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Friday, February 1, 2019

Silvio De Sousa ruled ineligible through 2019-20 season

KU plans on appealing NCAA's 'unfair' decision

Kansas forward Silvio De Sousa (22) watches from the bench during the second half of an exhibition, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas forward Silvio De Sousa (22) watches from the bench during the second half of an exhibition, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Silvio De Sousa will not play a game for the Kansas men's basketball team this season, nor will he join the Jayhawks’ rotation for the 2019-20 campaign, the NCAA ruled late Friday afternoon.

The NCAA's ruling states that De Sousa must sit out the entirety of both this college basketball season and the next one, because his guardian received payment from a university booster and agent and agreed to receive additional funds from the same person.

Per NCAA rules, once KU learned a violation had occurred, it had to declare De Sousa ineligible and then request to the NCAA that he be reinstated. According to the NCAA, its staff reviews each such request “individually based on its own specific facts.”

The ruling states that through KU’s reinstatement request to the NCAA, it was determined De Sousa’s guardian received payment of $2,500 from an agent and booster of the school. He agreed to accept additional payment of $20,000 from the same individual and an Adidas employee for securing De Sousa’s enrollment at Kansas.

The decision may be appealed to the Division I Student-Athlete Reinstatement Committee, which comprises representatives from NCAA schools.

KU head coach Bill Self released a statement decrying the decision shortly after it came out.

"In my 30-plus years of coaching college basketball, I have never witnessed such a mean-spirited and vindictive punishment against a young man who did nothing wrong,” Self stated. “To take away his opportunity to play college basketball is shameful and a failure of the NCAA. Silvio is a tremendous young man who absolutely deserves to be on the court with his teammates in a Jayhawk uniform. This process took way too long to address these issues. We will support Silvio as he considers his options."

Jeff Long, KU’s first-year athletic director, took a similar tone in his response to Friday’s news.

"We are shocked and incensed by today's decision,” the statement from Long began, “and we will immediately appeal as this was clearly an unfair and punitive ruling for a young man who had no knowledge of any NCAA violation, nor did Silvio personally benefit from the violation. While we will continue to work with the NCAA on the broader matter, we have an obligation and a desire to advocate for our student-athletes, and will continue to do that for an outstanding young man."

According to KU spokesman Jim Marchiony, reached by the Journal-World on Friday night, KU does not know at this juncture how long an appeal process on De Sousa’s behalf may take.

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Kansas forward Silvio De Sousa (22) and Duke forward Javin DeLaurier (12) fight for a ball during the second half, Sunday, March 25, 2018 at CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb.

In the NCAA’s response to its ruling on De Sousa’s eligibility, it stated, “when a prospective student-athlete allows a third party to involve himself in the recruitment process, the prospective student-athlete is then responsible for the actions of that person, regardless of whether the prospective student-athlete had knowledge or if benefits were received.”

The NCAA’s response added that membership guidelines “state the starting point for these violations is permanent ineligibility, but the NCAA staff recognized mitigation based on the specific circumstances of this case when making its decision.”

According to Scott Tompsett, an attorney who represents De Sousa, the five-star prospect in the Class of 2017 “never received any illicit money” during his recruitment.

In a statement released by Tompsett on Friday evening, the attorney called the NCAA’s ruling “outrageous.”

“It should shock the conscience of anyone who believes in fundamental fairness,” Tompsett stated. “Silvio did absolutely nothing wrong. He was not involved in any wrongdoing by the adults, he did not know about any wrongdoing by the adults, and he did not benefit from any wrongdoing by the adults.”

Tompsett argued that the NCAA’s ruling “illustrates the absurdity of how the NCAA enforces its rules: A young man who did nothing wrong has had his life altered in a very negative way through no fault of his own.”

He added: “That is not how we do things in this country. I will work with KU to do everything legally possible to get this outrageous decision reversed.”

KU officials decided ahead of the team’s exhibition opener this past October to withhold De Sousa, a 6-foot-9 sophomore forward from Angola, from competition, in the wake of his eligibility being called into question during a federal trial on college basketball corruption.

It was during the trial that a one-time Adidas consultant testified that he made payments to De Sousa’s guardian, Fenny Falmagne, who allegedly received $2,500 for college courses to send De Sousa to KU.

