NCAA details major charges against KU; University rejects allegations

Kansas head coach Bill Self reacts in the first half during a first round men's college basketball game against Northeastern in the NCAA Tournament, Thursday, March 21, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Jeff Swinger)

LAWRENCE, Kan. (WIBW) - The NCAA has charged KU men's basketball with multiple Level I violations, including lack of institutional control and a head coaching responsibility charge for Bill Self, as well as a Level II violation and responsibility charge for former KU head football coach David Beaty.

We will go through each allegation and then list what the University has said about it in its latest release. You can read the full Notice of Allegations here or click on it under the related documents tab at the top of the page. All recruits named in the Notice of Allegations have had their names redacted in the released copy. Kansas has 90 days to officially respond to the Notice.

"The University’s response will fully and comprehensively present its positions regarding the Notice," KU said in a release. "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."

The NCAA focuses on KU basketball's relationship with former Adidas outside consultant TJ Gassnola and former Adidas director of global sports marketing Jim Gatto, as well as other representatives. There are three Level I violations from instances involving them.

The first allegation states Gassnola and Gatto "provided impermissible benefits to and had impermissible recruiting contacts with" a recruit. This included a Late Night in the Phog meeting to offer money to the recruit to secure their enrollment as well as $89,000 in benefits following that.

In the second allegation, Self and KU men's basketball assistant Kurtis Townsend are named. They, along with "four representatives of the institution's athletics interests, three of whom also acted as agents," are accused of impermissible contacts and benefits with a recruit.

According to the NCAA, Townsend contacted former KU head coach Larry Brown about recruiting this player. Brown promised to speak positively of KU, and after that conversation, he told Townsend the recruit wanted "sponsorship to outfit a nonscholastic basketball team with which he was affiliated."

It goes on to say Self and Townsend then knew of impermissible phone calls between Gassnola and this player. Then, they "offered a recruiting inducement " to the player and "worked together to offer shoes and apparel to outfit the nonscholastic basketball team with which he was affiliated." Following this, the NCAA states Gatto and Gassnola provided $2,500 in benefits and offered $20,000 to get the player to join Kansas.

The third allegation states three consultants of Adidas "engaged in impermissible recruiting activities with three prospective student-athletes," with Self and Townsend knowing about them. It explains Gassnola talked with Self about recruiting this player and offered $15,000 to a family member of theirs to secure their enrollment. Once that player went elsewhere, Gassnola said that he had let Self down.

There is another benefit provided by Gassnola mentioned before former Adidas outside consultant Dan Cutler gets involved. The NCAA states Cutler met with a recruit at an Adidas basketball event in Los Angeles, confirmed their interest in KU and promised his parents they could come to games through financial assistance provided by Cutler and Adidas. According to the document, Self learned about this and called the recruit and his mother about coming to Kansas.

The final incident stated in this allegation deals with former Adidas outside consultant Merl Code. According to the NCAA, Code contacted a recruit to learn what it would take for them to come to KU. He then gave this information to Self and Townsend before an in-home visit with the recruit.

KU strongly denies that anyone from Adidas represented its interests. "The University emphasizes that it emphatically rejects the assertion that Adidas and Adidas employees and associates were boosters and agents of the University (as defined by NCAA legislation) during the period of the alleged violations and therefore acting on the University’s behalf when they engaged in alleged violations of NCAA bylaws," the University said in a release.

Allegation No. 4 is the head coaching responsibility charge for Self. The document states he "is presumed responsible for the violations detailed in Allegation Nos. 1 through 3 and did not rebut the presumption of responsibility." The NCAA believes he knew of the aforementioned interactions as well as Townsend's knowledge, meaning he "did not demonstrate that he promoted an atmosphere for compliance" or "that he monitored his staff."

"As for the allegations regarding Head Men’s Basketball Coach Bill Self, voluminous evidence demonstrates uncontestably that he did, in fact, promote an atmosphere of compliance and fully monitor his staff," KU said in a release. "The University firmly and fully supports Coach Self and his staff."

