NCAA Basketball

Witness grilled over texts to KU's Self

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NEW YORK (AP) Lawyers for a former Adidas executive who's a defendant at a college basketball corruption trial zeroed in on Monday on communications between a recruiting fixer and the head coach at Kansas.

On cross-examination in federal court in Manhattan, a key government witness, ex-Adidas consultant Thomas "T.J." Gassnola, was confronted with a record logging a call with Coach Bill Self, as well as texts he exchanged with Self.

The communications occurred amid what prosecutors say was a scheme by Gassnola, former Adidas executive James Gatto and two other defendants to funnel secret cash payments to the families of top-flight prospects to steer them toward programs sponsored by the sportswear company. While Gassnola has testified that wanted to keep coaching staffs in the dark about the prohibited payments to keep them out of trouble with the NCAA, the defense has sought to show the programs were aware of what was going on behind the scenes because of cozy relationships with fixers like the witness.

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