"You come at the king, you best not miss."
Bill Self and the Kansas Jayhawks received excellent news today when the NCAA’s Independent Accountability Review Process (IARP) announced a decision on the school's men's basketball infractions case.
Kansas Jayhawks Receive Limited Punishment from NCAA
Make no mistake, this is a MASSIVE win for the men's basketball program. The Jayhawks won't face any postseason ban and effectively face a minor slap on the wrist, with Bill Self and Kurtis Townsend both facing no additional penalties.
Widely expected to be atop the AP Men's Basketball Top 25 rankings to start the season, Kansas has one of the best rosters in the country and hopes to win a second NCAA Championship in three years.
Harsher sanctions would have been disastrous. Instead, the Jayhawks' self-imposed bans deemed no further significant punishments and the program can, for the most part, refocus on the upcoming season.
Kansas was arguably the program with the most to lose among those targeted by the 2017 federal probe into college basketball corruption. Schools like Louisville and LSU ousted their coaches, while the Jayhawks organization admittted some wrong-doing but fought the allegations.
The idea of losing Bill Self was unfathomable to the Kansas faithful and that unwavering belief was justified today.
With Hunter Dickinson and Nick Timberlake transferring to the Jayhawks to join a stacked roster including Dajuan Harris, Kevin McCullar, and KJ Adams, this is shaping up to be a special year for Kansas.
If the NCAA can't stop the Jayhawks, who can?
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