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NCAA punishes KU

Basketball scholarship lost; postseason play unaffected

October 13, 2006

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It is now on the record that sometime in Al Bohl's 20-month tenure as Kansas University's athletic director, compliance officer Janelle Martin approached Bohl about the need to budget more help for her understaffed office.

"Compliance," Bohl is said to have responded, "doesn't sell tickets."

That belief, in part, indirectly brought Kansas to Thursday's news, when the NCAA Committee on Infractions passed out punishment for violations committed within the athletic department between 2000 and 2005.

A lack of institutional control allegation - brought forward partially by severe compliance shortcomings during Bohl's tenure - was justified in the eyes of the committee. A three-year probation was handed down as a result, keeping Kansas on a short leash until Oct. 11, 2009.

KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway was asked specifically about Bohl's comment cited in the committee's report - one which seems to reflect an attitude that likely gets schools in the very trouble Kansas finds itself in.

"He never said that to me," Hemenway responded. "I think you can just about imagine what would have happened had he ever had."

In addition to the probation, more penalties were passed out for KU's football and men's basketball programs, which were cited as being in violation of multiple NCAA rules. Among the new punishments:

¢ Men's basketball loses one scholarship for the 2007-08 and 2008-09 school years, and will have 12 grants to give instead of 13.

¢ Men's basketball also must restrict the number of official campus visits by eight over a two-year period. Given 12 per year, coach Bill Self now has 16 visits to use instead of 24 between now and the 2008-09 school year.

¢ For being found guilty of academic fraud and other violations, football loses three scholarships per signing class for each of the next two years. The 25-scholarship maximum for most football programs is just 22 for Kansas until 2009.

¢ Kansas must disassociate with booster Don Davis, who provided $5,000 in improper benefits to men's basketball player Darnell Jackson. Kansas already suspended Jackson nine games last season for his role.

Mark Mangino press conference

KU head football coach Mark Mangino answers questions about the NCAA penalties. Enlarge video

Women's basketball, meanwhile, received no punishments beyond what was self-imposed 16 months ago, and the committee actually found the previous penalties of scholarship loss and recruiting restrictions to be too harsh, saying they were "disproportionate" to the infractions.

Hemenway said KU would not appeal the new penalties.

"The committee has been very fair with us," Hemenway said. "We trust the process, and we accept the committee's judgment. This is a process that speaks to the integrity of intercollegiate athletics. It is a process that deserves our respect."

The relief for Kansas overall is that no postseason bans were passed out in any sport, meaning KU's football team will be eligible to play in a bowl game, and the basketball teams are eligible for postseason tournaments if they qualify.

Bonnie Henrickson press conference

KU head women's basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson answers questions about the NCAA penalties. Enlarge video

"That : is the kind of penalty that would come up with some pretty significant facts," Committee on Infractions chairman Gene Marsh said of a postseason ban, "and that just really wasn't in the mix here, honestly."

Marsh took questions via teleconference for 30 minutes Thursday afternoon before a KU news conference at Hadl Auditorium. There, Hemenway, Athletic Director Lew Perkins, attorney Rick Evrard, KU football coach Mangino, Self and women's basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson all fielded questions.

Mangino and Self had similar opinions on the new punishments passed to their programs: serious, but not back-breaking.

"Even though the reduction of scholarships is a serious matter," Mangino said, "it's not a fatal matter."

Bill Self press conference

KU head men's basketball coach Bill Self answers questions about the NCAA penalties. Enlarge video

Thursday's news finally puts to rest KU's compliance troubles. The news was first made public in July 2005 when Kansas announced self-imposed penalties for violations unearthed internally. The NCAA took over the case, and its findings - which weren't much more than what KU documented - were made public in April.

In August, Kansas officials made their case to the Committee on Infractions at a Baltimore hotel, and the final step of the process came down Thursday with the committee's 31-page response.

"We discovered we had a problem; we fixed the problem," Hemenway said, "and we are ready to move forward with a much stronger compliance program."

