When the West Virginia Mountaineers travel to Lawrence, Kansas to play the Kansas Jayhawks, this will likely be the last time that the game will be such a difficult matchup at Allen Fieldhouse because the NCAA is finally about to lay down the hammer on Bill Self and his shady program. Kansas basketball will never, ever be the same after this scandal.
Remember, the Kansas Jayhawks have not one, not two, but three Level 1 major violations pending and these Level 1 violations carry the most severe punishments, including postseason bans and scholarship losses.
Back in September, the Kansas City Star reported that the Kansas basketball program were notified that their program will face multiple major violations. According to the Star, “The notice will come after a summer of speculation following a top NCAA official saying the organization would make findings against schools involved in a pay-for-play recruiting scheme investigated by the FBI.”
The NCAA has extended Kansas’ deadline to respond to the NCAA’s accusations of recruiting violations by its men’s basketball program. Kansas now has until Feb. 19, 2020 to respond to the NCAA’s Notice of Allegations.
The allegations are related to payments made by Adidas to Kansas players Billy Preston and Silvio De Sousa. De Sousa was suspended for two years by the NCAA but will be eligible to play again this season and Preston now plays for the Texas Legends in the NBA G League.
My prediction is that Bill Self, who faces the violations for “lack of institutional control”, will take the first NBA job offered to him and leave the mess he’s created in Lawrence behind. However, this is a major mess and the Kansas basketball program will likely not be the same for many, many years to come because of it.