In 2019, the NCAA alleged five Level I violations against the Kansas men’s basketball program and coach Bill Self for payments made by representatives of Adidas, KU’s apparel sponsor, to entice recruits to join Kansas.
The allegations originated from an FBI Investigation into college basketball corruption, an investigation that ended in 2017.
Kansas elected an ‘‘alternative resolution’ and took the case to the IARP (Independent Accountability Resolution Process).
The IARP is composed of “independent investigators, advocates and adjudicators who are responsible for reviewing select infractions cases in Division I,” according to the NCAA website.
Still, Kansas athletic director Travis Goff isn’t sure when a resolution to the case is coming.
“We don’t have any details around the when,” Goff told The Star. “I think there’s been a natural evolution like initially earlier in my tenure, you start thinking: ‘Okay, well it’s probably going to hit by X’ (and) then that doesn’t happen. Then, ‘it must be hitting by Y.’
“I don’t think we are hyper-focused (on it) because it’s so far out of our control. At the end of the day, we just have to be prepared for whatever it’s going to be, and we’ve got to handle it really well. I’m confident that’s what we’re going to do.”
In November 2022, KU told the IARP it would self-impose sanctions against the men’s basketball program.
The self-imposed sanctions included a four-game suspension for head coach Self and assistant coach Kurtis Townsend, among other restrictions. The pair served their suspension in the first four games of the 2022 season.
Goff isn’t sure how helpful the self-imposed sanctions will actually be in lessening KU’s potential punishment, but he’s hopeful.
“Conceivably, there could be some positives to that,” he said. “But, you never know how that’s going to play out. We had a great alignment in that being the right move almost a year ago, and I guess that will be determined as to how that plays out in the final outcome.”