaged by the FBI investigation and in an attempt to save face they need to hang some people.

Bill Kackley 1 month, 4 weeks ago

Brett Mc Cabe why dont you go back to MU or K State or whatever small ass school you belong to you have never been a Jayhawk.

Dane Pratt 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Sorry Bill but Brett's one of us. A Jayhawk to the end.

Austin Lopez 1 month, 4 weeks ago

Hopefully CA passes the Fair Pay to Play Act, than watch other states follow suit. Maybe than the NCAA will be put in its place.

W Keith Swinehart II 1 month, 4 weeks ago

No choice. KU has to fight this. Silence doesn't work. In fact silence is an admission.

Bob Zielinski 1 month, 4 weeks ago

I am standing behind Self and his staff all the way. Hopefully this gets cleared up and we can move on with running our basketball program with Self and his staff. It will be telling how doggedly the NCAA pursues KU on this and whether they eventually move on to take on other big basketball or football programs. If they do not go into attack mode against other schools we can discern that this is a case of attempting to tame the herd by making an example of one member.

Mike Barnhart 1 month, 4 weeks ago

Stop trying to figure it out... it's TOTALLY ARBITRARY!

The NCAA is a self-regulating network of institutions that oversees a loose set of guidelines. They usually punish "less important" members (directional schools) as a warning to important members (power 5 schools.) On rare occasions, the NCAA feels forced to investigate one of it's higher profile members.

The first thing to know is 90 percent of the members take risk with the rules! The remaining 10 percent are sanctimonious losers (K-State.) On occasion, the media, the FBI, the CIA, the IRS, WikiLeaks or Deadspin uncover blatant, reckless cheating. (I'm looking at you Curtis Townsend.*) At that point, the NCAA is forced to investigate a power 5 member. In these instances, lower tier Power 5 schools are punished and Elite Power 5 members (winners with HUGE fan bases) use their deep resources to hire an army of Harvard lawyers and usually avoid real punishment altogether (North Carolina.)

We're about to find out exactly where KU basketball sits on the food chain. Somewhere between Alabama football and Miami basketball!

(*) "Are you calling me on a cellular phone? I don't know you. Who is this? Don't come here, I'm hanging up the phone! Prank caller, prank caller!" - Lance, Pulp Fiction)

Steve Ramsey 1 month, 4 weeks ago

  1. The whole thing begins and ends with the text messages. That's really what is currently playing in the court of public opinion, and that's what I'd like to know about too, frankly. Honestly? It doesn't look so good. 2. I do find it ironic that the NCAA can bring charges of "lack of institutional control." If we could sue the NCAA . . .wouldn't that be the first charge on the list?

John Strayer 1 month, 3 weeks ago

This has been the biggest head scratcher of all...why communicate in this fashion? It leaves an electronic trail everywhere. At least use burner phones...

Dane Pratt 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Mine too. If we get nailed and Duke walks it's because we left a trail and they didn't.

Titus Canby 1 month, 3 weeks ago

How many of my tax dollars are being used to fight this BS?

Randy Bombardier 1 month, 3 weeks ago

If you think this has nothing to do with a 4 letter competitor to Adidas oh how naive. This is a further example of weaponizing law enforcement for the pursuit of political and business competitors. What Adidas does in protecting its brand is is not related to KU in any way except that KU is a key part of the Adidas brand.

The allegations are based upon shady testimony by people who have been put in a room and intimidated. The heavy handedness in this exercise is over the top.

Lastly. You have to be one dumb sob to say Adidas agents are boosters. How the hell do we know if in fact these Adidas reps weren't getting huge kickbacks from other schools with the intent of setting KU up. Any other Adidas schools in the Big 12?

Dale Stringer 1 month, 3 weeks ago

So SDS played some games when he should have been inelligible. We should take away all the games for the year from those that said he could play. Wait, that was the NCAA. Okay, then invalidate the entire season for every team that the NCAA allowed a player to play for. Wait, that's everyone. Okay, that year didn't exist and Villinova give back you banner.

Jeff Coffman 1 month, 3 weeks ago

So if Adidas is a booster of KU...does that make Nike a booster for Oregon, Notre Dame, UNC, Duke, Texas, Oklahoma...?

Does that make Under Armor a booster for Maryland and others?

this is a slippery slope that the NCAA will have a tough time navigating. If this is their approach to the Fair Play Act, they are going to ruffle some feathers. My guess is that KU and California are going to start their own league.

Mike Barnhart 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Umm...A booster helps you defeat your competitors:

Gassnola: “In my mind it’s KU, Bill Self. Everyone else fall into line, to (darn) bad, that’s what’s right for Adidas Basketball. And I know I am RIGHT. The more you win, have lottery pics. And you happy, That’s how it should work in my mind.”

Self responded: “That’s how ur (it) works. At unc and Duke”

Gassnola: “Kentucky as well”

Gassnola: “I promise you. I got this, I have never let you down Except (Dyondre) lol"

Mike Hart 1 month, 3 weeks ago

For all of those who are advocating that we shouldn’t believe the shady testimony of these Adidas execs. Then how can you also say that you believe them when they say self didn’t know about it? You can’t have it both ways

Barry Weiss 1 month, 3 weeks ago

from what I have read, no adidas exec said our coach's knew of these payments. the only one who said that was a defense attorney. prosecutors and defense attorneys make all kinds of outrageous claims in opening and closing arguments. I am standing with Coach Self and KU on this until some facts or other proof shows otherwise. You are free to throw them under the bus if that is what you want to do.

Ardy Dehdasht 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Here is my thought on how to possibly salvage recruiting:

  1. Part ways with all assistants
  2. Bring back Danny Manning as he will be most likely out of wake soon. He seemed to be a great assistant with a legit talent for coaching bigs and a recognizable name.
  3. Bring a flashy name on staff. Names like Penny Hardaway that brings kids in.
  4. Find a “coach” with multiple kids who will be top tier talent for 2-3 years to come and will attend KU because of their father.
  5. Keep you nose clean until the next school make the news for “something big”.

Armen Kurdian 1 month, 3 weeks ago

NCAA spending their time and resources with this instead of the the state of California's new efforts to pay college athletes. I swear, it's bat-$h!+ craziness.

Joe Baker 1 month, 3 weeks ago

You are all focused on the obvious recruits. How about all the recruits we missed?
You look at the recruits up to this point and we missed some big recruits. Were they offered to play or steered toward KU?

Who was the “One” that got away according to Gassanola? Then he said he would “make it up to Self. Meaning? Then he tells Self this is how Puke, Heels, and Kensucky do it. This is a shoe rep that is completely emerses in this world and knows a lot of other whores practicing this scam for programs. This should raise some eyebrows and investigations. KU is not the only program.

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