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KU senior Devonté Graham and Svi Mykhailiuk lead the KU Jayhawks to a 74-72 win over Texas Tech and secure at least share of 14th consecutive Big 12 title.

Kansas coach Bill Self says his players haven’t been distracted “at all” by the FBI’s investigation into college basketball recruiting, which resulted in more details being released by Yahoo Sports on Friday.

“I probably am more distracted than them. No disrespect … you ask me questions about it, which you’ve got to do. That’s your job,” Self told a reporter after Saturday’s 74-72 victory over Texas Tech at United Supermarkets Arena. “I’m not distracted (to the point), ‘Hey I can’t focus because I’ve got this going on.’ Not at all.”

“It has,” Self added, asked if the investigation into the sport has “impacted” him personally.

It’s impacted him in general terms, he stated.

“I’m a coach in our business. Certainly it’s impacted me from a negative standpoint worried for our sport and all those things. I don’t think it’s impacted me in a way that I can’t focus on what’s important right now and that’s our team,” Self said.

Self didn’t shed any light on Friday’s news involving former KU guard Josh Jackson.

Reports by Yahoo Sports link Apples Jones, the mother of Jackson, a 2017 NBA first-round draft pick, to loans provided by agent Andy Miller's ASM Sports Agency and also include a claim that Jones received money from Adidas.

Jones, according to Yahoo, received $2,700, which included a Feb. 1, 2016 advance of $1,700. That date is before Jackson committed to KU on April 11, 2016.

Yahoo released another story Friday night that referenced Jones, reporting FBI documents showed that Christian Dawkins — a 24-year-old associate for ASM — emailed his bosses on Aug. 20, 2016 while referencing a conversation he had with Jackson's mother. That email was sent more than two months after Jackson first arrived at KU's campus.

“His situation is going to get done at the very end," Dawkins wrote of Jackson's agent status, according to Yahoo. "UA is giving (Jones) 10k a month and she’s also getting paid by adidas now — so she’s plenty taken care of. She actually works all of under armours events now and talks to the parents as a “advisor”. I do think she’s honest when she says she has only spoken with (agent) Bj Armstrong at this point. After further dialog I don’t think (NBA agent Bill) Duffy will be in there — but you can’t count him out ever. We will have to discuss how we will handle the moms boyfriend moving forward.”

Jones runs the 1 Nation Elite AAU program, which is sponsored by Under Armour. Yahoo reported it was "unclear why she also allegedly got paid by Adidas." Yahoo also reported one of Dawkins' expense reports from two months earlier listed a hotel charge of $367.01 with the description, “Room for Josh Jackson stepdad.”

Self was asked by a reporter Saturday to respond to the “allegations about Josh.”

“I’m not sure there’s been any allegations (about Jackson),” Self said. “There was a report. We don’t have any idea on the validity of the report. Obviously it’s a concern of everybody involved with college basketball and and it will get the proper attention, but that hasn’t been something … Obviously from a sports perspective we’re all concerned but from that perspective I know our people are on top of that. That did not have anything to do with us today affecting us.”

Self said, “no, no,” when asked if he’s made any phone calls to anybody regarding possibly gathering details about the Yahoo story.

Asked if he’s confident KU “will be OK,” Self said: “I’m not sure there’s been anything that says we’re not going to be. I think you are reading into some stuff that I don’t think has been said.”