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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Injured Jayhawks making progress

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Several Kansas University men’s basketball players are making steady progress in their return from injuries, Jayhawk coach Bill Self said Tuesday night.

• Freshman guard Elijah Johnson, who had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on June 23, “has been given the green light. He’s been released (for full activity),” Self said.

• Senior forward Mario Little, who had surgery to repair a stress fracture in his lower left leg on April 16, is “full speed,” Self said.

• Freshman center Jeff Withey, who suffered a severely sprained right thumb in mid-June, “is right to the point of being released,” Self said.

Earlier this week, junior guard Brady Morningstar, who had surgery June 9 to repair a stress fracture in his right foot, reported he has been working out full speed with other college and some pro athletes in San Francisco.

Meanwhile, senior guard Sherron Collins, who checked in at 5-foot-11, 228 pounds on June 24 at the Deron Williams Skills Academy, continues to work himself into shape.

“Sherron has made a lot of progress with his conditioning,” said Self, not giving an exact weight, but indicating he was pleased with the player who has plenty of time to meet his playing weight of 205 of a year ago. The season-opening Late Night in the Phog is Oct. 16.

• Controversial dinner: ESPN.com reports that several college basketball coaches decided to skip the Grassroots Basketball of America dinner in honor of former shoe executive Sonny Vaccaro last week in Las Vegas. Florida’s Billy Donovan skipped the banquet after reading an e-mail the NCAA sent out the morning of the dinner.

“I was told that there could be repercussions for anyone who did go,” Donovan told ESPN.com.

Self, St. John’s Norm Roberts, Georgia Tech’s Paul Hewitt and two other coaches attended the dinner, according to ESPN.com.

“(My compliance officer) said you can go as long as you don’t pay for dinner or are at an event with prospects,” Roberts, a close friend of Self, told ESPN. “I didn’t pay and there weren't any prospects.”

Self also said he did not pay.

Apparently the NCAA was unsure where the $800 a table and $195 per person funds were going. The organization apparently didn’t get it cleared with the NCAA that a portion of the proceeds were going to Coaches V. Cancer. ESPN said it’s against the rules for college coaches to contribute financially to organizations or individuals with ties to prospective student-athletes. GBOA sponsors AAU basketball.

Several other AAU programs hold similar fundraisers, however, and the NCAA has yet to act against them. It has made some speculate the appearance of NCAA critic Vaccaro sparked the organization’s interest in this banquet.

Comments

Michael Auchard 10 years, 5 months ago

UK fans were blubbering about this on the CBS boards earlier. Then more teams' fans ganged up... I thought it was funny. I read the original ESPN article. People were so quick to throw a stone at Self, but I can't see he did anything wrong here.

Well, people just have to hate

esteshawk 10 years, 5 months ago

We have Yahweh and Solomon posting here? That must be a sign of Divine Intervention. "Their not gonna catch us - we're on a mission from God."

Joe Baker 10 years, 5 months ago

“(My compliance officer) said you can go as long as you don’t pay for dinner or are at an event with prospects,” Roberts, a close friend of Self, told ESPN. “I didn’t pay and there weren't any prospects.”

Ok...and the problem is? LOL LOL LOL There is no problem!

Hard to dispute the NCAA compliance officer's direction!! The haters can choke on it!!

RCJHKU

bobbyfinstock 10 years, 5 months ago

Sounds like Self committed not an NCAA violation but failed to come into compliance with the Nevada Criminal Code... Pretty clear case of theft here. $195/plate and he just takes one without paying... he's not a small man and the odds are he ate two plates. Still a misdemeanor, but jeez.

Brad Miller 10 years, 5 months ago

The final paragraph of this story tells the tale. Sour grapes from hypocrites in ncaa. A non-issue.

jayhawkboogeyman 10 years, 5 months ago

I don't understand all the details of this dinner, I guess, but I still hate to hear Self's name coming up in these "possible violation" stories - this is the second time in a few months, the other being that time he had an "illegal conversation" with John Wall. I highly doubt anything will come of this, either, though, it's just a little concerning to see these stories.

Good to see our current kids getting healthy and stronger and ready for the season of their lives. Rock Chalk 9-10

justanotherfan 10 years, 5 months ago

The controversy surrounding this dinner has more to do with the fact that the NCAA doesn't like Vaccaro than possible violations.

Sonny Vaccaro is the guy that is helping kids go to Europe rather than play college basketball. He is in direct competition with the NCAA for top players. So what does the NCAA do - they black ball him. They try to hurt his credibility by keeping coaches from going to his functions. But if there are no prospects, there is no violation.

