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Thursday, November 29, 2018

KU coach Bill Self says nothing new to report on Silvio De Sousa’s status

Kansas forward Silvio De Sousa talks with media members on Media Day, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas forward Silvio De Sousa talks with media members on Media Day, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Kansas basketball coach Bill Self said Thursday that he did not have “anything new to report on that at all,” when asked about the eligibility status of sophomore forward Silvio De Sousa.

De Sousa, who remains sidelined at KU’s discretion pending the outcome of an NCAA investigation into his eligibility, has not played at all this season — including exhibition games — and is awaiting the results of a deeper look at his involvement in the federal trial that led to the conviction of two former Adidas executives and an aspiring agent.

KU officials have said throughout the process that the university would cooperate fully with the NCAA and act in correspondence with the NCAA regarding any decisions about De Sousa returning to KU's lineup.

De Sousa and guardian, Fenny Falmagne, claim that neither of them took any money from anyone. But sworn testimony during the trial tied De Sousa’s guardian to a $60,000 payment from a booster at Maryland, a $20,000 payment to help De Sousa attend KU that was never made and $2,500 for online classes to get De Sousa enrolled at Kansas.

It marks the second year in a row that De Sousa has had to await word from the NCAA regarding his eligibility, though Self noted Thursday that the two scenarios are drastically different.

“He had to wait last year, but that was no fault of anybody,” said Self of De Sousa, who has been working with KU’s second unit during practices. “He got here at a certain time and you have to get cleared and it took four games or whatever to get him cleared and it could seem like that’s frustrating, but he wasn’t ready to help us a week after he got here anyway. So that wasn’t as big of a deal. This is a bigger deal.”

Neither Self nor anyone else at KU has provided details of any kind of timeline for a ruling on De Sousa’s status. And the KU forward is likely to remain sidelined indefinitely until something is decided.

Comments

Robert Brock 7 months, 3 weeks ago

The NCAA is just too busy. Funny, they don’t LOOK busy.

[''] 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Poor Silvio. Lock up his idiot guardian right next to the Adidas crooks. What a tool!

Pius Waldman 7 months, 3 weeks ago

I sorta think it would be wise to work with the NCAA and determine a decision. Right now he is being punished without a reason. He either is eligible or if ineligible decision needs to be made. Honestly what has he done personally to not get to play.If others violate rules why is he punished? Can you imagine a player at Duke that would be punished without a trial. Yes money talks and if you think others are completely innocent (well haven't found violations) the green door isn't open and behind who knows,

Tony Bandle 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Is that "green door" a subtle Marilyn Chambers reference????

Creg Bohrer 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Well that's a great point and is happening. Zion Williamson was waiting on the highest bidder for his services and is playing for Duke as we speak.

Craig Carson 7 months, 3 weeks ago

I feel bad for Silvio..seems like a good kid...i hope the NCAA lets him know at least before x mas so he doesnt have to spend a whole year in limbo....you hate to have a kid this talented sitting on that bench and you hate to see a good kid have to watch from the sidelines

Lawrence McGlinn 7 months, 3 weeks ago

The guardian was likely paid, so how do you prove that he did not know and did not benefit, even if he did not? He won't play for KU or any college program again. Just my opinion. By the way, I agree that other programs like Duke and Kentucky have "arrangements," but that doesn't make it right. Amateurism at this level of college sports is a fantasy.

John Strayer 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Yeah...I often wonder what the CBB landscape would be like today if Nike were the first trial rather than Adidas...timing is everything.

Chris Shaw 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Play De Sousa! Force the NCAA’s hand. Everyone wants to point fingers at his guardian and the NCAA but I also point my fingers at Kansas, the coaches, and athletic department as well. All parties involved.

De Sousa getting screwed every which way. If you really believe De Sousa is the victim than stand up for him. I truly believe Kansas taking the chicken $!%# way out of this one.

You want change and make a statement, Kansas has a pretty good opportunity here to do the right thing and force the NCAA’s hand and they are folding like a lawn chair. Keep your head up, Silvio. Eventually, all the adults surrounding you will wake up.

Barry Weiss 7 months, 3 weeks ago

I don't think you can blame the NCAA or KU on this. Neither of them created this problem, as far as sending money to anyone. Now they have to deal with it. My guess is that the smoke on this is simply too risky and that a fire "could" be there and that KU is being wise not to risk a harsh penalty, no matter how much they would like to play Silvio. Silvio is not bigger than KU and what it stands to lose if there is "fire" behind the smoke. I don't think Silvio ever plays for KU. His options are probably Europe or this new NBA league whenever it starts. Maybe neither of those are options at the current time, so just honing his skills on the practice squad is his best option at this time.

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