When Bohl - who could not be reached for comment - made the reported statement about compliance before his 2003 firing, Janelle Martin was the lone compliance officer, and she split time between that and being senior woman administrator.

NCAA Division I committee teleconference on KU's violations

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Since then, Kansas has boosted its compliance staff to five full-time employees under the direction of Perkins.

The committee noticed the change, and Marsh even addressed it without solicitation.

"The current director of athletics should be recognized for his good and effective work since he came on in the summer of 2003," Marsh said. "In our view, he's made all the right moves since taking the job and has helped the school a great deal in its compliance effort."

Comments

adastra 8 years, 7 months ago

So who..... Forced Bob Frederick out Hired Al Bohl Was asleep at the switch when Roy got miffed Reacted too late to keep Roy As President of the NCAA-Div I always stressed institutional accountability Hired the 2-million dollar man (Perkins) Allows Perkins to run a staff with nepotism Heard from a donor some disquieting things, told the AD, but then never followed up Was at the helm when a compliance officer left, which should have sent up signals Presided over an athletic dept. headed by his choice officials which allowed for this conduct to occur. ... ... The buck stops at the Chancellors desk. No excuses. Everyone wants to blame Bohl, but he was the Chancellor's guy. So who is going to hold the Chanc accountable and how? Is anyone other than a lowly graduate assistant going to lose their job over this? ...

BigAl 8 years, 7 months ago

Wow macon47.. I see your inferiority complex is acting up again. Probably for good reason.

betti81 8 years, 7 months ago

oh monkeyspunk, not a basketball fan huh? Guess why mens basketball is so huge here...History of course. Kansas is tradition rich in this area. Was the football team coached by the inventor of the game? was the baseball team coached by one of the best coaches in the history of coaching (phog of course)? ku football teams have had great players and great runs, but mens basketball consistantly wins. KU men's basketball has had only one coach with a losing record...James Naismith. I think he made up for that though.

mens basketball has had 10 (yes 10) coaches in over 100 years. football has had 12 in the last 58 years. baseball, well i can't find that information. my point, consistancy. it builds a fan base and a winning team.

if you are refering to high school talent being more available in other areas, i would not necessarily agree. the reason football and baseball recruit in kansas is because the caliber of player these two programs can attract is not even in the same ballpark as the mens basketball. the basketball team recruits nationally, where as the football and baseball teams recruit more regionally.

settling, oh i think not. i love my basketball team. i have high hopes each year for the other teams ku puts forth because i am a kansas fan. but until these teams actually deliver, basketball with have my devotion.

monkeyspunk 8 years, 7 months ago

KU current and future student atheletes are not being punished. They are still getting their facetime on the tube and will still have a chance at post season play (if any of the teams make it)

What I am tired of is the absolute ineptitude of KU Athletics. So many other Division I schools excell at multiple Men's sports, and all KU can brag about is basketball and only barely.

The state of Kansas is rich with football, baseball, and to a lesser extent basketball talent, yet in the first two areas, only recently has KU shown consistent performance. (much to the credit of the new baseball coach)

Its time KU fans stopped settling for a slightly better than average men's basketball team, and start demanding that KU start resembling some of the other major collegiate athletic programs...

Unfortunately, this fiasco mentioned above isn't going to help.

roger_o_thornhill 8 years, 7 months ago

Like I said yesterday when a remarkable similar article came out, they shoulda got the SMU treatment.

betti81 8 years, 7 months ago

adastra-i agree presidents should be held responsible in some way. i believe in this case, hiring a new AD who places a priority on compliance was the proper thing to do.

Kontum1972 8 years, 7 months ago

and the War in Iraq grinds on....are there any "really Honest people" out there anymore.....?

betti81 8 years, 7 months ago

"*Heard from a donor some disquieting things, told the AD, but then never followed up" (adastra)

uumm, yeah, so how did this investigation and self-imposed sanctions come about? I do believe the chancellor did follow up on what he heard.

are you refering to a different situation?

