Kansas NCAA Violations, Kansas receives Notice of Allegations from NCAA.
Kansas has received an NCAA notice of allegations regarding infractions by its basketball program, the school acknowledged late Monday.
Yahoo Sports is reporting that the charges involve alleged impermissible payments to representatives of former recruits Billy Preston and Silvio De Sousa. During court testimony stemming from the government investigation into college basketball corruption, Preston’s mother was alleged to have received $90,000 from an adidas representative, while De Sousa’s guardian allegedly got between $2,500 and $20,000.
Kansas has been charged with a lack of institutional control, among other Level I violations (the most severe under NCAA rules). The case could also have major implications for coach Bill Self, who could be charged under the NCAA’s head coach responsibility bylaws.
Nevertheless, the school plans to fight the charges, according to a statement released late Monday. The statement read in part:
“The University’s response will fully and comprehensively present its positions regarding the Notice. In the meantime, though, it is already clear from an initial review that the University will fiercely dispute in detail much of what has been presented.
“First and foremost, the University emphasizes that it emphatically rejects the assertion that Adidas and Adidas employees and associates were boosters and agents of the University (as defined by NCAA legislation) during the period of the alleged violations and therefore acting on the University’s behalf when they engaged in alleged violations of NCAA bylaws.
“As for the allegations regarding Head Men’s Basketball Coach Bill Self, voluminous evidence demonstrates uncontestably that he did, in fact, promote an atmosphere of compliance and fully monitor his staff. The University firmly and fully supports Coach Self and his staff.”
Preston — a McDonald’s All-American from California — never played for Kansas, leaving school after a Nov. 8, 2017, car accident triggered an NCAA investigation into how he acquired the vehicle. The 6-foot-10 forward played one season in Europe and is now a member of the Texas Legends, an NBA G League affiliate of the Dallas Mavericks.
De Sousa — a native of Angola who played at IMG Academy in Florida — played in 20 games for the Jayhawks during the 2017-18 season, but was later ruled ineligible while the NCAA conducted an investigation. The 6-foot-9 forward sat out all of last season, but won an appeal and will be eligible to play at Kansas this season.
Self is 473-106 in 16 seasons at Kansas, including 14 Big 12 championships, three Final Four appearances and the 2008 NCAA tournament championship. The Jayhawks went 26-10 last season, winning the Big 12 tournament, but losing to Auburn in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
Kansas’ football program is also included in the investigation, though those alleged infractions are considered Level II (less severe). According to Yahoo Sports, the Jayhawks under former coach David Beaty were alleged to have used an extra coach during practice.
You can read the redacted NCAA Notice of Allegations HERE. School officials released the following statements on Monday:
Chancellor Doug Girod:
“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. 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.”