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Monday, November 16, 2015

Diallo doesn’t make trip, Vick out due to eye injury

Kansas freshman Cheick Diallo, center, laughs with Dwight Coleby as they watch warmups prior to tipoff, Friday, Nov. 13, 2015 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas freshman Cheick Diallo, center, laughs with Dwight Coleby as they watch warmups prior to tipoff, Friday, Nov. 13, 2015 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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— There was no change in the status of Cheick Diallo on Monday, Kansas University coach Bill Self told the Journal-World after the team’s arrival in Chicago.

In fact, the freshman forward who has yet to be cleared academically by the NCAA Eligibility Center, did not make the trip with the Jayhawks for today’s game against Michigan State. Don Jackson, attorney for Diallo’s legal guardian, explained Diallo needs a waiver from the NCAA to be able to travel to games.

“The competitive integrity of the game is being tested by these cases,” attorney Jackson said in a text to the Journal-World. “When some of the top players in the sport are sitting and watching, the integrity of the game is really being impacted. He will be sitting on Kansas’ campus watching one of the biggest matchups of the year. This is damaging the sport!!!”

Meanwhile, freshman guard Lagerald Vick will miss tonight’s game. He had his right eye scratched at practice on Monday and according to Self, “doctors said no basketball for a couple days.”

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo was asked light-heartedly by the Michigan media if he wanted Diallo to be cleared academically by the NCAA in time for today’s Champions Classic game versus KU.

“Hell no, I don’t want to see him,” Izzo said as reported by mlive.com. “The competitive side of me is competitive enough," Izzo added.

Spartans forward Matt Costello told mlive.com: “You always want to play against the best competition, but even if he can’t play, Kansas still has four or five McDonald's All-American kids in the big positions.”

MSU will be missing junior forward Gavin Schilling (toe sprain) and Marvin Clark (broken foot). Point guard Tum Tum Nairn has been battling plantar fascitis, mlive.com reported, but he’ll play tonight.

“He’s tough as nails,” Izzo told the paper.

Comments

Steve Corder 2 years, 1 month ago

When was the last time anyone experienced a smooth and quick process that involved attorneys?

Kyle Neuer 2 years, 1 month ago

When was the last time anyone experienced a smooth and quick process that involved the NCAA?

Eliott Reeder 2 years, 1 month ago

We actually only have two McD's AAs on this team... not four or five.

Bert White 2 years ago

That's what I was thinking, Selden, Ellis, Bragg, Diallo... So only Ellis and Bragg as bigs. Reading the quote in the article made me keep trying to figure out who I was forgetting heheh.

Richard Wright 2 years, 1 month ago

Did anyone else see that the 7-6 center for UCF ( I think that is the right school) sued the NCAA and was granted his academic waiver last Friday?

Joe Ross 2 years, 1 month ago

Not exactly right. A lawsuit was threatened on Nov. 10th. On the 13th he was declared eligible for 15-16 by the NCAA. But no court proceedings relative to the case transpired.

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