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How much, if anything, can be learned about KU's case from the NCAA penalties handed down to Oklahoma State on Friday

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Lamont Evans, left, an assistant basketball coach at Oklahoma State University, and his attorney Trace Morgan leave the federal courthouse following a court appearance in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017. Evans is facing federal charges in conjunction with a wide probe of fraud and corruption in the NCAA.

Lamont Evans, left, an assistant basketball coach at Oklahoma State University, and his attorney Trace Morgan leave the federal courthouse following a court appearance in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017. Evans is facing federal charges in conjunction with a wide probe of fraud and corruption in the NCAA. by AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki

The first official punishment for a program tied up in the FBI’s investigation into corruption in college basketball recruiting was handed out on Friday, but it’s still too early to know if anything can be learned about KU’s case from the news.

Oklahoma State University’s men’s basketball program received a one-year postseason ban for the 2020-21 season and a series of other punishments for former OSU associate head coach Lamont Evans’ involvement in the scandal.

According to the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions, Evans violated the ethical conduct rules when he accepted between $18,000 and $22,000 in bribes from two financial advisors who were interested Evans’ influence on student-athletes.

“The conduct at issue in this case was related to a broader scheme that involved money and influence at the intersection of college and professional basketball,” the committee said in its decision.

The committee classified the case as Level I-standard for the school and Level I-aggravated for Evans.

While OSU’s case was heard by the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions, KU’s case, at least initially, has been referred to the newly formed Independent Accountability Resolutions Process track. A source told the Journal-World last month that the COI referred the Kansas case to the IARP.

Unlike the Committee on Infractions, the IARP, which was created to tackle the most complex cases in college athletics, has no direct ties to the NCAA and also no appeals process. All rulings made by the IARP are final.

To date, only Memphis and North Carolina State have been accepted into the IARP path. However, neither case has reached its conclusion so the college athletics world has yet to see what the IARP process looks like from start to finish or what penalties, if any, come from it.

In early April, when expressing the school’s acceptance of the IARP path, reports indicate that NC State Chancellor Randy Woodson questioned whether the school “can receive an objective or fair hearing” from the Committee on Infractions, calling the IARP “the only remaining option.”

Just because KU’s case was referred to the IARP does not mean it will be heard there. A subcommittee within the IARP framework still has to formally accept KU’s case.

An NCAA spokesperson told the Journal-World last month that the NCAA would announce when a case is accepted by the IARP. There is no timeline for how long the IARP’s five-member Infractions Referral Committee has to decide whether to accept a case. And no announcement regarding the acceptance of KU’s case has been made.

The specifics of KU’s case differ from Oklahoma State’s, which also makes it difficult to know how much information can be gleaned from Friday’s ruling. While OSU's conduct involved an assistant coach taking money — and later being arrested and sentenced to three months in prison for it — the allegations against KU have to do with family members of former players taking money and, in turn, what role KU's apparel partner, Adidas, played in the process.

In addition, the NCAA allegations against Kansas go right to the top, with both a lack of institutional control violation and a head coach responsibility charge against KU coach Bill Self.

Even if KU's case winds up on the traditional infractions path instead of on the IARP track, Larry Parkinson, the COI chief hearing officer, told ESPN.com on Friday not to read too much into this one decision.

"Each case is unique," Parkinson said. "The panel bases its conclusions on the record before it, and as other cases come before either this panel or others panels we'll decide those cases based on the facts and circumstances of those individual cases. Having had only one and this being the first, I think time will tell whether other cases are similar or dissimilar."

The rest of Oklahoma State’s punishment included several penalties tied to recruiting as well as a 10-year show-cause order for Evans. That essentially means that any university that employs Evans during that time must restrict him from any athletic duties unless it can formally show cause for why the restrictions should not apply.

“Coaches are entrusted to look after the well-being and best interests of their student-athletes, including during the critical time when student-athletes are making decisions regarding their professional careers,” the committee said in its decision. “As the associate head coach admitted in his sentencing hearing, he abused this trust for his own personal gain. He sold access to student-athletes and used his position as a coach and mentor to steer them toward a career decision — retaining the financial advisors’ services — that would financially benefit him. In short, he put his interests ahead of theirs.”

Here’s the rest of the OSU punishment:

• Three years of probation.

• A total reduction of three men’s basketball scholarships from the 2020-21 through 2022-23 academic years.

OSU also self-imposed the following penalties, some of which came with additional requirements from the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions:

• A $10,000 fine plus 1% of the men’s basketball budget.

• A reduction of men’s basketball official visits to 25 and then 18 during a two-year rolling period through 2021.

