PleaseBlitz Posted November 2, 2022 Share Posted November 2, 2022 It wouldn’t be a new college basketball season without one of the bluebloods getting caught cheating and “self imposing sanctions” that will have absolutely no negative impact whatsoever. https://www.si.com/college/2022/11/02/kansas-bill-self-suspension-bare-minimum Quote Bless their hearts. On day No. 1,863 since incriminating news broke pertaining to Kansas men’s basketball via the FBI, the school got around to acknowledging that, gosh, maybe it has some NCAA culpability here. Maybe the victimhood play had run its course. Maybe head coach Bill “Just Gotta Get A Couple Real Guys” Self was more than just a naive sap hoodwinked by Adidas in the federal investigation of corruption in college basketball. Maybe assistant coach Kurtis Townsend—heard on an FBI wiretap saying, “We're going to have to do it some way,” in response to a list of impermissible benefits allegedly being sought by Zion Williamson—has some NCAA rule exposure as well. Maybe enlisting bagman T.J. Gassnola and sneaker execs James Gatto and Merl Code to help with recruiting could have some consequences. Maybe Gassnola paying player Billy Preston’s mom $89,000 could be a problem the school has to answer for. Maybe, after five years of being anything but accountable, Kansas was sufficiently cornered that it has to do something with a head coach who was charged with one of five Level I violation levied at the Jayhawks. Not a lot, of course. But something. On Wednesday, Kansas announced that Self and Townsend—each facing allegations of Level I NCAA rules violations—are suspended for the first four games of this 2022-23 season. The two also are prohibited from off-campus recruiting for four months. The school is reducing its scholarships by three over the next three years, implementing a six-week ban on recruiting communicates and unofficial visits and reducing permissible recruiting days by 13 during the 22-23 calendar year.In reality, Self is missing one big game: Duke in the Champions Classic on Nov. 15 in Indianapolis. Kansas could pull a rando out of the Allen Fieldhouse stands to coach against the other three opponents—Nebraska Omaha, North Dakota State and Southern Utah—without risk of losing. A loss to the Blue Devils won’t be harmful come March. This will have precious little effect on the Jayhawks’ season. Anywho, games start Monday. Here is ESPN’s preview. https://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/34650267/2022-23-men-college-basketball-preview-preseason-picks-rankings-complete-coverage Here are the preseason rankings. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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