Kansas coach Self considers legal action against NCAA

Kansas coach Bill Self is considering legal action against the NCAA due to the investigation into his program, according to a letter that was sent to the organization by Self’s attorney.Scott Tompsett, who represents Self, wrote to the NCAA that the purpose of the letter was to “formally put the NCAA on notice of Mr. Self’s current and prospective claims against the NCAA relating to the NCAA’s infractions investigation of the KU men’s basketball program and Mr. Self.”The letter was initially obtained by ESPN through an open-records request and was subsequently seen by the Kansas City Star.In the letter dated June 12 and sent to NCAA vice president of legal affairs Scott Bearby, Tompsett wrote, “Without limiting Mr. Self’s claims, he is considering bringing legal action against the NCAA and NCAA officers, employees and representatives for negligence, breach of contract, defamation, fraud, tortious interference with contract and tortious interference with prospective contract.”Kansas has been charged with five Level I rules violations — the most serious type — including lack of institutional control.Self, 57, could be suspended for up to an entire season for any Level I violations.Tompsett described the allegations regarding Self as “erroneously premised upon an arbitrary, misguided and unprecedented interpretation and application of NCAA booster and recruiting legislation.”Last month, the NCAA enforcement staff alleged in a 92-page memo that Self and assistant coach Kurtis Townsend “embraced, welcomed and encouraged” Adidas employees and consultants to influence highly regarded recruits to sign with Kansas by sending money to the players’ families and handlers.Kansas responded by saying the allegations were “simply baseless and littered with false representations.”Meanwhile, Tompsett sees the situation as an attempt to end Self’s employment.

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