Falmagne also allegedly received $60,000 from a Maryland booster. The Adidas consultant, TJ Gassnola, testified that he meant to pay $20,000 to get De Sousa out of the Maryland payment, but never did because the FBI investigation became public.

Falmagne did not respond to text messages from the Journal-World requesting comment on Friday.

Friday’s ruling marked the first time that the NCAA acknowledged an Adidas employee making a payment to the guardian of a KU prospect. What’s more, the language the NCAA used in its decision labeled the man who paid De Sousa’s guardian as a “booster of the school.”

Asked whether that brought about concerns that the men’s basketball program could face further sanctions, Marchiony replied, “We’re not going to have any comment until this process is complete.”

The way Josephine Potuto, a University of Nebraska College of Law professor and former chair of the NCAA committee on infractions, described KU’s current circumstances, KU will also be “on the hook” for De Sousa’s violations and the violations committed by the “booster.”

According to Potuto, more evidence would be required in order for the NCAA to decide KU exhibited a “failure to monitor” or “lack of institutional control.” Such instances occur when it is found that a school was not sufficiently diligent in its systems for avoiding and detecting violations, Potuto explained.

“I don’t know whether there is evidence here to support those findings,” Potuto added of KU. “There are hundreds of student-athlete reinstatement decisions every year (meaning hundreds of violations) and there are hundreds of violations committed by schools, including some pretty serious, where no failure to monitor or lack of institutional control is found.”

De Sousa played high school basketball in Florida, at IMG Academy, and graduated early, in December of 2017, in order to enroll at KU for the 2018 spring semester and join the basketball team.

During the big man’s freshman season, he appeared in 20 games for the Jayhawks off the bench, and averaged 4.0 points and 3.7 rebounds as Kansas reached the 2018 Final Four.

Now 20, De Sousa remained an active participant at KU practices throughout the past several months as the program awaited clarity on his status.

— Journal-World reporter Dylan Lysen contributed to this story.

Comments

[''] 10 months, 2 weeks ago

F*%kin' Fenny needs to be locked up - and banned from screwing up another kids life.
P. O. S! And who was the booster? Make that name public and ban them from any KU activity into perpetuity!

Shannon Gustafson 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Read Fenny's response, it lays out exactly what he did and it sounds pretty innocent to me.

The booster is the Addidas rep. They are considering him a booster.

Andrew Ralls 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Play him anyway. The demise of the NCAA is long overdue.

Bee Bee 10 months, 2 weeks ago

And tell the National Communists Against Athletes to F off!

Daniel Parker 10 months, 2 weeks ago

he'll be on a plane to Europe by next week....The NCAA is just a joke...random, inconsistent, not expeditious and completely useless. Not saying there was no violations, but, come on.

Dane Pratt 10 months, 2 weeks ago

And Emmert makes $2M a year. That in itself is worthy of an investigation.

Dirk Medema 10 months, 2 weeks ago

The booster is the convicted felon.

It is interesting that SDS is being punished for what might have but didn't happen. The kid from Miami actually did a lot more but was punished less. Self and Long are justifiably upset.

Shannon Gustafson 10 months, 2 weeks ago

False, it was the Adidas rep that said he sent $2500 (Gasnola?).

Dirk Medema 10 months, 2 weeks ago

The NCAA has decided Gassnola is a KU booster.

Jay Scott 10 months, 2 weeks ago

I stopped buying tickets for NCAA events after my daughter's college career ended.

It's time that all Jayhawk fans stop feeding this corrupt monster.

Patrick Wildman 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Better stop cooperating with the NCAA. Give them no help at all in the investigation. We all saw what happened to MU, now Silvio. They're trying to prove they have teeth after the UNC debacle. If we help them they will only use it against us.

[''] 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Put a pic up of Fenny. Criminals need to be shown.

Dirk Medema 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Check out the kcstar article (linked below). Maybe it's not as clear cut as the NCAA wants us to believe. Personally, I've got about as much confidence in them as I have in Gassnola. One is definitely a criminal. I for one am definitely questioning the integrity of the NCAA, and a lot more than Fenny.

Dale Rogers 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Let's see, North Carolina gives grades to student-athletes for non-existing, no-show classes, and gets no punishment from the NCAA. Silvio's guardian is involved in his recruitment and the guardian takes money and Silvio gets punished. Seriously?