"Was asleep at the switch when Roy got miffed Reacted too late to keep Roy" (adastra)

I am a Roy fan, but I believe it is not in the chancellor's or the university's best interest to kiss the *ss of a coach who is unhappy and wants to leave. he did not produce the ultimate goal (national championship) and we as a team have lost very little in his absence. We will soon see if coach Self can deliver the goods. (I know Roy won in NC, but I would argue, not with his own players--and not by himself in regards to coaching. there is a reason dean smith still has an office there and it is not to sit silently on his computer and play solitare or mindsweeper).

i am not trying to pick on your comment adastra. i just found some points worth a response. (actually i could respond to all of them, but i don't have time.)

roger_o_thornhill 8 years, 7 months ago

Harvard on the Kaw--I like it. Has a good ring to it (tongue clucking). Lawrence ain't Cambridge (MA) though.

Shelby 8 years, 7 months ago

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Kontum1972 8 years, 7 months ago

so when does the drop trou...and paddling start?

adastra 8 years, 7 months ago

betti: Good try, but I don't think that is why the old AD left nor the new AD hired. It was that bball coach issue. And, remember the football test taking went on under the new AD's watch with the new AD's choice of football coaches and staff, including compliance. .. For presidents and AD's in these situations ... nonfeasance should be the same as malfeasance. Not in a criminal sense, but a professional one. It comes with the responsibility, and salary associated with, the position itself. In this case, as former president of the NCAA-Div I, the chancellor should be subjected to the very highest of standards that he has stated for others. .. I prefer the Navy's rules to the Army's. The captain of a ship is totally responsible for anything that happens on his watch. But as we have learned in Abu Gharib, we have seen no real responsibility assessed.

Kelly Powell 8 years, 7 months ago

Makes me sick to my stomach......We really need to go back to "college is for learning, not pre-op for the pro's"...and not only is mangina a fat,fat man....He is also , in my opinion, a rude man who treats others as beneath his notice and with,at times, with complete contemp.

adastra 8 years, 7 months ago

betti: You are correct..I evidently am confusing two issues. But I paraphrase from the NCAA press release: ....After the chancellor instructed the former director of athletics to make the changes, no one in the institution's administration followed up to make sure he complied....not until approximately 18 months later... .. Me: If NCAA ethical compliance issues are not a regular monthly discussion item for any university president with his AD, he should also be culpable. This arises from the very principle of control which university presidents insist on as fundamental.

I too do not believe that Roy is an all to end all, but it was well known this situation festered for a long time, and I wondered where strong hall was at the time.

My basic point is that in the discussion of these issues, people forget these are highly paid professional AD's (and increasingly their family members and friends) and they and their organizations do still report to university presidents. Presidents should likewise be held professionally accountable. ... .. The only ones punished here are 1) a lowly football GA, 2) an ex-AD, indirectly after-the-fact, and 3) current and future KU student athletes.

Ken Miller 8 years, 7 months ago

KU is very, VERY fortunate. Slap on the wrist. Yes, scholarships lost - but no postseason ban or TV ban. Cha-ching, the register still chimes. Fewer visits for Coach Self - well, just make sure the text messaging system you use to keep in contact with players has unlimited messages and can get to places like Alaska and Eastern Europe.

The Chance and Sweet Lew need to make sure they go to church this weekend and thank the Big NCAA investigator in the sky.

Wilbur_Nether 8 years, 7 months ago

macon47 wrote that "KU is generally regarded by outsiders as snotty liberals who think they are HARVARD ON THE KAW." Which has not generally been my observation or experience. Two exceptions: in-State individuals who were more supportive of one of the other regents institutions; other individuals who were more supportive of other Big XII schools.

Otherwise, I don't find macon47's observation to be accurate.

Oh, and person184's comment "Shelby,you are unnecessarily mean" causes me to wonder what constitutues necessary meanness?

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