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NCAA Accuses Kansas Of Committing 'Severe', 'Egregious' Violations

May 8, 2020 1:45 AM

The NCAA accused Kansas basketball of committing "egregious, severe" violations in a 92-page letter.

The Jayhawks are charged with five Level I violations, including a lack of institutional control. Bill Self is also individually charged with several violations relating to his responsibilities as head coach.

"While the football allegations involve alleged Level II and III violations, which are serious alleged violations, there can be no doubt the men's basketball allegations are egregious, severe and are the kind that significantly undermine and threaten the NCAA Collegiate Model.

"The institution secured significant recruiting and competitive advantages by committing alleged Level I men's basketball violations. The institution, in taking its defiant posture in the case, is indifferent to how its alleged violations may have adversely impacted other NCAA institutions who acted in compliance with NCAA legislation," wrote the NCAA in a letter to the university.

The NCAA also said that Kansas assistant Kurtis Townsend "embraced, welcomed and encouraged" Adidas employees to influence high-profile recruits to go to the school.

Kansas released a response to the NCAA, denying all accusations.

"The NCAA enforcement staff's reply does not in any way change the University of Kansas' position that the allegations brought against our men's basketball program are simply baseless and littered with false representations. As the federal trial proved, Adidas employees intentionally concealed impermissible payments from the University and its coaching staff. The University has never denied these impermissible payments were made. For the NCAA enforcement staff to allege that the University should be held responsible for these payments is a distortion of the facts and a gross misapplication of NCAA Bylaws and case precedent."

Mark Schlabach/ESPN

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Kansas Basketball To Lower Season Ticket Prices At Allen Fieldhouse

May 6, 2020 1:46 AM

Kansas will lower season ticket prices at Allen Fieldhouse next season for the first time in over a decade.

The school announced a new pricing structure that will drop the price of tickets as much as 45% for those who had season tickets last year.

Kansas has sold out 306 consecutive games dating back to the 2001 season. Ticket prices have climbed since the 2008-09 season.

"It is unfortunate to see how this pandemic has hit so many, so hard, but hopefully the addition of tiers and lower ticket prices will allow our fans to enjoy Kansas basketball together again soon," said Bill Self.


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Devon Dotson Leaves Kansas For 2020 NBA Draft

Apr 13, 2020 2:55 PM

Devon Dotson is leaving Kansas after his sophomore season for the 2020 NBA Draft.

Dotson is the No. 31 prospect in the draft per ESPN.

"After careful consideration with my family and full support of my coaches, I have decided to enter the 2020 NBA draft and pursue my lifelong goal of being an NBA player," Dotson told ESPN on Monday. "This has been my ultimate dream and my time at KU has prepared me. I intend to sign with an agent and remain in the draft. I would like to thank God, Coach Self and the entire coaching staff, my parents, KU support staff, teammates, Jayhawk Nation, and everyone for making these two years extremely special!"

Dotson averaged 18.1 points, 4 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game for the Jayhawks.

Jonathan Givony/ESPN

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Bill Self Reiterates He Won't Become Head Coach Of Spurs

Mar 4, 2020 9:17 AM

Bill Self has again dismissed rumors that he could leave Kansas to become head coach of the San Antonio Spurs when Gregg Popovich retires.

“Well, yes and no because I don’t hear about it much at all because I know there is absolutely zero truth to it,” Self said when asked about the Spurs' connections. “If I know anybody, I probably know R.C. Buford. He showed me around (during) my recruiting visits to Oklahoma State, he was responsible for getting me up here primarily as a graduate assistant at Kansas, I lived with him for a year, he was in my wedding and I was in his wedding, his son played for me, my son now works for him. I think I know ‘Boof’ pretty well. And I will promise you, this has never been broached one time, never even discussed at all.

“So, people may say whatever because we are buddies, which we are, and proud of that. But I am not going to be the next coach of the San Antonio Spurs, nor would he want me to be. I mean, they got arguably the greatest coach of all time that still has got a lot of gas in the tank. So, that is a rumor I know some people have said, but that is a pretty ridiculous one right there.”

Tom Orsborn/San Antonio Express-News

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Bill Self Strongly Denies Links To Becoming Head Coach Of Spurs

Jan 3, 2020 11:10 AM

Bill Self publicly addressed rumors that he could leave Kansas to replace Gregg Popovich as head coach of the San Antonio Spurs. Self has been linked with the Spurs due to his longstanding friendship with R.C. Buford.

Seth Greenberg of ESPN made the prediction this week.

“First of all, I have not talked to Seth in five to six months,” Self said. “Secondly and most importantly I haven’t talked to R.C. ever about it, and he was in my wedding and I was in his. I know him pretty well and we’ve never once discussed it (job).

“Thirdly, I think it’s kind of an insult to the Spurs because they have the greatest coach maybe our sport has potentially ever known, especially NBA,” Self added. “One of the two or three best all time for sure.

“There’s absolutely zero truth to that,” he continued of rumors he’ll be Spurs coach, maybe next season. “The thing that cracks me up about some media types is the more outlandish things you can say … what it was, was (his) ‘Bold Predictions for 2020 (segment).’ You grab something or throw something against the wall and hope something sticks. There’s zero truth to that. That’s not even one that would impact us positively, negatively. There’s nothing to it at all.”

Gary Bedore/Kansas City Star

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Bill Self Could Possibly Succeed Gregg Popovich As Head Coach Of Spurs

Dec 9, 2019 5:40 PM

Gregg Popovich has given no indication to the San Antonio Spurs that he won't remain as head coach next season.

There has been speculation that Popovich could retire shortly after the 2020 Olympics with the United States.

League sources tell Sam Amick and John Hollinger of The Athletic that Bill Self is a potential replacement as head coach of the Spurs. Self is a close friend of R.C. Buford and have been so since their college days at Oklahoma States. Self and Buford worked together as assistants under Larry Brown at Kansas in the mid-1980s.

Kansas is under investigation for potential NCAA violations.

Sam Amick, John Hollinger/The Athletic

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Kansas Basketball Set To Be Accused Of Major Violations By NCAA

Sep 22, 2019 12:39 PM

The NCAA will reportedly issue allegations of major violations against Kansas basketball, according to The Star.

The allegations surround a pay-for-play recruiting scheme that was investigated by the FBI involving schools associated with Adidas.

A former Adidas employee testified in federal court that he made payments of over $92,000 to the guardians of two Kansas recruits on behalf of the company.

N.C. State received a notice of allegations earlier this summer that included Level 1 violations, which could result in postseason bans and a loss of scholarships.

Jesse Newell & Steve Vrockrodt/The Kansas City Star

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