A playoff ban for Kansas shouldn’t be in the cards after Louisville’s slap for NCAA violations

For years, whenever I was asked what kind of punishment schools whose cases of violations were dealt with through the independent accountability process should expect, I always said it was impossible to know for sure because it was a whole new way of doing things, and until an independent resolution committee ruled on at least one of them. I didn’t feel comfortable speculating too much on what was to come.

But the IRP has now ruled on Three of them.

A list has been established.

So let me be the first to congratulate Kansas. Because if the way the IRP ruled on the NC State case, the Memphis case, and the Louisville case is any indication, there’s really no reason for KU fans to continue to worry. of a possible post-season ban. Rightly or wrongly, non-athletes adjudicating these cases have indicated that they are not interested in taking away post-season opportunities from student-athletes who had nothing to do with the ongoing issues at all. making it clear that they just didn’t understand the cases. they were asked to comment.

This is the lesson of Thursday – when the IRP announced that Louisville will not face any postseason bans or other meaningful penalties. despite an Adidas rep agreeing to buy a five-star prospect for the school for $100,000. And why Louisville won’t face a postseason ban or other meaningful punishment despite an Adidas rep agreeing to buy a five-star prospect for the school for $100,000 is because, well, I’ll let panel chairman David Benck tell you himself.

“In our interpretation, (Adidas was) primarily driven by brand promotion, and they were trying to take action to promote their brand, not to promote the institution,” Benck explained.

It’s hilarious LOL.

To be clear, I really don’t mind that Louisville has only been hit with minor recruiting restrictions and a small fine that it can easily pay off by selling popcorn, because this all started over five years, everyone involved has either moved on or been displaced. on, and, at this point, who cares? Louisville has only appeared in the NCAA Tournament once and has lost more ACC games than it has won, since Rick Pitino was fired in October 2017 – and the Cardinals are currently expected to finish near the bottom of the league under freshman coach Kenny. Payne. So you can reasonably say that Louisville has been punished enough.

So … no matter.

But, having said that, the lack of logic used by the IRP to arrive at its decision is truly astonishing because it is impossible for anyone who understands how college basketball works even slightly to conclude that Adidas was doing more than BUYING A PLAYER FOR LOUISVILLE when it agreed to pay Brian Bowen’s father $100,000 in return for signing up his son. If you want to argue that Pitino didn’t orchestrate it or even know about it, I’m happy to listen to that argument. But Benck saying with a straight face that Adidas was just trying to promote their brand, instead of helping Louisville add a talented player, is utterly ridiculous.

Adidas has basketball stars Damian Lillard, Trae Young, Andrew Wiggins, Jamal Murray, Anthony Edwards, Donovan Mitchell, Derrick Rose, James Harden, Evan Mobley, Fred VanVleet, Jaylen Brown, John Wall and Zach Levine to promote its brand — not to mention baseball stars Aaron Judge and Alex Bregman, golf stars Dustin Johnson and Collin Morikawa, soccer stars Aaron Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes, and soccer stars Lionel Messi and Karim Benzema. But, of course, the sportswear company also needed Brian Bowen, a teenager very few outside recruiting circles even knew in 2017, to promote its brand.

Do you realize how stupid that sounds?

Either way, this seems like great news for Kansas, because if the IRP doesn’t want to punish current student-athletes (as it has repeatedly said), and if the IRP doesn’t think not that Louisville should be severely punished for paying Adidas a prospect to enroll in Louisville (as he showed on Thursday), so why should KU worry about his impending sentence given that the heart of the case against him is that Adidas was similarly recruiting illegally for the Jayhawks? I mean, I guess I could see coach Bill Self and assistant Kurtis Townsend getting some sort of suspension on top of the self-imposed four-game suspensions earlier this week, or cause penalties, or both. (Or nothing.) But a postseason ban for the defending national champions has always been the only realistic punishment to fear, and it’s now clear that the IRP can’t go with Kansas without completely contradicting the how he ruled on other cases at Date.

So rest easy, KU fans.

At this time last year, none of us knew what to expect in regards to the penalties these IARP cases would bring, as none of them had yet been resolved. But now we know what we’re dealing with, and we’re dealing with another toothless committee that doesn’t even understand why a sportswear company is paying recruits. So with that track record established, the most reasonable thing to assume is that Kansas will be in the 2023 NCAA Tournament and everyone after that until Bill Self either retires or has the type of bad season he doesn’t. ‘has literally never had since he took over almost 20 years ago. years ago.

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