Dirk Medema 10 months, 2 weeks ago

The guardian factor is actually the Newton-effect, which has nothing to do with gravity or Sir Isaac. Cam was not punished because he didn't know, so the NCAA changed the rules to make recruits are responsible for the actions of everyone around them. In this case, it appears to me that he's actually being held responsible for all the things the NCAA wasn't able to prove about Alexander and Preston. They got creative to try to find a way to punish KU, and Silvio is just a means for accomplishing it.

Stuart Corder 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Please explain to me how a minor can be held responsible for his/her adult guardian’s actions.

If Silvio took the money, then this punishment is accurate, based on the rules. But if he didn’t receive any benefits at all - which it appears the NCAA concedes and KU is adamant about - then how is this NCAA ruling appropriate?

Does he still have the same guardian? Is the booster Adidas?

Dirk Medema 10 months, 2 weeks ago

It's the Newton rule. See above.

The convicted felon Gassnola is the alleged booster.

Dirk Medema 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Your minor vs. adult guardian comment seems imply a connection to the the US legal system. Unfortunately, the federal action in this case shines a huge spotlight on just how far removed the NCAA is from the power and relatively orderly system of the government. Relatively orderly system.

Nick Kramer 10 months, 2 weeks ago

KU's appeal reminds me of Kevin Pollak's lines in A Few Good Men. "I object!" "Overruled!" "Judge, I strongly object!" "Oh, you strongly object? Well that's different." Is that how this works?

Len Shaffer 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Apt analogy, Nick, except I believe it was Demi Moore who strongly objected, not Kevin Pollak.

Bee Bee 10 months, 2 weeks ago

And I don't give a damn what you think you're entitled to....... Jack

Dirk Medema 10 months, 2 weeks ago

AFGM seems like a great analogy for this whole stinking mess, and only begins to touch on all those involved in both instances. So many power brokers and so much indifference to the pawns killed or maimed in the process.

Stephen Johnson 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Give UNC a slap on the wrist, but destroy this young man's college career. I understand a penalty. Basically, the message to any institution should be to never cooperate with NCAA.

Darrel Stice 10 months, 2 weeks ago

And has anyone heard anything about Duke being investigated about Zion Williamson? The NCAA is just so inconsistent and completely biased. What a joke and how sad for Silvio.

Tim Orel 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Williamson had the same or more evidence of wrong-doing, but Duke plays him and no evidence the NCAA cares a bit. This is wrong in so many ways!!!

Spencer Goff 10 months, 2 weeks ago

So are they planning to revise their ruling on Cam Newton, since he did EXACTLY what Silvio did and was ruled eligible... in like a weeks time?

Do they plan to rule on Zion anytime soon? Oh wait, he is fine, Duke is fine and would NEVER pay their athletes...

I find the NCAA to be a bigger joke year after year.

Creg Bohrer 10 months, 2 weeks ago

You beat me to that one Spencer.. I was thinking the same thing about Cam and Zion and it's obvious Duke outbid us for Zion, he is was going to be the number one pick no matter where he went.

Noel Graham 10 months, 2 weeks ago

They changed the rules after the Cam Newton debacle to make what his dad did a violation. Plus, the championship football was on the line, so they "had" to move quickly.

Brad Avery 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Had this situation occurred at Kentucky, the NCAA would have no doubt issued an apology for its failure to reinstate the player sooner. The NCAA has always sought to screw KU,.and it has apparently succeeded once again

Dirk Medema 10 months, 2 weeks ago

You appear to have forgotten that they ruled Kanter ineligible a few years ago, though that is in no way defending or implying that the NCAA acts with integrity or preferentially toward anyone school. They're just out to get anyone they can and make up for anything they think this failed at previously. Heck, MU might even be suffering from the UNC-effect.

Micky Baker 10 months, 2 weeks ago

It's a BS rule. The NCAA is basically saying that they will not act on the matter until sometime in May 2020 or later. Play him Bill. Screw the NCAA. File a lawsuit.

Dane Pratt 10 months, 2 weeks ago

That would be an awesome move on Bill's part. Can you imagine the uproar. The NCAA fat asses would be crapping their pants.

Dirk Medema 10 months, 2 weeks ago

The officials would be forced to forfeit the game on the spot if KU tried using a player that was known to be ineligible. It's not like you can just sneak him in without being noticed. We just need to consult with Coach K and learn how to be better cheaters, though they would still be the best cheaters in CBB.

