Kansas on probation for violations in men's hoops, football

Updated: October 12, 2006, 5:51 PM ET
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INDIANAPOLIS - Kansas is in trouble once again for the bad judgment of its basketball program.

The university was placed on probation for three years for a handful of violations in men's basketball and football, the NCAA announced Thursday. There were no postseason bans.

The school originally imposed a two-year probation on itself, but the NCAA committee decided to add another year, citing a lack of institutional control.

"The committee finds that during the period in which the violations took place, the institution lacked control over its department of athletics and that the deficiency contributed to the problems that arose," the NCAA committee stated in its public report.

Among other penalties, the men's basketball program had its number of scholarships dropped by one to 12 for the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons and official paid visits reduced to eight.

Football will lose at least three scholarships for both the 2007 and 2008 seasons.

This is the second time in 18 years that the Kansas basketball program has run afoul of the NCAA. Following its 1988 national championship under coach Larry Brown, the school was barred from postseason play because of illegal benefits given to players.

This time, the violations included a booster giving more than $5,000 in benefits to two basketball players and their families. One player received the majority of the benefits before and after he attended the university.

The NCAA report said other boosters gave graduation gifts to outgoing players, a fact that individuals within the athletic department were aware of, including former basketball coach Roy Williams.

In football, seven tranfers received improper benefits before they were admitted to the school. Two of those players were provided with answers to a test by a former graduate assistant coach.

The basketball violations occurred from 2002 through 2005, spanning from Williams to current coach Bill Self, who will be starting his fourth season with Kansas next month.

The violations first surfaced in July 2005, two years after athletic director Lew Perkins took over for Al Bohl.

After reporting the violations to the NCAA, Kansas leveled its own sanctions. Unfortunately, the NCAA did not feel those penalties justified the violations.

In all, there were 11 violations that the NCAA considered - five from football, three in men's basketball, one in women's basketball and one encompassing 26 secondary violations. Another charge involved the school's lack of institutional control.

The women's basketball program had two scholarships cut for the 2005-06 season by the university after staff members arranged for housing and transportation for potential players.

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