The NCAA alleges that KU’s Self “is directly involved” in the violations


The NCAA continued a targeted attack on Kansas basketball coach Bill Self in Thursday’s response to KU Athletics, saying there were several times that he was “directly involved” in the five alleged violations of level I of the school.

While specifically discussing the charge of controlling Level I coaches, the NCAA claimed that it had not fostered an atmosphere of compliance, “due to his personal involvement in certain violations and his inability to take action. measures ”to prevent others.

The NCAA later declared that Self had “knowingly engaged” Adidas and representatives like T.J. Gassnola in recruiting the best prospects. Gassnola had previously declared in federal court that he had paid $ 90,000 on behalf of Adidas to the mother of former KU player Billy Preston, and $ 2,500 to the tutor of current KU player Silvio From Sousa.

In addition, the NCAA declared its belief that Self had not prevented Gassnola from interacting with the best recruits while knowing that Gassnola had unauthorized contacts there, saying that Self encouraged these discussions.

“Both by its action and by its inaction, Self has failed to establish a culture where there were clear expectations regarding compliance with the rules,” said the NCAA, “or the reporting of potential or actual violations to the compliance staff of the institution. “

Self-advocates Scott Tompsett and Bill Sullivan issued a statement on behalf of Self Thursday evening, stating that the NCAA allegations are an “incomplete collection of misleading statements, conclusive statements and unsubstantiated innuendos”.

“The latest submission from law enforcement personnel only underscores their unrepentant and erroneous insistence on improperly enforcing NCAA rules and interpreting precedents to achieve a preconceived result,” said the lawyers’ statement, “And only strengthened Coach Self’s determination, with the public support of the chancellor. (Douglas) Girod, sporting director Jeff Long and all KUs, to defeat these baseless and irresponsible claims once and for all. “

The NCAA went on to say that Self had not properly supervised its staff, and in particular assistant coach Kurtis Townsend, who had had repeated interactions with Gassnola. The NCAA said Self did not ask specific questions or identify red flags.

“In short, Self has failed on several aspects of the responsibility of the head coach …,” said the NCAA.

In a document footnote, the NCAA also appeared to be upset by Self wearing an oversized Adidas logo T-shirt in a KU Late Night promo. The September social media video was widely viewed nationally as a drag from the NCAA.

“It should be noted that, despite the widely publicized trial in the southern district of New York and on September 23, 2019, the publication of the notice of allegations, the institution and Self chose to promote the late evening event of the October 4, 2019 using a Self wear video, an Adidas basketball jersey and a large necklace with a currency symbol, “wrote the NCAA.

In its summary, the NCAA shared its frustration that KU’s response to the amended notice of allegations – issued on March 5 – did not accept more guilt for its alleged actions.

“For more than three years, Adidas and Gassnola and his other staff have had unrestricted access to the institution’s male basketball program, and during this time they have engaged in multiple Level I violations “Said the NCAA. “Not only did the institution not recognize these failures at the time, but it is disappointing that they refuse to take responsibility for them now. “

A KU statement released on Thursday countered the NCAA’s position, saying that “the assertion of enforcement personnel that the KU refuses to accept responsibility is false. The University would absolutely accept responsibility if it believed violations had occurred, as we have demonstrated with other self-reported offenses. “

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