Creg Bohrer 10 months, 2 weeks ago

It's a shame for Silvio. I sincerely hope he's developed enough to make a NBA team next year. The NCAA should be ashamed of themselves stating that a teenager is responsible for the adults in their lives actions when they can't hire an agent and more times than not afford a lawyer to protect their interests.

Marc Frey 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Is anyone really suprised? For one am not. I said back last summer, he will never suit up and play for Kansas. Am I happy about it? No. Just move on and do better job vetting recruits.

Dale Rogers 10 months, 2 weeks ago

How on earth could KU have figured out what happened with Silvio's guardian? I kind of doubt he'd own up to it if KU asked him. Silvio was vetted and was initially declared eligible by the NCAA. What more can a school do?

Dirk Medema 10 months, 2 weeks ago

I for one am surprised that the NCAA is punishing Silvio for what didn't happen ($20k), is punishing him more severely than others that did actually commit violations (Hernandez/Miami signing a contract), and really appears to be vindictive about retroactively punishing KU for Alexander and Preston.

Brad Watson 10 months, 2 weeks ago

More penalties are coming...this is just the beginning...vacating wins from last year to possibble probation and post season ban...and loss of scholarships and a hefty fine...this could be Selfs' final season....you can see a different look on his face....the same look Roy boy had at UNC a few years ago....we might even lose last years Big 12 title...which means the streak ends at 13 straight...recruiting is a game where everyone cheats....we got caught up in this scandal and we will pay...NCAA has informants....Arizona ratted a lot of other schools out...violating a coachs' code of keeping your mouth shut because everyone is guilty ...technically...the Sean Millers of the world rat others out....because they are little babies....Just an opinion.....no solid proof...but if you can read between the lines....that's how it appears to me...but i could be wrong.

Dale Rogers 10 months, 2 weeks ago

So far there has been zero implication that KU knew anything about this. None. So by "got caught up in the scandal" I guess you mean things outside their control. Hardly cheating by KU.

Len Shaffer 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Yeah, well Silvio didn't know anything about it either, and look where that got him.

I don't think KU will go on probation, but I'd say there's a distinct possibility that our Final Four and Big XII title from last year will be vacated. And oh, BTW, that also means that we're likely to now fall WAY behind UK in the race for most wins.

What a giant cluster-f**k. The NCAA can't go out of business fast enough ...

Noel Graham 10 months, 2 weeks ago

"Lack of institutional control" is the broad term the NCAA uses to justify anything it wants to do. I feel they will make an example of us and it will not be pretty.

Dirk Medema 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Isn't Roy still coaching a few years later?

NCAA has informants? What this really shows is the NCAA has very little except egg (or is that pigeon droppings?) on their face, and a willingness to throw around penalties that occasionally hit something. They make things up as they go to try to wipe off what ever that is on their face apparently oblivious to the fact that they no longer have any face. Or maybe they do and are just that much more spiteful about it.

Fortunately, Arizona knows even less about what goes on elsewhere, but you are right that there will be lots more penalties thrown around because of all this. Some might even be justified.

Dane Pratt 10 months, 2 weeks ago

I'm not as paranoid as you Brad but yes, we do need to be concerned about the possibility of sanctions. The ruling on Silvio in no way closes the case on the shoegate issue.

Tracey Graham 10 months, 2 weeks ago

I expect De Sousa to declare for the NBA Draft. There's no reason for him to stay at Kansas after receiving such a harsh punishment that likely won't get reduced.

Creg Bohrer 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Just hire some attorneys and play the young man.

Michael Maris 10 months, 2 weeks ago

I am concerned about the future impact the NCAA decision will have on the future Kansas Jayhawks Basketball recruiting of top tier players.

Missouri received their NCAA news yesterday, and Kansas today. Yet, Zion continues to play for Duke (appears that Duke and Zion are clear of any repercussions from the taped information released in the Adidas scandal). And, U.N.C. denied any wrong doing in the 18 years of academic fraud, yet Missouri admits to the allegations of academic fraud and receives a 3 year penalty (while UNC goes on with no penalties, loss of scholarships, post season appearances, etc.....).

When it comes to the NCAA, they will NEVER be trusted in Lawrence, Kansas.

It really is time for the P5 Conferences to exit the NCAA and form their own Organization with an appointed Commissioner.

