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Georgia Tech punishment not necessarily a sign of what's to come for Kansas

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On Thursday afternoon, three days after the University of Kansas received a Notice of Allegations from the NCAA, the Georgia Tech men’s basketball program received a one-year postseason ban and four years probation for its own recruiting improprieties.

So what can KU fans learn from the Georgia Tech punishment about the Jayhawks’ situation, which is still months from being known or wrapped up?

Not a lot, says Josephine Potuto, a University of Nebraska College of Law professor and former chair of the NCAA committee on infractions.

“The (Committee on Infractions) bases its decision on penalties based on NCAA bylaws that provide general parameters and on the facts and circumstances of each particular case,” Potuto told the Journal-World via email Thursday afternoon. “These vary a great deal case to case, making comparisons difficult. To the extent that the COI believes that cases are similar in scope, (with) individuals found to be involved, and the type, nature, and number of violations, the COI strives to provide consistency in penalties.”

As Potuto points out, the specifics of the Kansas and Georgia Tech cases differ quite a bit but are, at their core, similar. Both are rooted in impermissible benefits and involve head coaches, assistant coaches and third parties connected to the programs.

Georgia Tech’s punishment — some of which was self-reported — included the postseason ban, the probation, a reduction in scholarships and fines and came from two Level 1 charges by the NCAA.

As outlined in the NOA, Kansas is facing three Level 1 penalties along with a lack of institutional control tag and a coach’s responsibility charge.

Kansas has 90 days to respond to the NOA and the NCAA then has 60 days to answer that before a hearing is scheduled to reach a final decision.

Most experts agree that the earliest a conclusion can be reached would be late spring or early summer next year.

Comments

Phil Leister 2 weeks, 3 days ago

Correct, the circumstances are different, and by all accounts GA Tech's were far less damning than KU's perceived infractions. The GA Tech case hinged on a $300 strip club visit and a "booster" who was a friend of the head coach. And they were hit with a 1-year ban. KU's thing involves the FBI and bigger money and the NCAA wants to make an example of us.

I don't want to believe it, but... we're screwed. Royally. I'm jealous of you if you truly believe otherwise.

Cliff Leiker 2 weeks, 2 days ago

Yes, it always seems that the powers that be have it out for Kansas, probably due to the fact we have fewer powerful people and members/viewership in general.

Dirk Medema 2 weeks, 3 days ago

Based on the “suspended schedule” reported in the other article, this thing is likely to take a lot longer than mentioned here.

The positives for KU is that they self-imposed a number of sanctions before being required to:

Suspension of Billy

Suspension of Silvio

Scholarship reduction last year

Scholarship reduction this year

The negative is they never got to punish us for Alexander and I’m guessing they are still butt-sore over that one. They tried getting us via Silvio and I suspect they will continue to try for quite some time.

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