Bill Self defends program

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October 25, 2018 - 11:42 AM

Silvio De Sousa (22) receives a big hug from Kansas head coach Bill Self after an 81-70 win against West Virginia in the Big 12 Tournament championship game. The sophomore forward De Sousa will be held out of competition while an eligibility review is conducted, Jayhawks coach Bill Self announced Wednesday. Rich Sugg/Kansas City Star/TNS

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Bill Self emphatically defended his Kansas basketball program, while also saying he could not comment about specific allegations that arose from a federal court trial, during a news conference Wednesday night in the media room at Allen Fieldhouse.

“When recruiting prospective student-athletes, my staff and I have not and do not offer improper inducements to them or their families to influence their college decisions, nor are we aware of any third-party involvement to do so,” Self, KU’s 16th-year coach, said several hours after adidas executive James Gatto, former adidas consultant Merl Code and former sports agent Christian Dawkins were found guilty in a New York courtroom of seven counts of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

“As the leader of the Kansas men’s basketball program, I take pride in my role to operate with integrity and within the NCAA rules, which is a fundamental responsibility of being the head basketball coach.”

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