Craig Carson 10 months, 2 weeks ago

I figured he wouldnt play this season, but what is the point of suspending him for next season as well? they said it wasnt a life time ban, but it might as well be...if he stays, his NBA prospects will be all but dried up....the kid got a raw end of the deal...I hope he does whats best for him now and go to Europe..no need to ride the bench knowing it will be another 2 years before you cab play....this feel like the NCAA just wanted to make an example..they know this isnt worth a 2 year ban...I feel bad for this kid..his career is ruined because his greedy guardian chose to take $$$ when he didnt need to

Dirk Medema 10 months, 2 weeks ago

The "greedy" guardian was trying to get uniforms for the Angola national team. There's no evidence of him taking anything for himself.

This is all about the NCAA getting back at KU for all the things they found out from the Feds that they could prove previously (Preston and by implication Alexander).

Jeff Coffman 10 months, 2 weeks ago

So now all we have to do is identify a good player on another team and make a payment to that individuals parents. The player is ineligible and no recourse.

So a 2500 payment and a would have payment of 20k is a 2 year ban.

A 100k payment, housing, and a 1 year rental, does not cost you any games though.

Shannon Gustafson 10 months, 2 weeks ago

You wouldn't even have to make the payment, you'd just have to get them to agree to the deal, never send it, then turn them in. It's insane.

Bryce Landon 10 months, 2 weeks ago

If I said what I really thought of the NCAA right about now, the LJW would delete my comment and replace it with:

"This comment has been removed due to violation of the user agreement."

Brad Watson 10 months, 2 weeks ago

The real violations coming have nothing to do with Silvio....so get ready...my guess ...sometime around Memorial Day....enjoy this season...it might be Selfs' last at our great school.

Dale Rogers 10 months, 2 weeks ago

So, what exactly are you reading that says Self had any knowledge of any of this? So far even the NCAA has not said KU or any of it's staff had any knowledge other than what came out in the trial and that was that Silvio's guardian accepted money from Adidas and a University of Maryland booster. By the way, wouldn't that mean Maryland should get some kind of penalty?

Noel Graham 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Silvio had no knowledge either. They have deemed Gassnola is a booster for KU and in that light the texts and phone conversations Self and his staff had with him do not look good. "Proof" does not matter. The NCAA is the judge, jury and in our case I fear the executioner as well.

Suzi Marshall 10 months, 2 weeks ago

I'm absolutely stunned by this decision, I seriously did not think a person or organization could be so damn dumb. I hope Silvio stays and fights so the KU Team and the entire KU Community rally to his colors to man the ramparts to make a united stand to defend 'Truth, Justice and The American Way.'

Our forefathers fought and won a Revolution against the greatest power on earth to resist this kind of tyranny. That heroic generation codified those values in the US Constitution ignorer to 'Form a More Perfect Union.' The sons and daughters of that revolution made a stand in 'Bleeding Kansas' with headquarters in Lawrence, Kansas in order for all men and women to be free. The fight continued in Kansas with 'Brown vs. The Topeka Board of Education' to ensure equal education to all. Wilt Chamberlain so after made his way to Lawrence, Kansas to ensure every commercial business was equally open to all.

Now, an unjust and corrupt NCAA comes to Lawerence, Kansas of all places, seeking to deny liberty and justice to one of our own. The NCAA is in violation to the Sherman Antitrust as well as the 1st and 4th Amendments. In addition to the Courts, the players must united and refuse to participate in the NCAA Tournament.

Bryce Landon 10 months, 2 weeks ago

"I'm absolutely stunned by this decision."

So am I, Suzi. When I saw the notification on my phone this evening, I thought, "Are you $#!+ing me?!?!"

"I seriously did not think a person or organization could be so damn dumb."

This is the NCAA we're talking about, Suzi. The same organization that banned us from defending our title in the 1989 tournament because a coach who was no longer around broke rules to recruit a player who ultimately never came. I'm stunned, but at the same time not surprised that they would be so dumb.

Suzi Marshall 10 months, 2 weeks ago

The NCAA, since it's beginning, was corrupted by its selective enforcement of nonsense rules. Look how that insane organization refused to do anything to UCLA and the John Wooden/Sam Gilbert teams. Now the NCAA has found a school to punish for UNC's crimes, just as the picked on Tark's UNLV. The NCAA is was out of line denying anyone the right to engage in 3rd party contracts.

