@KUSTEVE The $80,000 I was referring to was the money provided to Preston’s mom.
Regarding SDS, a booster paid SDS money to go to Maryland. This makes him ineligible. It doesn’t matter whether Adidas or some other third party paid Maryland or Kansas. It still makes the kid ineligible, and it still means we played an ineligible player. Further, it was our recruiting partner (booster) that did it. Gassnola. Our guy. Bill Self’s guy. So we will be assumed to have that knowledge – he’s our agent. Acting on our behalf. But it’s still a violation either way. @Marco, are you listening?
@Marco I’m pretty much done trying to explain this to you. You seem to simply want to ignore what I have said on this topic. And you don’t understand the concept of “evidence.” When someone testifies under oath, that’s evidence. Text messages are evidence. The circumstances are evidence. And fact finders add up the evidence and come to a conclusion from the evidence. There doesn’t have to be a video or audio. The conclusion is not a high standard, like a criminal trial is. It’s a lower standard. But it’s fine if you want to continue to claim there’s no proof. Try thinking about this … why was SDS ruled ineligible for a year if there was “no proof”? For nothing? Logic … connect the dots. Our recruiting partner, Gassnola, testified that Preston’s mom was paid $89,000. Try reading the definition of a university booster. It will help. Adidas called there recruiting involvements “Black Opps” – one to many “p’s”, but that what they called it. And try to grasp this concept - if you pay a player to come to your college, it is still an NCAA violation even if he doesn’t play (Preston). If other’s pay your player to go somewhere else, and he goes to your school, he’s still ineligible (SDS). Get it?
But I’ve said all this before.
Some snippets below -
Gassnola testified that he paid Preston’s mother, Nicole Player, and her partner $89,000 over the span of almost one year. That included a $30,000 payout made in early November 2016 at a New York hotel and $20,000 in January 2017 in Las Vegas. Gassnola, through his fiancée, wired $20,000 to Player’s partner, Timicha Kirby, in February 2017. Gassnola also sent Player $15,000 in June 2017 and $4,000 in late September 2017. Also Thursday, Gassnola testified he paid the guardian of current KU sophomore Silvio De Sousa $2,500 for online courses so that De Sousa could graduate high school. Gassnola also said he agreed to pay $20,000 to help the guardian repay a Maryland booster who gave him $60,000, but Gassnola never paid, he said.
In the case of the first KU player referenced, whose family was alleged to have received $90,000, the indictment states the agreement to pay the family was made in or around October 2016 “shortly after the student-athlete, who was considered one of the top recruits in his class, unofficially committed to attend the University of Kansas.” On Oct. 1, prized recruit Billy Preston attended KU’s Late Night in the Phog event. He then officially committed to KU in November.
In the email, Gassnola said he attended “Late Night in the Phog” on Oct. 10, 2014 and “met with Coach (Bill) Self.”
Self was asked during KU’s basketball media day in Lawrence about Gassnola’s email, which, according to Yahoo’s Dan Wetzel, also included that Gassnola “talked recruiting targets” and “assured (Self and his staff) we are here to help.”
“No I don’t have any response,” Self said when told of Wetzel’s reporting on Gassnola.
On Monday, they presented text messages to the court between Gassnola and the Kansas coaching staff, the most damning of which came on Sept. 19th, 2017, just days before Kansas — who is supposed to be the victim in this ordeal — announced that they had agreed to a 12-year, $191 million extension on a sponsorship deal with Adidas.
After Gassnola texted Self to thank him for helping get the deal done, Self responded by saying, “Just got to get a couple real guys.”
Gassnola: “In my mind, it’s KU, Bill Self. Everyone else fall into line. Too (expletive) bad. That’s what’s right for Adidas basketball. And I know I’m right. The more you have lottery picks and you happy. That’s how it should work in my mind.”
Self: “That’s how ur (sic) works. At UNC and Duke.”
Gassnola, after acknowledging that it works like this at Kentucky, too: “I promise you I got this. I have never let you down. Except (Deandre). Lol. We will get it right.”