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Off-Court Issues Haven't Shaken Kansas AD's Confidence

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LAWRENCE, Kan. - Kansas athletic director Sheahon Zenger understands people may have questions about the legal issues surrounding the Jayhawks' storied basketball program, an avalanche of off-the-court news that in recent weeks has cast a shadow over Allen Fieldhouse.

He also hopes people understand many of them cannot be discussed publicly.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Zenger maintained his confidence in Kansas coach Bill Self's handling of the program and insisted the athletic department has "a very healthy relationship with the university and local law enforcement.

Still, the past few weeks have been dominated by headlines the Jayhawks could do without.

It began with news that police are investigating a reported rape at McCarthy Hall, the $12 million dormitory that houses the men's basketball team and other students. No suspects have been identified in connection with the incident the night of Dec. 17. Five members of the team are listed as witnesses, but no charges have been filed.

During the investigation, police uncovered two glass smoking devices with residue inside. Sophomore forward Carlton Bragg Jr. was charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia in that case and suspended, a punishment that was lifted this week when he was granted diversion. Bragg was also arrested in December following an altercation with a woman.

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