• A prohibition of men’s basketball unofficial visits for two weeks during the fall of 2020 and two weeks during the fall of 2021. The COI ruled that OSU also must prohibit unofficial visits for three additional weeks during the fall of 2020, 2021 and/or 2022.

• A prohibition of men’s basketball telephone recruiting for a one-week period during the 2020-21 academic year. The COI also ruled that OSU must prohibit telephone recruiting for six additional weeks during the probation period.

• A reduction in the number of men’s basketball recruiting person days by 12 during the 2019-20 academic year. The COI ruled that OSU also must reduce the number of recruiting person days by five during the 2020-21 academic year.

Shortly after the NCAA ruling was released, OSU's athletic department released a statement saying it was "stunned" by the severity of the penalties and that the school did not agree with them.

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Comments

Brian Wilson 3 weeks, 5 days ago

Nothing can be learned from the OSU punishment.

IMO OSU's infraction is worse. Simply put...An assistant directly under the head coach accepted money! $40,000! Accepting Bribes!! Isn't this pretty much similar to all the parents bribing the crew team for scholarships to get their kids into school! Didn't they go to jail? BOOM!

Eventhough the COACHING STAFF AT OSU is literally guilty of an actual CRIMINAL OFFENSE, OSU was not hammered with "lack of institutional control" or "head coach responsbility" and I would think this is clearly demonstrating the BIAS and IMPARTIALITY the NCAA has for KU. You would have to think that being in charge of your own staff and having direct contact, control and knowledge would be much easier than trying to control the families of players that you don't know, possibly have not met, and not even on campus. Also, you would think the NCAA would follow due process and common legal procedures, where schools and coaches would be considered innocent until proven guilty and not found guilty using hearsay, cirumstantial evidence, or innuendo. But, were I to guess, no matter what, KU is going to get hammered a lot worse just for defending itself and not bending over.

Dane Pratt 3 weeks, 4 days ago

No one at KU went to jail but OSU had a single Level 1 violation, KU has five. It does not bode well for us.

Suzi Marshall 3 weeks, 5 days ago

If the IARP hears the Kansas case, it would be super cool if they live streamed or even YouTubed the proceedings. This new group has a tremendous opportunity to stand up for student athletes. Lets hope they don't blow it.

Jeff Coffman 3 weeks, 5 days ago

Not one reference to a University of Kansas source.

Typical LJW, write about KU, but can't get any one to comment.

The issue with hand from KU's perspective is that the NCAA changed the definition of a booster to include an apparel "partner".

We can sit and surmise a lot about it, but it boils down to whether Adidas is a booster or not.

Matt Tait 3 weeks, 5 days ago

I agree with that last sentence. It really is that simple.

As for the rest, there is no way that anyone from KU was ever going to comment on the NCAA's ruling in the Oklahoma State case. If you think otherwise, you haven't been paying very close attention.

Today's news wasn't about KU. But I knew that a lot of fans/readers/etc. would be interested in whether anything could be learned from the OSU ruling and penalties, hence the story explaining that out.

Have a great weekend, Jeff!

Jeff Coffman 3 weeks, 2 days ago

Not to be too technical Matt and I appreciate the response, then why is KU the first school mentioned in the headline? If this has nothing to do with KU...why?

The article is all about how this affects KU and you now mention that you didn't even try to reach out to KU about this article.

KU should be jumping up and down in excitement. OSU had an employee knowingly seek and accept bribes to get recruits to their school. Admitted it and the money pointed that way. The school received a direct punishment for this direct scheme. KU has no employee that has been found to have known about the payments made by the apparel company. Benched every player that ever received a payment, and although they have more allegations, all of the allegations have been proven baseless. LJW should do some investigation into the negative attempts by the NCAA to discredit a Hall of Fame Coach and a Basketball Blue Blood Program.

There is two sides of this story and I know that KU is keeping their side very close and not sharing a lot because they want it for their defense, but there are a lot of holes in the NCAA case and LJW has continuously sided with them, even when there are clear flaws. Take for instance in an article by LJW, they pointed that a third person was likely paid. There were inaccuracies in that report, and although the LJW pointed them out, they dismissed them and sided with the NCAA. If their case is solid, they shouldn't have flaws and they should have their investigation crisp. The LJW hasn't written an article that says "NCAA continues to send erroneous information in their reports to KU" or "NCAA changes rules of booster requirements to go after KU" or "NCAA inaccuracies continue to pile up".

I'm not asking you to be biased for KU, I'm asking the LJW to look at the facts.

I had a great weekend.

Dane Pratt 3 weeks, 5 days ago

If I’m a Cowboy fan I’m not too upset. A one year ban on a team that has had one tournament appearance in the last five years doesn’t seem like a very harsh punishment.