Dane Pratt 10 months, 2 weeks ago

JFC! How can one organization be so inept for so long and still exist? Emmert was supposed to be the guy to revamp the NCAA. He's a big fat effing do nothing who is collecting a big paycheck. You want to investigate the shoe companies, fine. How about investigating the NCAA.

David Robinett 10 months, 2 weeks ago

I am not a lawyer , but I say sue the bastards. Seems like a fundamental principle of the law is that you should be punished for your own actions and not those of others. I know this is collegiate rules and not actual laws but the same principles seem like they should apply.

Steve Hilker 10 months, 2 weeks ago

If I understand this correctly. The guardian got $2,500 for class expenses at KU. Silvio loses not only this year but next year for the guardian getting the $2,500. Silvio didn't receive the money.

My question is, what punishment did Maryland get for the guardian getting $60,000 on Maryland's behalf? Silvio didn't receive the money.

Shannon Gustafson 10 months, 2 weeks ago

The NCAA's statement indicates the penalty is for agreeing to $20k to go to KU, though the payment never ended up happening. So he's being penalized even though his guardian didn't take the money they say he agreed to (but have no proof).

They also have no proof of the 60k Maryland thing.

Dirk Medema 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Also, the $2,500 was for classes to get to KU not at KU. Everything at KU is paid for on scholarship and okay.

Brad Watson 10 months, 2 weeks ago

The conference title streak ends ...not at 14....not at 15....but at 13....last years title will be wiped away because of this...because he played in games...every game he played in will be forfeited.

Bill Kackley 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Power 5 teams need to leave NCAA AND START THERE OWN GOVERNING BODY. That would cut the festicals off the monster

Layne Pierce 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Where is Condolezza now when we need her. Talk about NCAA reforms needed. If maryland is not put on probation and we are, and duke is not put on probation, then KU should simply file a legal suit against NCAA.

In addition, the rule has to be changed. In order to do this to Silvio NCAA should have to demonstrate beyond a reasonable doubt that he knew the money was going to his guardian. otherwise, anyone can pay anyone, and any player can be put on probation.

I don't think self is leaving, if he does, it will be because he University did not stand up for a victim.

RCJH

Armen Kurdian 10 months, 2 weeks ago

This is a most egregious and vindictive decsion that took the NCAA forever and a day to come to. Immediate lawfuit, KU did everything right...HTF are you supposed to be able to know something about something when there is no way you could possibly know anything about it?

Andy Godwin 10 months, 2 weeks ago

How did the NCAA determine the severity of the infraction? They must share with KU, Silvio and his lawyer, and now the public how they came up with two entire seasons. What is their precedence? I was pretty certain once details from the Adidas trial became public this summer that Silvio would never play another game of college basketball. I guess that speculation was correct. Then Self, as the season progressed, would suggested that he expected him to play, thought there was a chance he would play, we will wait and see how the NCAA rules, etc. Once KU completed their official investigation and reported the violations, which I guess is the $2,500 plus a promise of $20,000, I believe that Self and KU thought the NCAA would penalize Silvio for the actions of his guardian as timed served, whether Silvio knew of the action or not. To my limited knowledge of the interworkings of the NCAA , two entire seasons seems unprecedented. Yes, other top players and families are on take (this is the tip of the iceberg) and have violated NCAA rules for receiving “illegal benefits”, yet most will never be penalized since they will have moved on to bigger paychecks before an official investigation is even launched. KU and Silvio are clearly being penalized for acknowledging the infraction and are being made an example. If the NCAA is using Silvio to set their standards to come for trying to clean up college basketball, then I feel for him given his situation. He is not a kid growing up in the US playing on the AAU circuit for money. He is a 15 year old athletic kid coming to the States from Africa who is being used as a commodity by others trying to make a buck. Shame on all of those people who have exploited Silvio for their personal benefit and shame on the NCAA for the most egregious ruling I can remember.

Bob Thompson 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Maybe this is the fire that KU needs to start playing ball. Instead of crying about what the NCAA did, go out and do something positive. Show the NCAA and every other doubting thomas that you can kick us, but you can't put us down.

Barry Weiss 10 months, 2 weeks ago

This is not good. I can't see Silvio having enough experience to get drafted this year. I would think his best options come down to playing overseas or staying at KU, which I hope he does. The hits just keep on coming. Beat Tech today! We need something positive!

