Thursday, May 15, 2008

Dallas TV station to report Darrell Arthur allegedly may have benefited from academic improprieties in high school


Dallas television station WFAA is teasing a story set to air at 10 p.m. tonight about a former South Oak Cliff athlete -- presumably KU basketball player Darrell Arthur -- who may have benefited from improprieties in high school that helped him qualify for a college scholarship.

"Some say he should've never even made it out of high school," the teaser says, presumably about Arthur.

The station, an ABC affiliate, talked to a former teacher for the story.

If anything improper was done academically while Arthur was at South Oak Cliff, KU is not expected to be impacted. Arthur was declared eligible by the NCAA in 2006 before enrolling at Kansas.

KU associate athletic director Jim Marchiony said the athletic department was aware of the story. South Oak Cliff's state title in basketball in 2006 -- Arthur's senior year -- already has been forfeited due to the use of an ineligible player. The Dallas ISD has conducted an ongoing investigation, Marchiony said.

"Until they finish and come up with some facts," Marchiony said, "we can't say anything."

To view WFAA's teaser, click here.


rrudy 11 years, 6 months ago

I just saw the segment on WFAA here in Dallas. There looks to be some major improprieties to get Darrell through SOC HS. Very damaging report on him....45% in math that was changed to a 70% months later to pass him. KU was mentioned at the end of the report and the implications that this would have on the university. The reporter quoted NCAA regs that state if an ineligible player was used during the course of the season, any and all games can be forfeited by the university. That being said, it does not take into account that the NCAA Clearinghouse passed him to go onto college. The question is, who is accountable....NCAA, KU, SOC, Darrell Arthur, etc.BTW.....this report does not have anything to do with MU or any Big XII school bias against KU. This has been an on-going investigation into a very stout basketball program at South Oak Cliff that started months ago. They already lost the state championship that Darrell was part of. The principal has been canned, the coach will be gone shortly, DISD is scrambling, and on and on. I love the 'Hawks like everyone else from Kansas....just hate that they have been snagged in this web of deceit!I do not know how funky NCAA regs can get in regards to something like this. Common sense tells me that Coach Self and KU cannot be held liable for grades an athlete receives in high school, but......?!?

areyouserious 11 years, 6 months ago

it took this long to find this out??? sounds like somebody is trying to rain on the KU parade!!! EFFF em!

jaybate 11 years, 6 months ago

Marchiony couldn't comment until the findings of the Dallas investigation were made known?Why not?Why couldn't he say, "Well, regardless of what the investigation finds about Darrell Arthur's possible improprieties in highschool, the investigation has nothing whatsoever to do with the actions of the University of Kansas, or of Coach Bill Self."Why couldn't he say that?Because there must be at least a possibility that those potential improprieties have implications for the University of Kansas and for Coach Bill Self. Could this be what the long wait has been about regarding Coach Self's contract?Hemenway, Perkins and Self are not dummies.They all know that signing onto a long term contract with problems about to surface that could end the euphoria and crater KU's program would be in no one's best interest.Coach Self's last contract extension was delayed until Roy Williams era infractions could be sorted and Self could be found by the NCAA investigation to be clean, also. That last contract delay during an investigation probably cost KU and Coach Self either or both Kyle Singler and James Anderson. Will this situation cost us something also?God, I would hate for this wonderful dream come true championship to be rescinded.But if it were done the wrong way, then it would not be the wonderful dream come true afterall.All my fingers and toes are presently crossed and will remain so until Coach Self signs the contract that he richly deserves, if he did things the right way.

rockchalk80 11 years, 6 months ago

let me speculate ---someone is trying to deflect some media attention away from OJ Mayo. Unless some evidence comes forward - it is hearsay and innuendo.

Robert Brock 11 years, 6 months ago

I watched the local WFAA story. This was treated as some ground-breaking news that is bound to earn the station a Peabody Award. At one point I felt the reporter almost framed the situation like KU is at fault and the forfeiture of games is very possible. Teachers and principals may have illegally changed Arthur's math grades, but how is KU at fault? Arthur was cleared to play by the NCAA. Period. KU cannot be held accountable for high school hijinx that occurred five years ago. Also, I went to school in the Dallas Independent School District and shady things like this did go on, and not only for athletes. You would laugh hysterically at how incompetent the staff at these schools are and how little emphasis is put on serious education. I just don't understand how KU can possibly be held accountable. I don't know if this is even a big news story.

100 11 years, 6 months ago

Too much 'old' heresay evidence. ''Maybe I heard something, look at the pencil marks in the old gradebook, but he said/ she said a long time ago'' in cooking class kind of stuff. Maybe it happened, maybe it didnt. Thats also why the NCAA requires other test scores, which Darrel passed. The truth is this should have been figured out by Dallas High School officials THREE years ago! My God! What, are there a bunch of Baylor fans working at this high school and TV station that are 'suddenly' upset that Darrel, cleared to be an NCAA athlete, DID NOT chose Baylor? That's the real story. Surely sketchy things can happen in high school, most of us saw our star athlete friends struggle with grades once or twice... But THREE years later its a story? A MONTH after this kid helps his team win a championship? The timing is just too ludicrous. My god! If I was Darrel, I'd stay in school, skip the NBA for a couple years and rock a 4.0.

jayhawkdandy 11 years, 6 months ago

The sky is falling. We will never win a basketball game again. Our program will be disbanded. The horror, the horror. Seriously, what a joke.

Robert Brock 11 years, 6 months ago

This just in: In 1997, Darrell Arthur was seen looking at another student's paper when they were doing classwork. Video at the top of the hour.

kansaspike 11 years, 6 months ago

wft? What's the worst case for KU here?

rockchalkAZ 11 years, 6 months ago

Hahahaha oh man..... i'd love to see what would happen if, because of the actions of South Oak Cliff High, someone tried to take away our national championship. You know what though, I'm sure that Arthur is the FIRST high school athlete to get help with his grades. Hell, that stuff happens in college even. Haha seriously, what a joke.

hometownhawk 11 years, 6 months ago

You're reading WAY too much into that jaybate. Bill's contract has nothing to do with this. Like the article says, the NCAA cleared Darrell, so KU isn't in danger. Don't freak out over what is at this moment nothing.

Nutflush21 11 years, 6 months ago

So what? Should anyone be surprised that a college athlete received help in the classroom while in high school? As long as KU has not done anything wrong, this is a non-issue.

VTHawk 11 years, 6 months ago

Oh, and his hug of his grandmother. There are a lot of folks cheering for this kid. I don't care what he got on a HS math test.

VTHawk 11 years, 6 months ago

If DA got illegal assistance, that is really too bad. We have enough problems with the public (and private) schools not actually educating the kids. However, those things have nothing to do with KU. The championship that we won was legitimately earned, and nothing will change that. DA's hug of his mother (and Darnell's, and Mario's) will rank of one of my favorite highlights of all time. The HS should be held fully accountable, as should be the coach, but this has NOTHING to do with KU.

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