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Originally published May 16, 2008 at 11:34a.m., updated May 16, 2008 at 04:51p.m.

KU star Darrell Arthur’s eligibility questioned

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Officials are investigating whether Kansas basketball star Darrell Arthur was eligible to play in high school, which could affect whether he should have ever played for the national champion Jayhawks.

South Oak Cliff High School in Dallas, which already has forfeited its 2006 title because of improperly altered grades for another player, is investigating whether Arthur's grades also were improperly altered, WFAA-TV in Dallas-Fort Worth reported.

The 6-foot-9 Kansas sophomore was second on the NCAA champion Jayhawks in scoring at 12.8 points a game and second in rebounding. He has applied for early entry into the NBA draft.

According to a former teacher and transcripts obtained by WFAA, Arthur was not passing math as a junior but his grade was changed without the teacher's knowledge.

Arthur was one of the nation's top recruits out of high school. The McDonald's All-American led South Oak Cliff to consecutive state titles, earning tournament MVP both times.

Winford Ashmore, Arthur's math teacher at South Oak Cliff who is now working elsewhere, said he stands by his story.

"In this case, Darrell is not the villain. He's the victim, not the villain. A student is going to do just what the adults allow him to do," Ashmore told the Journal-World today. "It's not about Darrell. It's about uncovering the whole system and what's going on.

"This is something that I told administration about back when it first occurred. They brushed it aside."

The station said the NCAA told its reporter that if a player is found to be ineligible, his college team might have to forfeit any or all games involving that student.

However, Jim Marchiony, KU's associate athletic director for external affairs, said he believed that the investigation into Arthur would not affect the school's basketball program.

"There's nothing right now that says anything improper occurred," he said. "I think we have to start from that perspective. Right now, all that's out there is the word of a former teacher.

"In our mind, we obviously had nothing to do with the situation. The high school sends the transcript to the NCAA. The NCAA decides whether the player is eligible. The NCAA declared Darrell Arthur eligible. I can't imagine a scenario where Kansas would be affected by this."

"I know fans love to speculate," Marchiony said. "The media loves to speculate. But I don't think any of that is productive."

Added KU coach Bill Self in a statement released late Friday afternoon: ""We are aware of the allegations as described in the news story. I'm sure the high school and the school district will do a good job determining the facts. It would be premature and inappropriate for anyone to comment any further until the process in Dallas takes its course."

Comments

KEITHMILES05 11 years, 6 months ago

I've never been a fan of Marchiony and many people know that.However he is deadon with his assessment.

Brian Skelly 11 years, 6 months ago

This is a non-story story.Even if these things are true, he was granted permission to play by the NCAA Clearinghouse. As a KU fan this a whole lot of nothing... but bad publicity.It'll stay in the news cycle for awhile, but I think thats the extent of it.I just dont see that the NCAA can do anything at this juncture about it. This clearly didnt take place on the Jayhawks watch.

100 11 years, 6 months ago

Keep in mind if (if) this occurred, it is at least 2 or more adults making it happen for -- not a minor (high school Darrel) -- but more truthfully, for a high school team, for the purposes of winning a high school state championship. The kid is not even a legal adult. This is just about as silly as digging up something from middle school on Carmelo Anthony in the summer of 2003, the story pushed by a KU grad at the middle school who has access to the computer system (and grades) for 5 years. Its also one Texas grown adult now saying it happened 3 and 4 years ago, claiming he ''tried'' to tell people years ago. This is an adult issue, whether or not it happened, not a high schooler's. Bottom line is: Darrel passed his SAT and was declared elgible and is doing just fine in college. Let him be. If this story ends up being true, prosecute the people who were adults in 2004.

yovoy 11 years, 6 months ago

whether you like marchiony or big lew or not, these are the kind of fixes these guys can get us out of.

David Reed 11 years, 6 months ago

ok Ashmore if Arthur is a Victim WTF are you coming out with this now.Sounds like you have an axe to grind

Dyrk Dugan 11 years, 6 months ago

just like Marchiony said.....his high school transcript was approved by the NCAA.....he's been eligible in college with his work at KU. i'm sure if he needed to pass some algebra class to get into college, he could have done so. talk about after the fact.....good grief! is there anything at all solid to go on besides this teacher's word?

Jeremy Bolinger 11 years, 6 months ago

The NCAA cleared him to play, and thats all that matters. Its their mistake if he was found to be ineligable, not ours. The NCAA should investigate high school athletics across the country, not just the colleges. This is a joke!

100 11 years, 6 months ago

Dear NCAA: please investigate high school math programs in Arkansas. And compare them to TX standards. Wow, that's a big difference...

Michael Auchard 11 years, 6 months ago

This is hogwash. An Algebra class does not make or break a player's HS career... and certainly not his collegiate one when the college knew nothing about it. With MU's journalism connections, if you look far enough down the pipe on this one, there will be a tiger flipping you off at the other end. I guarantee it.

cobweb 11 years, 6 months ago

Altering grades for a failing star athlete. Now there's something you don't see every day.

Don Everett 11 years, 6 months ago

Try comparing them to missouri's standards. Wait, missouri has no standards. They set the bar at the bottom and work their way down.

smitty33 11 years, 6 months ago

NCAA approved Transcript. End of Story.All the major news sources on the web aren't even reporting this issue. I hope all of the KC media outlets do the same. Ashmore should talk to his former HS board of directors, not the media if he's truly interested in 'the students'. He is looking for nothing but attention by talking to the Dallas TV program. Why did he wait 3 years to call? What an idiot.

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