Chad Smith 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Sue the NCAA. Please KU, Please Bill. This is a great opportunity to incite the impetus for change. Show publicly in a court of law the inadequacies and unfairness of their organization and demand better. This ruling is beyond ridiculous and demonstrates the NCAA's biases and inconsistencies. PLEASE SUE THE NCAA.

Dirk Medema 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Gotta wonder about $2,500 cash stuffed in a magazine arriving in the mail then being donated to a church in Florida. Was the church somehow related to Silvio going to school in Florida?

Suspected as much about the alleged $20k. Actually a request for "used" gear for the national team in Angola. Guessing the truth lies somewhere in between. Started as used gear, morphed to new gear, then to $20k cash. The part that has me wondering is does outfitting the national team of a top recruit really differ from outfitting the AAU team of top recruits? My guess is that it doesn't, and this is really the Alexander-Preston effect, just like the guardian clause is really the Newton clause. The NCAA couldn't punish Cam, because he didn't know, so they changed to rule. In this case they aren't even changing the rule.

SDS is being punished more than Jewan Hernandez (Miami) who actually committed a violation by signing a contract with an agent. Vindictive.

Tony Bandle 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Random Thoughts:

1] I can't believe I am saying this but KU ought to join forces with Missouri, file a class action suit against the NCAA and invite everyone in the Power Five Conferences to join them. The best way to face a bully is to punch him in the face and reveal the coward that he truly is.

2] Silvio's best option may be to stay with KU and ride this out. After all, he is truly a freshman in age this year. It would be like he red shirted his sophomore year.

3] Does this mean that the years he sits out does not count as years of eligibility and he would have three seasons after next season since he din't play this year?

4] Can he still be on the team as a walk on and get to practice and be coached although he cannot play?

5] I hope the Hawks take it out on Tech today and show Matt Hurt the true Jayhawk fire and spirit!!!

6] NincompoopsConArtistsAll.

David Howell 10 months, 2 weeks ago

What a freakin' mess ............ Further proof that UNC, Duke, Kentucky and Michigan State secretly run the NCAA from behind the scenes ! Kansas has some really wealthy alumni and suing the NCAA is not an option. It is mandatory !

I have to wonder that deep down the NCAA knows we will appeal and they can look good by letting Silvio play next year ............ I am hoping anyways !

Dirk Medema 10 months, 2 weeks ago

UK lost Kanter a few years ago, so not sure they're running things, and according to Coach K they are just the best cheaters in CBB. "Nobody has cheated them out of a recruit" = Nobody cheats better than them.

Deep down the NCAA knows there's tons they can't prove, and appear to be vindictively taking it all out on Silvio. There was probably a violation with Clif, but they couldn't prove it before he left. It appears very likely there was a violation with Billy, but they couldn't prove it before he left. There's no saving face, much less looking good for the NCAA at this point. They have egg all over theirs at this point.

The real hope is that it creates more of a bunker mentality, us against the world approach from the players.

Stuart Corder 10 months, 2 weeks ago

If you want to eliminate the black market business of amateur athlete trafficking, then the NCAA needs to eliminate “amateurism”.

Allow universities from power conferences to enter into bidding wars for “free agent” high school recruits via salaries? No.

Allow universities that profit from perspective sports to offer a standardized percentage of sport revenue to student athletes? Yes.

Allow coaches to sit with parents/prospects and say “Look, you can come to KU to play basketball. We typically generate X amount of revenue, which means on top of a scholarship to attend classes, you can expect Y amount of profit share as being a member of this team each year, plus a share of merchandise (jersey sales, bobble heads, etc.).”

While non-student athletes often work while attending classes, one can not expect student athletes to work on top of practices, games, travel, university required community outreach, etc.

Not only would this incentivize having players remain in school for all four years to graduate with a degree, but it also gives premier athletes exposure to the business side of their potential future profession.

I predict you’ll find the same elite schools landing the same elite prospects. The mid-majors are incentivized to win and invest in their programs. It works for all sports where this black market is problematic.

....it would also allow for the return of NCAA basketball/football video games. 😎

Suzi Marshall 10 months, 2 weeks ago

The NCAA can keep the appearance of modified amateurism by not allowing the schools to pay for athletes other than is currently approved. They can and should allow student-athletes to sign 3rd party deals. Every other student in the university can do so...performing arts students participate in commercial productions, business/STEM students participate in commercial internships, etc, etc. The NCAA is conducting in criminal activity when it prevents student-athletes marketing their own likeness (1st Amendment violation), not allowing 3rd party contracts, I,e, shoe company deals (Sherman Anti-trust) and randomly searching private records (4th Amendment violation).

