BREAKING: Kansas, Bill Self Hit With Major NCAA Violations
The NCAA’s enforcement staff has made it official. The University of Kansas and coach Bill Self have been hit with major NCAA violations, a source told ESPN on Monday.
Kansas was charged with “lack of institutional control” and Bill Self was charged with responsibility violations. Those are among the most serious violations, but the Jayhawks were charged with multiple violations including the football program under former coach David Beatty.
The details of the allegations were first made available by Yahoo Sports on Monday.
Sources: Kansas has received notice of allegations from NCAA, which includes lack of institutional control. @YahooSports sources detail Level 1 allegations, coach control charge against Bill Self and a KU football surprise. w/ @YahooForde @DanWetzel. https://t.co/B8fzWZX3wQ
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) September 23, 2019
More on the story, from Yahoo:
The Level I violations are tied, in part, to the recruitments of Billy Preston and Silvio De Sousa. Court testimony and documents tied to the federal basketball corruption cases over the past two years included details of veteran adidas consultant T.J. Gassnola having “conspired to illicitly funnel approximately at least $90,000” to the mother of Preston. Gassnola also testified in court that he paid De Sousa’s guardian $2,500, although he denied arranging a $20,000 payment that had been discussed on wiretaps.
The charge against Self will potentially prove a compelling and high-profile application of the NCAA’s head coach responsibility bylaws. Evidence tied to the case included Gassnola and Self talking openly in text messages about Adidas helping Kansas recruit players. “I’m happy with Adidas,” Self wrote Gassnola. “Just got to get a couple real guys.”
Later, Gassnola texted about keeping Self and Kansas happy with lottery picks. Self responded: “That’s how (it) works. At UNC and Duke.”
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Per NCAA rules, Kansas has 90 days to respond to the charges. Reports claim that Self and Kansas officials are going to dispute the allegations and fight them.
This is something that has been brewing for some time. We will provide updates when more details are made available.