Cliff Alexander doesn't make trip to Omaha for tournament

KU coach Bill Self says there's no change in status of freshman forward

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Kansas University freshman forward Cliff Alexander did not travel with the team Wednesday to Omaha, site of Friday’s 11:15 a.m., second-round NCAA Tournament contest against New Mexico State.

Coach Bill Self said nothing had changed in regards to Alexander’s status for the tournament — that is, he’s currently ineligible to play in games until if/when the NCAA makes some decision on his status.

“There’s no news ... don’t have anything (to report),” Self said. “We have elected not to travel him strictly because since he’s not eligible to play — and with everything going on with the NCAA and what has been told to us — I hate it for Cliff but it is the reality of it. He is not traveling during the tournament as long as he’s not cleared to play. That’s the way it usually works with all guys that are ineligible.”

Asked if KU could have brought Alexander on the trip, Self said: “I don’t know if it was positive he could or couldn’t (travel). I think it was kind of left up to us to determine it and based on prior history the smart thing has always been not to travel. It wasn’t a knock to him. It wasn’t an admission of anything. What it was was all parties trying to do the right thing.”