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Wednesday, November 8, 2006

Keegan

Keegan: Dismissal saddens Rush

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On the day he learned he was named first-team preseason All-American, Kansas University sophomore forward Brandon Rush learned his friend had been booted from the team, this time for good. As usual, Rush was honest in assessing the situation Tuesday night after a 90-55 exhibition victory over Emporia State.

"I worry about him sometimes," Rush said of C.J. Giles. "He's irresponsible sometimes."

Irresponsible is too soft a word for the latest Giles transgression. Even if he didn't do more than, according to the police report, he admitted to campus cops that he did - which was drag a woman off of his bed, onto the ground and into a hallway - thuggish would be a better word than irresponsible.

You can't blame Rush for using the softer word, though. After all, until Tuesday, Giles and Rush were members of the same family, faced with the same responsibilities. Giles was bad at adhering to them, and he's gone. Rush has been good at it, not that it has been easy for him, he said.

"It's kind of hard to be responsible in college," Rush said. "You have basketball, girls, practice and tutoring. It's kind of hard to take everything at once."

Not, however, too difficult a juggling act for Rush, who readily admits he finds the classroom challenging.

"I manage my time," Rush said. "I don't think C.J. manages his time right. The first time he got in trouble kind of brought him down a little bit."

Coach Bill Self was right there to pick him back up again, and this was how Giles thanked him for a second chance the coach gave the player for the potential good of the player, not for self-serving reasons, not for the good of the team, for the good of Giles and Giles alone.

Giles missed a practice, broke a team rule and blew off child-

support payments and was allowed back once he showed progress in those areas.

"I was a little surprised about this one," Rush said. "I didn't believe it at first that he could be so irresponsible."

Rush said he still considered Giles a friend and still would "talk to him every day." Giles should listen to his friend when Rush said it would be best for Giles to leave town and pursue basketball opportunities elsewhere. He could play Division II ball this season.

The players learned about Giles' dismissal at the 2 p.m. shootaround.

"I was like, 'Not again!' We tried to help him," Rush said.

In the first half, Emporia State's mouthy miniature guard DeAndre Townsend had too easy a time getting to the lane and too easy a time tossing in runners because there was nobody there to block his shot. There's no point in saying Kansas could have used Giles in the first half because that would be no different from saying the Jayhawks could have used Wayne Simien last season. Simien had exhausted his eligibility by playing four seasons. Giles has used up his eligibility by misbehaving.

Giles doesn't deserve to wear a Kansas uniform, and he has torched his welcome in Lawrence. Don't expect him to bolt today, though. He's got too much baggage to pack in one day.

"He wasn't going to play until second semester," Rush said. "We had to get through it anyway. Now that he's gone for good, it's probably better for the team, better chemistry."

Giles needs to think ABL, as in Anywhere But Lawrence.

Comments

mitch 13 years, 2 months ago

No one can say Bill didn't try. Hopefully Giles can learn from the experience and move on. One less distraction for the team this season. Everyone else will need to step it up a bit to make up for his loss.

frompekka2sasha 13 years, 2 months ago

It's a hard knock life hanging out in Lawrence. I'm obviously kidding but agree with the word "thuggish" describing the Giles saga perfectly. I hope he gets his head on straight before he ends up in jail or, even worse, like the guy that was shot in Miami.

Boy... I sure wish KU would have offered me a scholarship to play ball. What a dream!

GIHAWK 13 years, 2 months ago

Why didn't Self wait to see if he would be charged and convicted before kicking him off?

Kyle Rohde 13 years, 2 months ago

Because that was, without a doubt, his third strike. First strike was being one of the guys involved in the beating of Jeremiah Creswell (the guy who stabbed Giddens) and and second was all the stuff in October. This is, without a doubt, the dumbest thing he's done yet. Days after being reinstated, he does something this stupid - he doesn't deserve to be a Jayhawk.

actorman 13 years, 2 months ago

Did Mangino need to wait until Randle was convicted to kick him off the team? There's a different standard between being convicted beyond a reasonable doubt and doing something dumb enough to not deserve to be on the team. Aside from all of that, it's not like there's much doubt anyway, considering that Giles ADMITTED to dragging the woman.

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