So what will the NCAA do now? My gut instinct is that they will try to further marginalize Vaccaro in hopes that top high schoolers will not seek him out. But the genie is already out of the bottle. Pandora's box is wide open.

jhawkclan 10 years, 5 months ago

Of course the Kentucky blogs are ripping into Self on the Vegas dinner. They are trying to remove the focus from their "shady" Coach and his connections to Worldwide Wes.

Joe Baker 10 years, 5 months ago

Apparently KU has been on probation for the program being "out of control", Self failed to explain the Wall crap and now the Vegas dinner. Anything else? Please do tell... Oh yeah, they forgot Self also used a bathroom that was against NCAA rules, the toilet paper was a copy of the NCAA rules and last but not least he buys from businesses that are not endorsed or approved by the NCAA. His family was spotted at events the NCAA was unaware of since being in Lawrence! Might want to investigate.

Sound ridiculous? It should!! No violations were committed and they can waste their time looking into these stupid allegations or investigate schools who have real violations. What a crock!!

bg97 10 years, 5 months ago

The real problem, no surprise here, is the the NCAA. They are a complete joke. Their rules are outdated, the book is bigger then a dictionary, and they hide behind their Non-Profit status and hypocritical "student athlete BS". Hate'em. They operate almost like an organized crime family. Step in their way, and they will crush you one way or another.

Martin Shupert 10 years, 5 months ago

This reminds me of a time when my mom got a ticket for doing 65 in a 60. I was just a kid, but old enough to learn a lesson about human behavior. She said to the officer, "Why didn't you catch that Corvette that passed me like I was standing still a minute ago?" The policeman didn't look up, but he muttered, "He would have been too hard to catch." So the NCAA continues to bust or act tough when the fish are small, but when there are major violators out there, well.... let's mix our metaphors here, you can't catch the big ones unless you have a bigger boat.

Joe Ross 10 years, 5 months ago

im just glad the boys are on the road to recovery. still 3 months before practices so they should all be ready to go. sherron has a lot of time to get his weight down but Im glad he's moving in the right direction.

Matt1958 10 years, 5 months ago

Remember the shirt Boz wore? National Communists Against Athletes Not necessarily a Boz fan, but when you're right.......................

Michael Auchard 10 years, 5 months ago

jhawkclan,

You're dead on, brother. That's why I just made an Ashley Judd joke and left the forum. They're grandstanding and trying to put Squid Calimari's ethics questions to bed by attacking other coaches.

thedudelovesKU 10 years, 5 months ago

just saw the preview for that new Adam Sanlder/Seth Rogen movie "Funny People"...Sandler is sportin' a Kentucky shirt... i guess i'll have to dislike him now

SCHNBALL 10 years, 5 months ago

I HAD A CHANCE TO WATCH THE FINAL GAME AGAINST MICHIGAN STATE LAST NIGHT, SOME OBSERVATIONS:
BRADY MORNINGSTAR: THE MOST TIMID PLAYER ON THE OFFENSIVE END THAT I THINK I HAVE EVER SEEN TYREL REED: DON'T KNOW WHERE HIS MINUTES WILL COME FROM THIS YEAR MARIO LITTLE: VERY EXCITED TO SEE HIM PLAY HIS PROPER POSTION THIS YEAR THE TWINS: STILL VERY WEAK AT THE END OF THE YEAR, HOPE WHAT I READ IS TRUE. ALDRICH: STILL HAS ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT ON THE OFFENSIVE END BUT WAS A ONE MAN SHOW ON THE INSIDE. WHEN HE WENT OUT OF THE GAME, SO DID OUR HALF COURT OFFENSE. COLLINS: WILL HE BE EFFECTIVE IN DISTRIBUTING THE BALL THIS YEAR! HE WILL HAVE MANY MORE OPTIONS THAN LAST YEAR, HOPE HE WILL HAVE THE POINT GUARD MENTALITY. TAYLOR: MAN CAN THIS GUY DISAPPEAR IN A HURRY DURING STRETCHES OF THE GAME. I AM VERY ANXIOUS TO SEE HIS PROGRESS. I CAN SEE HIM LOSING MINUTES IF DOES NOT CUT OUT THE MENTAL ERRORS.

After watching the game, I was amazed at the coaching job that was done last year. With that said, still alot of maturing to do on the offensive end, but I would think this will happen with the amount of competition that will take place during practice this year. I hope we have the inside game that we had 2 years ago, and the mentality for no layups given on the defensive end. Twins, Trob, and Withey will be the key to success.

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