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Report: Kansas Basketball Expected To Face Level One Violation Allegations From NCAA

Bill Self looking out of sorts during a Kansas Jayhawks game.

LAWRENCE, KANSAS - JANUARY 02: Head coach Bill Self of the Kansas Jayhawks reacts from the bench during the game against the Oklahoma Sooners at Allen Fieldhouse on January 02, 2019 in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

There have been strong indications that Kansas basketball might be facing some kind of NCAA basketball violations in the coming months. But a new report suggests that they could be getting into some serious trouble, and soon.

According to The Kansas City Star, the NCAA is preparing to send Kansas a "Notice of Allegations," which will detail a series of "major violations." Per the report, the Notice comes on the heels of an investigation into pay-for-play. The allegations are reportedly expected to befor Level One violations, which can result in the most serious penalties available from the NCAA.

As of writing, the report states that Kansas has yet to receive the Notice of Allegations from the NCAA.

The notice will come, sources told The Star, 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.

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“Due to member-created rules, we cannot comment on current, pending or potential investigations,” Stacey Osburn, NCAA director of public and media relations, wrote in an email.

Kansas was one of the schools named during a recent federal investigation into pay-for-play. Thousands of dollars are alleged to have changed hands in an effort to influence where players including Billy Preston and Silvio De Sousa would play. Both ultimately signed with the Jayhawks.

De Sousa was ultimately given a two-year NCAA suspension as a result of the investigation. That suspension has since been reduced, and he is expected to play for the Jayhawks this coming season. Preston enrolled at KU but never played in a regular season game for the Jayhawks, before ultimately departing the school that winter.

In the interim, we don't know what it is that the NCAA may have found. But Kansas will have three months to respond if and when they receive the Notice. A hearing date would then be scheduled, after which we would find out the extent of potential penalties against the Jayhawks program.

Kansas isn't alone though. Arizona, Auburn, Creighton, Louisville, LSU, and USC are also among the programs that are reportedly in the sights of the NCAA in connection to the recent FBI probe into the sport.

[The Kansas City Star]