Kansas basketball recently learned that center Silvio De Sousa will be suspended for the remainder of this season and the entire 2019-2020 season. The NCAA hits may not be over for the Jayhawks.
Per a new report by CBS Sports, Kansas fears that the De Sousa investigation could open the doors for a full NCAA probe into the program.
De Sousa was initially identified in the FBI investigation into the sport, which included a report that his legal guardian, Fenny Falmagne, had received $2,500 from adidas representative T.J. Gassnola. There was also an alleged agreement for a $20,000 payment, but it never went through.
Silvio De Sousa is not alleged to have had previous knowledge of the payment, and Gassnola says that Kansas coaches were unaware as well.
In the wake of the Silvio De Sousa NCAA reinstatement case, Kansas is reportedly worried about a full investigation into the Jayhawks program.
From Dennis Dodd:
Kansas officials are concerned that a formal NCAA infractions case may be developing into the basketball program after a recent reinstatement ruling, several sources told CBS Sports.
Sources at Kansas, those close to the reinstatement process involving forward Silvio De Sousa and familiar with the NCAA process, said a door could be opening to one of the first formal infractions cases to stem from the wide-ranging FBI investigation into college basketball.
The details within are pretty muddy. One of the linchpins in a potential investigation, per Dodd, is the decision by Kansas to identify Gassnola as a booster during the De Sousa reinstatement saga.
However, that was done on the NCAA’s insistence to keep the reinstatement investigation going, to give De Sousa a chance to play.
That dual designation came as a surprise to Kansas officials who say they only agreed to designate Gassnola as a booster. Kansas athletic director Jeff Long described publicly on Feb. 1 how the school had to designate Gassnola “as a hypothetical” for the De Sousa reinstatement case to continue.
Long said, that day, Kansas “disagreed” on how to define Gassnola’s role but that the NCAA made it a condition of considering De Sousa’s reinstatement.
“The NCAA told us that they would not consider a reinstatement unless we included that information,” Long said. “If we did not include the hypothetical, they would not consider reinstatement until after the enforcement investigation was complete.”
Gassnola also has some connection to head coach Bill Self, shown through text messages released in the FBI reports, which doesn’t look great for him either, should the NCAA pursue a case.
While the NCAA hasn’t opened a formal investigation, or indicated that it is pursuing a further look into the Jayhawks, the FBI has shared materials with the the organization, so there could be a number of shoes ready to drop.