Kansas and Bill Self are the kings of university basketball, but the consequences from the FBI

Kansas captured its fourth national championship in program history through an exciting 72-69 triumph over North Carolina on Monday night in New Orleans.

For Jayhawk fans, this is not an easy fact – everything that matters at the moment and everything that will matter in the coming days and weeks. That’s good. So it should be.

For KU head coach Bill Self, now everything is also pretty great. In the near future, they may become a little more complicated.

With the victory at the Superdome, Self became only the third most active coach in college basketball with several national championships, joining Jay Wright and Rick Pittin. He also became the first coach in the long and historical history of Kansas basketball to return Lawrence to more than one national title.

The two Selfie Championships will be remembered as a pair of historic comebacks.

Against John Calipari and Memphis in 2008, Kansas lost by nine points with a score of 2:12. Some missed free throws by the Tigers and three by Mario Chalmers before the regulation signal turned the game into overtime, where the Jayhawks won 75-68.

On Monday night against North Carolina Kansas won the biggest victory in the history of the national championship games, when the 16th figure was fought by Tar Hills, 72-69. The Jayhawks also became the first team to fall 15 or more in the break of the national championship and return to victory.

The selfie is now looking down, potentially the third return in the monster’s career that may prove most important to him.

You wouldn’t have learned about it by listening to any of the Kansas Final Four broadcasts on TBS, but the Jayhawks face NCAA allegations of five Level I violations. I’m listed directly in the three Level I violations that are the most serious that the NCAA does. .

However, there is good news for Kansas. In its only decision so far, the independent liability process that KU uses for its case has allowed NC State to abandon what most would consider a blow to the wrist. The biggest reason why?

“We didn’t want to offend or punish the student-athletes who were currently competing,” said IARP member Dana Welch.

In the following weeks, NCAA President Mark Emmert repeated these sentiments.

While NC has dealt with two Level I violations compared to five in Kansas, Welch and Emmert’s quotes still feel important. After all, in the current KU list there is not a single player who has been involved in any alleged offenses that took place 4-6 years ago.

Of course, there is one key figure in the NCAA’s report on the charges was with the Kansas basketball program at the time of the alleged violations and who remains the face of the Jayhawk basketball program.

While coaches like Rick Pitina (Louisville), Mark Gottfried (NC … and Cal State Northridge), Sean Miller (Arizona) and Will Wade (LSU), all lost their jobs at least in part because of the corruption scandal FBI, Self he not only stayed in Kansas, he prospered. The Jayhawks reached the Final Four in 2018, were 4th in 2019, had to become favorites before the tournament in 2020, took 3rd place in 2021 and now rank first in the world of college. .

Mike Krzyzewski just called it a 75-year career. Roy Williams did the same last year at age 71. The selfie won’t even turn 60 until December 27 this year. There are some who will tell you that he is now the best active coach in college basketball, and given his current position in the sport it’s not hard to predict that some of his best years may still be ahead.

That’s where the sinister but that looms on the periphery of this story finally jumps up and takes center stage.

The NCAA / IARP will inflict some personal punishment on Self. It seems almost a certainty. It could be a suspension of multiple games, it could be a perennial exhibition, it could be a suspension for the entire season; who knows.

Trying to predict exactly what the NCAA is going to do is as stupid a thing as filling a bracket in early March, but I’m not on the sidelines the next time Kansas plays a real game, it feels about as safe as choosing 2 -seed to take care of 15. Of course, we may have a situation of St. Peter, when the Self is inexplicably skating, but the Vilanova-Delaware scenario is still much safer.

After 19 years of top-level success, Self has nothing left to prove, even with all this speculation about the pendant revolving around it. So what’s next?

The obvious and most likely answer is that he swallows any sandwich that the NCAA gives him and then returns to the expansion of the empire he has already built in Lawrence. But is there another problem that could entice him? NBA? Another job in the top 10 in sports? Completely detach from sports? A mini-concert tour of the West Coast with Snoop?

Again, a more likely scenario is that in a couple of years we will be back to normal for Self and Kansas, and the Jayhawks are immediately back to what we expect of them: winning Big 12 titles and chasing national championships. For the well-being of a sport that has lost two of its most legendary head coaches in the last two years and is on the verge of losing a few more in the coming years, this is probably for the better.

But, there is an awkward and unpleasant journey that needs to be passed and completed before any of this can happen. At the moment, Kansas fans should pretend that this chapter does not exist.

However, Self will soon have no choice but to turn the next page.

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