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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Report: Kansas basketball facing allegations of major NCAA violations

Bill Self

The Kansas Jayhawks’ basketball program is reportedly set to be hit with a notice of allegations detailing major NCAA rules violations.

According to Jesse Newell and Steve Vockrodt of the Kansas City Star, the imminent notice will allege “multiple major violations” in the men’s basketball program. It is not clear what the nature of the violations will be, and no one within the Kansas athletic department is commenting at this time.

The Jayhawks have been linked to a pay-for-play recruiting scheme that has been the subject of a highly-publicized FBI investigation. If the NCAA alleges level 1 violations, Kansas would be subject to the most severe punishments, including postseason bans and a loss of scholarships.

The Kansas program has been one of the sport’s most successful for over a decade. They won at least a share of the Big 12 regular season title for 14 consecutive seasons from 2005 to 2018. During that span, they appeared in three Final Fours and won a championship in 2008.

During the initial round of charges, former Adidas representative Jim Gatto said he had made payments to former Kansas players. Things got even murkier when the NCAA controversially suspended sophomore Silvio de Sousa, whose guardian allegedly took payments from an agent and a Kansas booster. How aware coach Bill Self and his assistants were of these alleged payments is unclear. Either way, it looks like the NCAA is prepared to come down hard on Kansas.

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