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Kansas Basketball Imposes a 4-game Suspension on Head Coach, Bill Self

Kansas basketball head coach Bill Self and assistant Kurtis Townsend have been suspended for the first four games of the season, the institute announced.

This self-imposed punishment by the university stems from a 2017 NCAA investigation into Kansas following an FBI probe that found multiple basketball programs paid top recruits to attend their schools.

Self and Townsend were named in the NCAA's notice of allegations that accused the school of five Level I violations tied to its relationship with Adidas.

They will miss three home games — against Omaha, North Carolina State and Southern Utah — but will also miss a huge matchup with Duke in Indianapolis on Nov. 15.

The sanctions also included recruitment restrictions for Self, Townsend and the school:

  • Neither coach attended off-campus recruiting-related activities from April-July.

  • Three total scholarships were cut that would be distributed over the next three years

  • Official recruitment visits for next year were reduced by four.

  • A six-week ban on recruiting communications.

  • A six-week ban on unofficial visits.

  • A 13-day reduction in recruiting days this year.

This decision comes just seven months after the Jayhawks completed the largest comeback in a men's basketball national championship game to beat North Carolina, 72-69.

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