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The NCAA’s punishment of De Sousa could be just the beginning for Kansas

Silvio De Sousa is suspended two years for a rules violation that investigators agree he did not know about or benefit from. That is patently unfair and at different points in NCAA history would not have been punished.

The bigger story here, though, is that many in and around college sports believe this is merely the first step in a bigger play against the Kansas men’s basketball program and Hall of Fame coach Bill Self.

De Sousa, in that way, may simply be collateral damage in a bigger power move.

“I think that very much is the case,” said Don Jackson, a lawyer with extensive experience representing coaches and athletes against the NCAA.