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Kansas Receives NCAA NOA, Issues Response

Jason Scott

On Monday, the University of Kansas received an NCAA Notice of Allegations detailing serious alleged violations committed by the school’s men’s basketball program. 

Yahoo Sports reports that the notice includes multiple Level I violations, including charges of a lack of institutional control and head coach responsibility tied in part to the recruitment of Billy Preston and Silvio De Sousa. In that case, a former Adidas executive funneled money to the families or guardians of Preston and De Sousa in order to secure their commitments to the Jayhawks.

Also included in the notice were allegations against the KU football program during former head coach David Beaty’s tenure. Those alleged violations are of the less severe Level II variety, and relate to the program exceeding the permissible number of coaches.

The school posted a redacted version of the notice on its website. 

“[Head basketball coach Bill] Self did not demonstrate that he promoted an atmosphere for compliance based on his personal involvement in violations, and despite having knowledge of potential or actual violations, he did not report any of these matters to athletics compliance staff to allow for an independent inquiry…” the notice reads in part.

Along with the redacted NOA, the school issued a lengthy response including responses from chancellor Doug Girod, athletic director Jeff Long, Self and current head football coach Les Miles.

“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,” Self’s portion of the statement reads. “Compelled to reassure member institutions and the general public that it can police its member institutions, the NCAA enforcement staff has responded in an unnecessarily aggressive manner in submitting today’s unsubstantiated Notice of Allegations, and I, as well as the University, will vigorously dispute what has been alleged.”

The university now has 90 days to issue a response to the NOA, which will be submitted to and considered by the NCAA Committee on Infractions. 

“The University’s response will fully and comprehensively present its positions regarding the Notice,” the university statement reads. “In the meantime, though, it is already clear from an initial review that the University will fiercely dispute in detail much of what has been presented.”

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