NCAA hits Kansas, Self with major-violation charges

Kansas received a notice of allegations from the NCAA on Monday citing major violations in the men’s basketball program and lesser violations regarding the football program.Jayhawks men’s basketball coach Bill Self was charged with head coach responsibility violations. The school was charged with lack of institutional control. Three Level 1 violations — the most severe under NCAA rules — are alleged against the men’s basketball team, and the football team faces Level II allegations.The university responded in a statement that it “will fiercely dispute” the charges.Self, who won an NCAA title at the school in 2008 among his three Final Four seasons, could face an NCAA suspension of one season or more.Self replied in a statement, “By the NCAA’s own admission through its public statements early this summer, it’s no secret that there is tremendous pressure on the NCAA to respond to the federal court proceedings involving college basketball … In its haste and attempt to regain control, the enforcement staff has created a false narrative regarding me and our basketball program.”The narrative is based on innuendo, half-truths, misimpressions and mischaracterizations … I will strenuously defend myself and the program, but I will respect the process and will not speak to the details of the case.”The Jayhawks were among the schools that were mentioned in the FBI’s investigation into corruption in the sport that led to the arrest of 10 people, including four assistant coaches, in September 2017.Stan Wilcox, the NCAA executive vice president for regulatory affairs, said during the summer that at least six schools would receive notice of allegations.Kansas was among the schools associated with Adidas that came under scrutiny during the federal investigation.Former Adidas consultant T.J. Gassnola testified that he made payments of $90,000 to the mother of former Kansas player Billy Preston.Gassnola also admitted two payments totaling $22,500 were made from Adidas to Silvio De Sousa, a current Kansas player who was initially suspended for two seasons. Kansas appealed the second season penalty and the NCAA recently ruled De Sousa is eligible to play this season.