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LAWRENCE — The NCAA struck back at the University of Kansas and its men's basketball program, calling five Level I violations that are alleged to have occurred "egregious" and arguing that they "undermine and threaten" college athletics.

TOPEKA, Kansas — If Kansas lawmakers pass a bill allowing student-athletes to make money off endorsements, you might see the next five-star KU or K-State basketball recruits selling cars, shoes or soda.

Dozens of states, including Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma, are thinking about changing the rules since the NCAA said in October that it will eventually allow student-athletes to be paid for their name, image and likeness. These bills are stopgaps, aimed at putting rules in place should there be a period of time before national rules are approved by the NCAA or Congress.

The University of Kansas on Thursday responded to NCAA allegations that it was guilty of recruiting violations in its basketball program, insisting it did nothing wrong.

In its official response to the NCAA, KU says the allegations are “unsupported by the evidence and the record.” It adds that “charges leveled against Coach (Bill) Self are not based on fact.”

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Intrust Bank Arena will host the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament in 2022.

Wichita was one of four cities selected to host Sweet 16 and Elite Eight games that year. Wichita State University will serve as the host school.

"It's another great day for sports in Wichita," Brian Hargrove, executive director of sports for Visit Wichita, said Wednesday. "We are looking forward to providing another energetic welcome to basketball fans to Wichita in 2022. The announcement today reaffirms that Wichita is a sports destination in the Midwest."

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Coming out of the weekend, lots of fans in Lawrence and Manhattan were thrilled as their basketball teams advanced in the NCAA tournament.

But that also means some coaches are putting extra money in their pockets.

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The NCAA tournament is expected to bring in $10 million dollars to Wichita’s economy, according to the city.

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Law enforcement officials are ramping up their presence during the NCAA tournament in Wichita.

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Wichita is among eight cities to host the first and second rounds of the NCAA men's basketball tournament. Downtown businesses are hoping thousands of visitors will eat, sleep, shop and perhaps get a haircut.

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Thousands of basketball fans will be in downtown Wichita this week for NCAA tournament activities. The sold-out games and street parties mean parking lots are going to fill up quickly.

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Need tickets?

As the NCAA men's basketball tournament prepares to open in Wichita this week, tickets for all three sessions at Intrust Bank Arena are long gone.

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