Georgia Tech punishment not necessarily a sign of what's to come for Kansas
On Thursday afternoon, three days after the University of Kansas received a Notice of Allegations from the NCAA, the Georgia Tech men’s basketball program received a one-year postseason ban and four years probation for its own recruiting improprieties.
So what can KU fans learn from the Georgia Tech punishment about the Jayhawks’ situation, which is still months from being known or wrapped up?
Not a lot, says Josephine Potuto, a University of Nebraska College of Law professor and former chair of the NCAA committee on infractions.
“The (Committee on Infractions) bases its decision on penalties based on NCAA bylaws that provide general parameters and on the facts and circumstances of each particular case,” Potuto told the Journal-World via email Thursday afternoon. “These vary a great deal case to case, making comparisons difficult. To the extent that the COI believes that cases are similar in scope, (with) individuals found to be involved, and the type, nature, and number of violations, the COI strives to provide consistency in penalties.”
As Potuto points out, the specifics of the Kansas and Georgia Tech cases differ quite a bit but are, at their core, similar. Both are rooted in impermissible benefits and involve head coaches, assistant coaches and third parties connected to the programs.
Georgia Tech’s punishment — some of which was self-reported — included the postseason ban, the probation, a reduction in scholarships and fines and came from two Level 1 charges by the NCAA.
As outlined in the NOA, Kansas is facing three Level 1 penalties along with a lack of institutional control tag and a coach’s responsibility charge.
Kansas has 90 days to respond to the NOA and the NCAA then has 60 days to answer that before a hearing is scheduled to reach a final decision.
Most experts agree that the earliest a conclusion can be reached would be late spring or early summer next year.