All of this results in the fifth allegation, which is lack of institutional control. The NCAA states "the institution (1) failed to develop policies to deter and prevent Adidas and its consultants from engaging in NCAA violations, (2) failed to provide NCAA rules education to Adidas and all of its consultants with a connection to the institution and (3) failed to monitor its athletics programs and interactions with Adidas and its consultants to ensure compliance with NCAA legislation."

"The University strongly disagrees with the assertion that it 'lacks of institutional control,'" KU said. "In fact, the University believes that the record will demonstrate just the opposite. The University of Kansas takes seriously all NCAA and Big XII bylaws, consistently provides education to its staff members, and monitors its programs to ensure compliance with these bylaws."

The University goes on to say chancellor Doug Girod and athletics director Jeff Long have had KU's compliance program reviewed and that it "meets or exceeds industry standard in all facets."

“The University of Kansas has high standards of ethical conduct for all of our employees, and we take seriously any conduct that is antithetical to our values and mission," Girod said in a statement. "While we will accept responsibility for proven violations of NCAA bylaws, we will not shy away from forcefully pushing back on allegations that the facts simply do not substantiate. We stand firmly behind Coach Self and our men’s basketball program, and we will continue to work diligently to do what is right.”

"We strongly disagree with the allegations regarding men’s basketball," Long said. "We fully support Coach Self and his staff, and we will vigorously defend the allegations against him and our University."

“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 said in a statement. "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.

"In its haste and attempt to regain control, the enforcement staff has created a false narrative regarding me and our basketball program. The narrative is based on innuendo, half-truths, misimpressions and mischaracterizations. In reality, we all know there is only one version of the truth. The truth is based on verifiable facts, and I am confident the facts we will demonstrate in our case will expose the inaccuracies of the enforcement staff’s narrative.

"I have always taken pride in my commitment to rules compliance and led programs that operate with integrity and within the rules, and I am proud of the success that we have achieved at each program along the way. Every student-athlete who has ever played for me and their families know we follow the rules.

"These allegations are serious and damaging to the University and to myself, and I hate that KU has to go through this process. With our staff’s full cooperation, these allegations will be addressed within NCAA procedures and with urgency and resolve. I will strenuously defend myself and the program, but I will respect the process and will not speak to the details of the case," Self said.

KU football comes into play in the sixth allegation, which results in a Level II violation. It says the team employed one more coach than it was allowed in former football video coordinator Jeff Love. He's accused of meeting with quarterbacks "six to 10 times" and providing instructions like "identifying quarterback reads, coverage reads and adjustments and defensive fronts and alignments." The NCAA also states he gave some on-field instructions as well as texted video advice to players.

That leads to allegation No. 7, a head coaching responsibility charge for former KU head coach David Beaty. He is deemed responsible for allegation No. 6. It says Beaty knew of Love's involvement and even observed one of his meetings.

“I am confident in the University’s process leading to the self-reported violations arising from the previous football staff," current KU head football coach Les Miles said in a statement. "Our entire focus is on the current season and the culture that we are building here at KU. The future is bright for Kansas Football.”

"As for the football violations, we fully met the requirements and our responsibility to the NCAA by self-reporting the violations when our compliance procedures uncovered the issues," Long said. "I am confident in our process to respond to the allegations and look forward to resolving this matter.”

According to the NCAA website, a program is found to have a lack of institutional control when the Committee on Infractions finds major violations and the institution failed to show:

- Adequate compliance measures.
- Appropriate education on those compliance measures.
- Sufficient monitoring to ensure the compliance measures are followed.
- Swift action upon learning of a violation.

The NCAA goes on to say that coaches and staff members can be charged individually, separate of the institution. Show-cause penalties could be pursued for Self and Beaty. For Level I violations, a coach can be suspended for an entire season, while Level II ones can result in half of a season. The Committee on Infractions determines the punishment.

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