LAWRENCE — On the same day Sports Illustrated published the first part of an investigative series into the malpractices of the Oklahoma State football program, KU coach Charlie Weis sent an email to KU staff and administrators on the importance of following NCAA and Big 12 rules.
By RUSTIN DODD
The Kansas City Star
In a copy of the email obtained by The Star on Tuesday, Weis, while not specifically mentioning the Oklahoma State situation, referenced NCAA Bylaw 22.214.171.124, which deals with the responsibility of a head coach in a program.
“As the Head Coach of the football program, Bylaw 126.96.36.199 states that I am responsible for your actions regarding NCAA rules and regulations,” Weis wrote. “I expect each of you to abide by all NCAA, KU and Big 12 rules and regulations. I will not tolerate deliberate NCAA rules violations and expect all rules violations to be reported to the Compliance Office immediately.”
According to a Kansas official, the email was consistent with a message that all KU head coaches send their respective staffs after meeting with the compliance department each year.
Earlier on Tuesday, Sports Illustrated started a five-part comprehensive report on rules violations in the Oklahoma State program, which began with accusations that boosters and assistant coaches were paying players for performance and through a system of “no-show” jobs.
The accusations, which dated back to the tenure of Les Miles from 2001-04, sent ripples throughout college football. According to Weis’ contract, he would be required to pay up to $1 million in costs, expenses and attorneys’ fees, if the program were “placed on probation due to a serious, intentional or significant or repetitive violation of NCAA rules.” While the clause is not unusual for college coaches, Weis’ email emphasized the importance of complying with NCAA bylaws. The list of recipients included, among others, KU’s assistant coaches and athletic director Sheahon Zenger.
“While promoting an atmosphere of compliance,” Weis wrote, “I expect all of you to communicate regularly with the Compliance Office regarding rules interpretations or any arising situations.”
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