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Kansas self-imposes four-game suspension for basketball head coach Bill Self


Kansas Jayhawks on a roll coming out of school fourth NCAA basketball championshiphis first since 2008 and the second championship for head coach Bill Self.

However, the Jayhawks title defense will start without Self on the bench.

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self helped guide his Jayhawks to the 2022 national championship.
(Rich Sugg/The Kansas City Star/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

Kansas suspended Self and assistant coach Kurtis Townsend for the first four games of the 2022 regular season for violations stemming from an NCAA infraction investigation in 2017.

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Assistant coach Norm Roberts will act as interim head coach during Self’s absence.

“Coach Townsend and I accept and support KU’s decision,” Self said in a statement. “We’re in good hands with Coach Roberts, and I’m confident he’ll do a great job off the bench leading our team. I’m proud of the way our guys handled this situation and I can’t wait to get back on the bench for our game against NC State.”

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The university will also withdraw one scholarship per year for the next three years, as well as the “reduction of four official visits in this academic year and in 2023-24”.

Kansas self-imposes four-game suspension for basketball head coach Bill Self

Kansas Jayhawks head coach Bill Self cuts the net after defeating the North Carolina Tar Heels in the second half of the 2022 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament National Championship game at Caesars Superdome on April 4, 2022 in New Orleans
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The 2017 investigation involved five schools – Arizona, LSU, Louisville, NC State and Kansas.

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Kansas’ involvement came over whether two Adidas reps were considered recalls after arranging payouts for two rookies.

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Kansas self-imposes four-game suspension for basketball head coach Bill Self

Kansas Jayhawks head coach Bill Self stands next to the 2022 NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship trophy during Late Night in the Phog at Allen Fieldhouse on October 14, 2022 in Lawrence, Kansas.
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“Throughout this process, we have had ongoing conversations with all parties involved,” Kansas Chancellor Douglas A. Girod said in a statement. “We believe the actions we are announcing today bring us closer to resolving this matter.”

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The Jayhawks’ third game of the season is against No. 7 Duke on Nov. 15.

The Associated Press contributed to this report


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