Kansas coach Bill Self and assistant coach Kurtis Townsend were held off the road for the live recruiting period in June and July, sources told CBS Sports. Self and Townsend missed the biggest period in college basketball recruiting, which came and went Sunday afternoon without the leader of the reigning national champions at key events nationwide.
The Jayhawks weren't without representation across the country, however, as assistants Norm Roberts and Jeremy Case were on the road throughout the spring and summer.
Kansas officials could not comment on the matter, as the NCAA threatens additional penalties if schools discuss ongoing cases publicly.
Self and Townsend were subject to self-imposed sanctions from Kansas that signal the first cooperative effort by the program as it continues a years-long battle with the NCAA stemming from the FBI investigation into bribery and corruption in college basketball recruiting. KU received its Notice of Allegations from the NCAA in September 2019 before. Since then, Kansas and the NCAA have been quiet about the case publicly.
Kansas is still awaiting its critical and long-overdue hearing with the IARP's decision makers, sources said. The NCAA is also in the process of overhauling its enforcement process as a part of the greater restructuring of Division I with the transformation committee.
An absentee Self has stirred conversation in coaching circles, particularly as he and Townsend weren't on hand at the recruiting calendar's crown-jewel event, Nike EYBL's Peach Jam in North Augusta, South Carolina. As the weekend wore on and Self was nowhere to be seen, speculation increased further.
Kansas enters the 2022-23 season coming off a national championship in early April, Self's second with the Jayhawks. KU is ranked eighth in.
Coaches will not be able to visit recruits in person again until mid-September. Whether Self and/or Townsend will be allowed to resume full recruiting activities by then remains to be seen. As for how much damage control this move will help in Kansas' bid to avoid significant punishment from the IARP, industry sources believe a significant suspension for Self and a potential postseason ban for the Jayhawks are penalties that remain on the table.