Shannon Gustafson 3 weeks, 4 days ago

While it's true that history indicates they likely wouldn't make it anyway, you can't forget that they signed the top recruit in the class (Cade Cunningham) and a 4 star and 3 star guys to go with him. So with that sort of class, you have to assume their expectations for this season are much higher than they have been since the Marcus Smart years.

Brett McCabe 3 weeks, 4 days ago

I keep waiting for the school that is proven to be a cheater say: yeah, the punishment is about right.

Dane Pratt 3 weeks, 4 days ago

Getting caught cheating is just the cost of doing business in college sports.

Michael Maris 3 weeks, 3 days ago

The day that the "BIASED" NCAA holds Arizona, Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina and other Premier Basketball (or Football) programs are held to the same standards that Kansas Basketball program is held to, will be the day that I'll have more respect for the NCAA. But, I am NOT going to hold my breath for that time to come. Right now, the NCAA is as much of a joke, as Brett McCabe makes Bill Self and his staff out to be.

Dane Pratt 3 weeks, 4 days ago

I feel the same way NC State does, we cannot receive an objective and fair hearing from the NCAA. Even if our case is heard by the COI and we are able to appeal, it will fall on deaf ears.

Dirk Medema 3 weeks, 4 days ago

Jeff - Changing the definition of a booster seemed to be accurate until the comment came out that KU regularly advises merchants about the problems associated with giving benefits to athletes. From that it would appear that they knew Addidas could be construed similarly, though they did challenge that notion until the NCAA held Silvio’s penalty hostage. Unless KU was giving a similar warning to Addidas as to the local merchants it would seem that they are culpable.

It would seem to help the case that they have become very responsive to suspending players when possible misconduct becomes evident.

Shannon Gustafson 3 weeks, 4 days ago

For the advise to merchants, are you referring to the document that outlines what's OK and what's not OK that is provided by the NCAA and every school releases the same information per NCAA rules? If so, that is not unique to KU at all, it's the NCAA's words with a KU letterhead.

Dirk Medema 3 weeks, 4 days ago

Anyone else find it interesting that when going to court about receiving bribes from Addidas that Lamont chose to wear Nike gear?

Dane Pratt 3 weeks, 4 days ago

I noticed it. Not so much the Nike gear but that he showed up in a courtroom wearing basically a jogging outfit.

Talk about paying the price. Lamont goes to prison for three months, loses a $600k a year salary and probably the chance of ever becoming a head coach and he has to repay the $22,000. It amazes me how little it takes to persuade otherwise honest people into committing a crime. If I’m going to commit a crime for money, the amount needs to be life changing. Will $22k even get you a Honda Civic?

Will Babbit 3 weeks, 2 days ago

I'd say he probably has the same attitude a lot (not all) coaches at that level have, that it is standard practice. He was just unlucky enough to get caught.

Brett McCabe 3 weeks, 4 days ago

The state of KU Athletics:

A dirty b-ball program formerly under FBI investigation and now about to get hammered by its own membership organization. Led by a pot-bellied, toupee-wearing sack of ...

The worst football program in America, having recently hired and fired the two worst football coaches in America. One weighing 900 pounds and one who thought that the 700 club was for big time bench pressers.

The worst AD in America, fired previously for a bad football hire. Brought her to....hire a football coach.

The best Chancellor candidate passed over because, well, we need a white guy in charge. A guy who can....

Hire a fired AD who just settled a lawsuit with an Uber Driver for $2.5 million.

I am going to pose a serious question: would the octopus who picked World Cup games have done any worse? How about two random third graders?

Dirk and the dimwits are analyzing embers while the whole mfng house is on fire. Blind support of institutional stupidity is not a virtue. It’s just stupider.

I will donate $1000 today if I can swing a wrecking ball at the disgusting affront to Kansas Athletics near AFH. Once it is down, then we can start cleaning house.

Folks, we either clean house now or waist years defending the incompetence of the latest millionaire.

I guess we have it good. The NFL pays $40 million a year for a commissioner in a 70% minority league who just learned this week that there are racial issues in America.

Shannon Gustafson 3 weeks, 4 days ago

Have you considered finding a school that you don't hate to cheer for instead of "waist"ing (as you spell it) your time following KU's programs?

Michael Maris 3 weeks, 3 days ago

Brett's a TYPICAL Leftist, all he knows how to do is HATE.

That's the Progressive Socialist Democratic Party way of life.

Reform and Conform to our ways of political ideological policies. For, WE are the "Guardians of Tolerance".

I thank GOD that I don't wake up each and every single day with as much hate in my mind, body and soul as what the Progressive Socialist Democratic Party membership has each and every day.

