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University of Kansas

NCAA Board of Directors requiring self-review of each D-I men’s basketball program

By Jesse Newell

October 16, 2017 12:32 PM

The NCAA has directed all Division I programs to examine their men’s basketball programs for potential rules violations following an FBI probe of the sport, and Kansas — for one — says it has followed through on the request.

KU athletic director Sheahon Zenger released a statement Monday afternoon, saying the NCAA Board of Directors announced the reviews last week.

“In light of recent announcements related to college basketball, Kansas Athletics discussed topics like recruiting, extra benefits and agents,” Zenger said. “We have complete confidence that our men’s basketball staff not only understands NCAA rules but also follows them.”

Zenger said the NCAA Board of Directors also was requiring all Division I institutions to look at the conduct of their men’s basketball coaching staffs and administrators to ensure compliance with NCAA rules.

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“We will comply with that request as well,” Zenger said.

The Associated Press reported earlier Monday that it had asked 84 colleges, including all the nation’s power men’s basketball programs, and six top conferences about their response to the FBI investigation and arrests.

Of 63 schools that responded, 28 said the FBI’s probe into college basketball recruiting and bribery prompted their own internal reviews, the AP reported.

The AP reported Kansas, Kansas State and Wichita State were among the 28 schools who answered yes to this question: “Are you reviewing your own basketball program — internally or with a consultant — as a response to the federal probe?” Shortly after the AP report was published, a KU Athletics spokesperson said that he had told the AP that the Jayhawks were “monitoring the situation” and were not conducting an internal review.

Kansas State confirmed that it was reviewing its men’s basketball program per the NCAA request.

Missouri did not respond to the AP question, but a Mizzou Athletics spokesperson told The Star: “We will comply with any NCAA directive.”

Among the schools conducting internal reviews of their compliance operations, according to the AP, are Louisville, where Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino has been fired after 16 seasons. The list also includes Arizona, Auburn, Oklahoma State and Southern California — each had assistant coaches arrested as part of the sting — and Alabama, where a review led to the resignation of basketball administrator Kobie Baker but unearthed no NCAA violations, according to school officials.

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The AP also asked universities if they had been contacted by federal or state law enforcement. Only the schools involved in the federal complaints acknowledged being contacted.

The Associated Press and The Star’s Aaron Reiss contributed to this report

Jesse Newell: 816-234-4759, @jessenewell