Originally published July 15, 2005 at 01:53p.m., updated July 15, 2005 at 02:45p.m.

KU releases internal investigation report


The Kansas University athletics department today released its internal investigation reports submitted to the NCAA in June regarding rules violations in football and both men's and women's basketball. Of the 14 violations discovered, eight were linked to football, five to women's basketball and one to men's basketball, according to the report.

Chancellor Robert Hemenway placed the department under a two-year probationary period, but that punishment will not include television or postseason bans, according to a university press release.

The brunt of the football violations occured in the summer of 2003, and involved assistance given to prospective transferring student-athletes successfully completing correspondence courses online, the report said. Included in those violations was a former football staff member providing the prospective athletes with tutoring, study assistance and answers to exams, the report said.

In turn, the football team was handed the stiffest of the penalties doled out, and it involved the acceptance of two-year junior college transfers, according to the report. The program will be allowed to accept only three per year for the next two years, which is a drastic drop from the average of nine per year accepted over the past three seasons. The program will also have one less initial grant-in-aid awards for the next two seasons, the report said.

The women's basketball violations, according to the university's reports, were mostly linked to former assistant Tim Eatman, and all took place in the summer and fall semester of 2002, and involved two prospective student-athletes. The women's basketball team was punished with a reduction in initial grant-in-aid awards by two for the 2005-06 season, the report said. The University will also reduce the number of permissible off-campus recruiting coaches from three to two for the 2005-06 season, according to the report.

The lone men's basketball violation, with the approval of former men's head basketball coach Roy Williams, involved gifts of cash and clothing to graduating seniors in the 2000-01, 2001-02 and 2002-03 seasons, the report said. The gifts were provided by Dana Anderson, Joan Edwards and Bernard Morgan, who are three representatives of the University's athletic interest, according to the report.

The men's basketball program will not receive punishment in the form of lost scholarships aid, the report said.


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