Dane Pratt 3 weeks, 3 days ago

All that from a post about KU sports? You sound quite bitter and hateful yourself Michael. The division in this country goes wider each day and is fueled by people like you. The right believes liberals are the cause of all problems, the left believes conservatives are the cause of all problems. You’re both wrong. Whatever corrupt and unscrupulous deed you’re accusing the other side of doing, your side has done as well. What a bunch of sanctimonious hypocrites.

Michael Maris 3 weeks, 3 days ago

Dane,

I'm tired of seeing Brett's negativity on each and every post about the Men's Basketball and Football stories.

To you Dane, the mirror on the wall is for one's self reflection, not one's self admiration.

I post very little on this site anymore (due to the amount of HATE I see on virtually each and every story posted on this site).

Hypocrisy is deep on all sides of the political aisles. It's what voters have allowed the political system to become (due to lack of Term Limits for ALL Federally Elected Congressional and Senatorial Officials).

The Lawrence Journal World respectfully allows readers to post their opinions and viewpoints. However, it seems that a few of posting individuals think that their opinions are the only viewpoints that matter. While the rest of us (deplorable) readers are just to uneducated to have a thought of our own.

Shannon Gustafson 3 weeks, 3 days ago

Everyone is tired Brett's negativity but it has nothing to do with his political leanings, Democrats, Republicans, or any of the other crap you're talking about.

Hate is not exclusive to Democrats. You think Republican efforts to hold back LGBTQ rights isn't hateful? How about not allowing a rape victim to have an abortion and instead force them to go through the birthing process, raise a child in the likeness of their rapist, etc.. Is that not hateful?

You talk about looking in the mirror for self reflection while sitting on here typing out divisive and hateful political crap on a sports site.

Michael Maris 3 weeks, 3 days ago

First of all, I personally do not know of any Conservative minded individuals who opposes any LGBTQ rights. LGBTQ citizens are free to be who they want to be (despite what anyone may think of their desires). If spent my energy worring about their Social lifestyle issues, I would be spinning an endless wheel. And, I am not focused on their assumed Social lifestyle issues. They're NOT bothering me, and I'm not bothering them

Secondly, I'm a product of a Forced Rape. So, I damn sure don't need to hear your story about abortions. Adoptions are a simple solution to such a crisis issue. If the Federal Government spent as much money to simplify the Adoption process, as they spent on Abortion clinics. Then, this Nation would be a WHOLE lot better off.

I am a good (not perfect) citizen (of this earth) and raised by great (NOT rich) parents who know how to raise 3 older daughters and adopt an unwanted son.

I've self reflected in my mirror more times than I can even begin to count. So Shannon, go preach your sermon somewhere else.

Because, if you can kill as many unborn babies and live with yourself each and everyday. Good for you.

I (however) praise the good Lord each and every day that abortion wasn't legal in 1966 or 1967.

Bryce Landon 3 weeks, 3 days ago

Yeah Brett, if you hate KU basketball so much, go cheer for another basketball team, just like I chose to start cheering for another football team!

Brian Wilson 3 weeks, 3 days ago

I am not sure why you have such hatred...but the one compalint you have said over and over is for McCarthy Hall. I know KU spent a ton of money for elite living quarters for basketball players. But, it is essentially on par with other top basketball schools and not really any different than when KU built Jayhawk Towers years ago for the athletes. I can remember how much all the students complained about that.

Tony Bandle 3 weeks, 3 days ago

Gee, as the omniscient observer, it used to be so much easier to like everybody on this site...or, at least, to respect their comments.

Awww...I still like all of you.

Maybe it won't hurt to feel some positive vibes being sent your way. Take care, stay healthy and help others. Always be humble and kind...and don't forget the sun block!!

Layne Pierce 3 weeks, 2 days ago

Mr. McCabe

Why do you think Kansas just simply say "please don't hurt me NCAA"? Did it ever occur to you that when you really think you are innocent, you don't give in just to be a sacrificial lamb and make the NCAA look good?

It is going to and already has cost KU a great deal of money, and time, and bad publicity to fight this battle, but in the face of innuendo, and no real evidence, and the NCAA's desperate need to get us, I am happy that we are standing up, not just for ourselves, but against an NCAA enforcement committee that needs to be completely overhauled, prosecutor and jury cannot be the same, and the rules have to be precise and applicable to all institutions. As I've said before, who said Billy Preston was originally eligible, the NCAA, and who said Silvio was eligible the NCAA, so if they are not going to ban any contact with any sport equipment companies, then OK, but otherwise, don't come around here with everybody cheats, but you cheat too much BS.

RCJH

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