Dave Coen 10 months, 2 weeks ago

An OU QB is made a millionaire by MLB, plays football then enters NFL draft. NCAA calls him an amateur. An immigrant basketball player’s guardian takes $2500 without knowledge of the basketball player. The player is suspended for two seasons. NCAA???

Mike Barnhart 10 months, 2 weeks ago

It was all right there but none of us wanted to see it!

The beginning of the massive money generating shoe endorsement industry, which has led to so much corruption in college basketball, started in the 1980s when Nike partnered with Michael Jordan. Less than a decade later in Kansas City, Nike paid convicted felon and crack dealer, Myron Piggie hundreds of thousands of dollars for access to his 76ers AAU team. Then, shortly after Bill Self and Lew Perkins arrived at KU, they entered their first contract with Adidas and began signing the top level recruits Roy Williams said he could never sign at KU. Players like Silvio DeSosa.

College basketball has gotten dirtier and dirtier over the years and while it’s hard to admit, KU has benefited from the corruption. But so has Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina and Villanova who will all be lucky to escape Nike and Under Armor's upcoming FBI cases.

If you’re sad that KU lost a chance to utilize DeSosa’s talent to chase another championship, that’s okay. If you feel DeSosa got cheated out of his opportunity to play in games, you’ve lost sight of the whole point of college athletics. DeSosa got free prep school, free college, elite basketball training, awesome housing and fun travel opportunities. He can choose to stay and eventually play or leave and start earning really good money playing basketball professionally.

The only ones really hurt in this mess are the fans who poured so much of their energy into a dishonest sport. I hope it gets cleaned up but my heart will never be in it like it used to be.

Suzi Marshall 10 months, 2 weeks ago

The players should be free to make their own deals with shoe companies or any other private enterprise. Several district court decisions, (https://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-9th-circuit/1714344.html), affirm this position. The NCAA is way out of line with this punitive, spiteful and childish decision.

Dirk Medema 10 months, 2 weeks ago

"The only ones really hurt are the fans"? Really? How have the fans actually been hurt? That seems a wee bit pretentious.

And the massive money generating shoe endorsement industry has not led to corruption in college basketball. It is just the latest iteration of paying for W's. It's been going on for most of the past century. Lots of info out there about it being the backbone of the UK and UCLA dynasties as well as others.

While you are very accurate to recognize the many benefits Silvio and other athletes receive, especially when on full scholarships, you've either not been an athlete or have completely lost sight of what it means to train and compete. For basketball and football players in particular, and especially those from lower income families, the continued development of their skills is necessary and the path to change not only their life trajectory, but often that of their entire family. Silvio is a year, and now 3 years away from making really good professional money. Without NCAA competition, the path to really good professional money is next to non-existent.

Tim Orel 10 months, 2 weeks ago

I hate to say this, but if/when KU sues the NCAA, KU may be able to disrupt or end the NCAA's harsh punishments but KU will still have been punished whereas Duke, UNC, UK and several of the rest wind up benefitting from KU's lawsuit because the NCAA won't be bashing them (since the law will have stepped in by then). Even if the FBI proves the Nike and UA schools may have done the same or worse. The FBI made KU's situation worse by taking on Adidas first; I can't recall why the Adidas case was done first.

Bee Bee 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Break up the National Communists Against Athletes under RICO Statutes.

Tracey Graham 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Why is Zion Williamson playing at Duke? From what I've read, people around him were asking for money. Shouldn't that situation being getting invesitgated? Why is Coach K not holding him out waiting for a decision from the NCAA making him ineligible for the next two seasons?

Now, I don't know if Williamson or anyone associated with him actually took any money. Maybe they didn't. But it seems to me the NCAA picks and chooses who it investigates and who it punishes. If they are going to do this stupidity, then they need to have the same guidelines for every player and every school.

Personally, I believe the NCAA could have avoided this whole mess if they would just pay the players a stipend. But NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, the NCAA is so greedy they refuse to share any of the BILLIONS of dollars they make on D-I football and basketball. The NCAA does not give a rat's ass about the student-athletes. It is a corrupt, hypocritical organization that needs to be brought down. De Sousa should sue the NCAA. Because a lawsuit appears to be the only way the system might get fixed.

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