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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Cliff Alexander won’t play against Texas as KU looks into potential issue

Kansas forward Cliff Alexander watches warmups on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 at Allen Fieldhouse. Kansas University officials announced that Alexander will not play against Texas after they were alerted to a potential eligibility issue involving Alexander by the NCAA.

Kansas forward Cliff Alexander watches warmups on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 at Allen Fieldhouse. Kansas University officials announced that Alexander will not play against Texas after they were alerted to a potential eligibility issue involving Alexander by the NCAA.

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Less than a couple of hours before Kansas University’s men’s basketball Saturday home game against Texas, the school announced one of its starters won’t play.

KU freshman big man Cliff Alexander, athletic director Sheahon Zenger said in a statement, will be held out “as a precautionary measure.”

“The NCAA has alerted us to an issue that could affect Cliff’s eligibility,” Zenger said. “As a precautionary measure Cliff will not take the court until we have resolved the issue.”

“We are committed to NCAA rules compliance,” KU head coach Bill Self said.  “and we want to make sure that we take every precaution to minimize the impact on Cliff.”

Zenger said Kansas would have no further comment until the issue is resolved.

Comments

David Steward 4 years, 5 months ago

Start Landon because of his consistent strong play or go smaller and quicker against their size?

Rob Bedford III 4 years, 5 months ago

How did I miss this "consistent strong play" from Lucas?

John Fitzgerald 4 years, 5 months ago

Either the NCAA is just trying to start sh*t or Cliff really screwed up. Bleh

Greg Lux 4 years, 5 months ago

My thoughts exactly. Cliff really screwed up and messed up his eligibility. Unlikely to be academic this late in the season.

Walter Bridges 4 years, 5 months ago

Unbelievable timing. Alexander out because of pending 'NCAA eligibility' issue.

Let's see if someone steps up.

Steve Jacob 4 years, 5 months ago

I am reminded of Derrick Rose at Memphis. The NCAA ruled him eligible and later put Memphis on probation because of him. While they did not get a future ban, they vacated wins and a Final Four. So what might happen is KU keeps all wins from here, including tournaments wins, but forfeit everything with Alexander, including a BIG 12 title. KU in the future might have to decide to self impose a Big 12 title to not get a post season ban. If Alexander is guilty of whatever.

Dale Kroening 4 years, 5 months ago

We wont be vacating any wins or titles . Cliff might be suspended for some games at worst ....

Jack Jones 4 years, 5 months ago

And, your "inside information" is from what reputable source?

Jeff Kilgore 4 years, 5 months ago

NCAA clearinghouse misstep? If so, what good is it?

John Pritchett 4 years, 5 months ago

I'm very concerned about this. If Cliff has some eligibility issue, what would keep the NCAA from vacating any wins we had while he was ineligible (assuming it's a long-standing issue, vs one that has just occurred)? It would be terrible to win our 11th straight title only to see it wiped out on a technicality.

Is that a possibility?

Walter Bridges 4 years, 5 months ago

Definitely, so is having a large solar flare or a meteor wiping out all life on earth.

John Pritchett 4 years, 5 months ago

No, but seriously. Anyone with any real thoughts on this?

Jack Jones 4 years, 5 months ago

Speculation ~ NO! Wait for facts ~ YES!

Walter Bridges 4 years, 5 months ago

Facts are simple and facts are straight

Facts are lazy and facts are late

Facts all come with points of view

Facts don't do what I want them to

Facts just twist the truth around

Facts are living turned inside out

Facts are getting the best of them

Facts are nothing on the face of things

Facts don't stain the furniture

Facts go out and slam the door

Facts are written all over your face

Facts continue to change their shape

I'm still waiting...I'm still waiting...I'm still waiting...

William Weissbeck 4 years, 5 months ago

I don't recall the facts, but the rest of his HS team was ruled ineligible just before the Illinois state tournament last year. Cliff and another player were OK'd. I think it was academics. I also think that Self's team watches that stuff pretty close, especially after the mis-step a few years ago. But then again - you can't control or know everything that a kid's HS might do. Rose had issues in Chicago, too.

Dale Koch 4 years, 5 months ago

Did any of you see the picture on Instagram of cliff in front of that sports car? Could that have anything o do with it?

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