One of the longest ongoing investigations of the last decades will reportedly come to an end on Wednesday with the Kansas basketball infraction ruling set to be announced according to a report from Sports Illustrated’s Pat Forde.
Bill Self and the Kansas basketball program have been in the midst of a six-year saga dealing with a case from 2017 that resulted in federal investigations at multiple programs across the nation.
The ruling comes from an NCAA hearing panel that was created in 2019 which spawned the Independent Accountability Resolution Process (IARP). Kansas remains the final team awaiting rulings from the group in the final chapter of the IARP, as the process was created in response to corruption scandals, but took some major criticism over the last six years.
Kansas was charged with five Level I violations according to Forde, which ranks as some of the most severe breaches of NCAA bylaws to date, including a lack of institutional control charge, and an allegation that Bill Self failed his head-coach responsibility requirements for compliance within his program.
Mixed in throughout the process were multiple payments to athletes from Adidas representative Thomas Gassnola, as the frontman for Adidas allegedly paid former Jayhawks Billy Preston and Silvio De Sousa money under the table.
Bill Self faced a program-mandated suspension in the 2022-23 season for the first four games of the year, five years after the cases’ initial wave of investigation. While the report doesn’t mention a specific ruling or what the expected outcome of the case is for Kansas, Wednesday marks a big day in the history of both the NCAA and the IARP.