LAWRENCE, Kan. -- The NCAA said Kansas "demonstrated a
failure to exert a lack of appropriate institutional control" over
a six-year period that led to dozens of violations in football and
men's and women's basketball.
Besides that allegation, however, the findings released Friday
largely mirrored what the university had reported to the NCAA last
June. In the self-report, Kansas had admitted violations in its
football and basketball programs and said it was placing its
athletic department on two years' probation.
"Since we have worked closely with the NCAA throughout this
process, nothing in these pages surprises us," athletic director
Lew Perkins told reporters during a news conference.
Perkins said university officials will meet with the NCAA on
Aug. 13 to discuss the violations, after which the regulating body
will determine whether additional punishment is required.
Perkins ordered the internal review shortly after being named
athletic director in June 2003.
Most of the football violations centered around coaching
assistants arranging test help for prospective students, which the
NCAA termed "academic fraud."
The NCAA agreed three boosters violated rules by providing gifts
to men's basketball players who had exhausted their eligibility.
University officials said last year that former basketball coach
Roy Williams approved the gifts.
The report also added violations surrounding Kansas forward
Darnell Jackson, who received thousands of dollars in gifts, cash
and other assistance from Don Davis, a booster living in Jackson's
hometown of Oklahoma City. The university discovered the violations
last summer and agreed to suspend Jackson for the first nine games
of last season.
In addition, the women's basketball team was nicked for
providing transportation for a prospective student.
The report listed 26 "secondary" violations it says the
university did not report to the NCAA. The violations go back to
1997 and mostly involve arranging transportation or meals for
prospective students or their families.
The lack of institutional control charge centers on the
university allowing the athletic department's compliance auditor
position to sit vacant on three occasions between 1997 and 2002;
the school's failure to report the secondary violations; and its
failure to make sure boosters and coaching staff understand NCAA
rules regarding benefits for players.
Rick Evrard, an attorney and former NCAA enforcement officer
assisting the university with its response, said he didn't know how
the NCAA may handle the institutional control charge.
"Prior to our response, we have to make evaluation as to
whether or not additional penalties should be imposed," he said.
He and Perkins noted the university has since hired an assistant
athletics director for compliance and plans to bulk up the
compliance office's staff by adding two positions next year.
"We're going to turn this thing around, and hopefully we'll
never hear the words 'lack of appropriate control' and 'Kansas'
[together] again," Perkins said.