Roy Williams violated NCAA rules as basketball coach at Kansas by approving payments to graduating players and others who had used up their eligibility, the school said yesterday.

After conducting an internal review, the school said Williams -- now preparing for his third season at national champion North Carolina -- approved payments made by three representatives of the university's "athletics interests."

The school said Dana Anderson, Joan Edwards and Bernard Morgan gave cash and clothing to graduating student-athletes and other players who had exhausted their eligibility. About $400 was the most that any player was said to have received. Payments went back to as far as 1998.

Steve Kirschner, a spokesman for North Carolina, said Williams was on a recruiting trip and would release a statement today.

The violations, which Kansas reported to the NCAA last month, were among several involving the men's and women's basketball programs, and the football program, ending in 2003.

The school began its investigation on the same day Kansas Athletic Director Lew Perkins arrived on the job in June 2003.

In a letter dated July 1, the NCAA told the university its staff was reviewing the self-report and conducting follow-up interviews.

-- From News Services