Post-season ban in Kansas shouldn’t be in the cards after Louisville’s slap on the wrist for NCAA violations

For years, every time I was asked what kind of punishment schools should expect with wrongdoing issues dealt with through the Independent Accountability Resolution process, I’ve been constantly saying it’s impossible to know for sure because this was a whole new way of doing things, Until an independent decision panel ruled on at least one of them, I didn’t feel comfortable speculating much about what was going to happen.

But the IRP has now been ruled out three who are they.

A track record has been created.

So let me be the first to congratulate KS. Because if the way the IRP has ruled in the NC State case, the Memphis case and the Louisville case is any indication, there is no real reason for KU fans to continue to worry about a possible post-season ban. True or false, non-athletes judging these issues have indicated that they are not interested in taking post-season opportunities from student-athletes who have nothing to do with the issues at hand while making it clear that they simply do not understand the cases they have been asked to adjudicate.

Here’s the lesson from Thursday – when the IRP announced it Louisville will not face any post-season ban or any meaningful penalty Despite the fact that an Adidas representative agreed to buy a five-star opportunity for the school for $100,000. And the reason Louisville won’t face any post-season ban or meaningful penalty despite the fact that an Adidas representative agreed to buy the school’s five-star opportunity for $100,000 is because, well, I’ll let committee chair David Pink tell you himself.

“Our interpretation is that (Adidas) were primarily driven by brand promotion, and they were trying to take steps to promote their brand, not promote the organization,” Pink explained.

This is hilarious LOL.

To be clear, I don’t really mind that Louisville had slight recruiting restrictions and a small fine that you could easily pay by selling popcorn because all of this stuff started over five years ago, everyone involved either moved or was relocated in, and at this point, who cares? Louisville has competed in the NCAA tournament only once, and lost more ACC matches than they have won, since Rick Pettino was fired in October 2017 – and the Cardinal is currently expected to finish near the bottom of the league under first-year coach Kenny Payne. Thus, you can reasonably say that Louisville has been punished enough.

So … whatever.

But, nevertheless, the lack of reasoning the IRP used to arrive at its decision is truly astounding because it is impossible for anyone who understands how college basketball works even slightly to conclude that Adidas was doing anything other than buying a player for LOUISVILLE when he agreed to pay $100,000 To Brian Bowen’s father in exchange for his son’s registration. If you want to argue that Pitino didn’t coordinate it or even know about it, I’m happy to hear that argument. But Benck says with a straight face that Adidas was just trying to promote its brand, rather than helping Louisville add a talented player, is totally absurd.

Adidas has basketball stars Damien Lillard, Tra Young, Andrew Wiggins, Jamal Murray, Anthony Edwards, Donovan Mitchell, Derek Rose, James Harden, Evan Mobley, Fred Vanfleet, Jaylene Brown, John Wall and Zach Levine to promote its brand—and not Name baseball stars Aaron Judge and Alex Bergman, golf stars Dustin Johnson and Colin Morikawa, football stars Aaron Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes, football stars Lionel Messi and Karim Benzema. But sure enough, the sportswear company also needed Brian Bowen, a teenager very few people outside employment circles knew existed in 2017, to promote its brand.

Do you realize how stupid this sounds?

Either way, it sounds like great news for Kansas because if the IRP didn’t want to penalize current student-athletes (as has now been said several times), and if the IRP didn’t think Louisville should be punished severely for pushing Adidas the prospect of enrolling in Louisville (as demonstrated on Thursday), then why should KU worry about its pending sentence given that the crux of the case against it was that Adidas was similarly illegally recruiting for Jayhawks? I mean, I think I could have seen coach Bill Self and his assistant Curtis Townsend get some kind of suspension on top of the four self-imposed suspensions earlier this week, show cause penalties, or both. (or nothing). But the post-season ban for the reigning National Champions has forever been the only realistic punishment to be feared, and it’s now clear that the IRP can’t go there with KS without completely contradicting the way other cases are ruled history.

So rest easy, Kuwait University fans.

At this time last year, none of us knew what to expect as it relates to the penalties that will result from these IARP cases because none of them have been resolved yet. But now we know what we’re dealing with, and what we’re dealing with is another toothless commission that doesn’t even understand why a sportswear company pays recruits. So, with such a track record, the most reasonable thing to assume is that Kansas will compete in the 2023 NCAA Championship and every one after that until Bill Self retires or faces the kind of bad season he hasn’t had since taking over for nearly 20 years.


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