KU’s NCAA Investigation Nears End

Bill Self reported the Billy Preston issue

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  1. KU’s NCAA investigation timeline ⏰

  2. Self reported Billy Preston 😯

  3. Mike’s KU links to check out 📝

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KU’s NCAA Investigation Nears End

When Will It End?

The final decisions for all five finished NCAA/IARP cases landed four months and change after their case hearings (the NCAA’s version of a trial). Kansas is right in that range now, as the hearing occurred on April 18.

I’m also assuming that the NCAA wouldn’t mind announcing penalties, which are unlikely to be severe, right before a holiday weekend with Labor Day ahead. KU’s case will mark the end of the IARP, an unmitigated disaster for just about everyone involved.

Because of that…

I’m guessing we’re roughly one week away from learning KU’s fate in the NCAA-Adidas bribery case. I’d expect the penalties to land sometime between August 28-September 1.

Bill Self actually reported the Billy Preston issue

I also wanted to share an additional note I recently stumbled across. In reading Self’s attorneys’ 77-page response to the amended NCAA Notice of Allegations, I found something that hadn’t been widely reported outside of a few local articles.

The info seemingly refutes the Level 1 allegation that Bill Self didn’t promote an atmosphere of compliance.

Remember when Billy Preston had his mystery car accident?

It turns out the reason Preston didn’t play for Kansas was because Self received an anonymous tip that the freshman’s mom may have accepted money from Adidas’ consultant TJ Gassnola.

According to the statement, Self immediately reported the information to a senior athletic department official. KU and its outside counsel filed a self-report to the NCAA and requested his reinstatement (which never came).

Because Self personally reported the Preston incident, he was declared ineligible and never played for KU.

If the attorneys’ statement is accurate, I have a hard time believing the NCAA’s semi-independent investigators can prove Self didn’t promote an atmosphere of compliance.

It also corroborates Gassnola’s sworn testimony that he took numerous steps to hide the payments from the University and Self.

“[I] didn’t want anybody at Kansas, the coaching staff, to find out that I did that,” said Gassnola.

While Self is not tied directly to the allegation that Preston’s family received impressible benefits, the charge serves as the NCAA’s basis for a failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance and a lack of institutional control.

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