Adidas trial: Text messages from KU’s Bill Self, Townsend shown as evidence



October 16, 2018 - 10:04 AM

Kansas head coach Bill Self talks to his team from the bench in the second half against Villanova during an NCAA Tournament national semifinal on March 31, 2018, at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Rich Sugg/Kansas City Star/TNS

Text messages from Kansas Jayhawks basketball coaches Bill Self and Kurtis Townsend to former Adidas consultant Thomas “T.J.” Gassnola took center stage Monday as a federal court case into college basketball corruption winds down.

Gassnola reiterated Monday that KU’s basketball coaches had no knowledge of his payments to families of two KU players. However, text conversations were presented as evidence by the defense in an effort to show KU’s staff knew about Gassnola’s involvement in recruiting players to the Jayhawks.

The text messages were shown on a screen in the New York courtroom. No recording devices are allowed in the court.

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