LAWRENCE – Kansas is expected to soon receive a notice of allegation from the NCAA citing major recruiting violations in the program, the Kansas City Star reported.
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.
Level I allegations — the most severe under NCAA rules — could lead to penalties and possibly a suspension for coach Bill Self, who won an NCAA title at the school in 2008.
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.
Gassnola avoided prison time at his sentencing date on Sept. 10 due to his cooperation with authorities. He received one year of supervised release, two months of home confinement and a $100 fine, according to reports.
During trial last October, an FBI wiretap was introduced in which Kansas assistant Kurtis Townsend and Adidas consultant Merl Code were heard discussing what was needed for highly sought recruit Zion Williamson to sign with the Jayhawks. Williamson later chose Duke.
Code’s attorney, Mark Moore, read the transcript in the court, detailing what Townsend told Code.
“Hey, but between me and you, you know, (Williamson’s stepfather Lee Anderson) asked about some stuff. You know? And I said, ‘Well, we’ll talk about that after you decide.’
“And then Mr. Code says: ‘I know what he’s asking for,'” Moore continued. “… ‘He’s asking for opportunities from an occupational prospective. He’s asking for money in the pocket. And he’s asking for housing for him and the family.’
“And they go on to talk. And Mr. Townsend says: ‘So I’ve got to just try to work and figure out a way. Because if that’s what it takes to get him for 10 months, we’re going to have to do it some way.'”
North Carolina State is the only school thus far to have received a notice of allegations from the NCAA, stemming from the FBI’s look into corruption.
–Field Level Media