Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Cliff Alexander doesn’t make trip to Omaha for tournament

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


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.”


Michael Lorraine 7 years, 8 months ago

Sad and a bit ironic that the person who hurt Cliff the most was his own mother. I hope this all works out in the long run for the Alexander family.

Priest Fontaine 7 years, 8 months ago

just read this from a fan on the slant that goes by 'ransam':

"Cliff had a meeting today at 3 o'clock with the NCAA and It ended at 6pm. In attendance was his mom, dad, and cliff. Not sure if anybody else was there besides the NCAA. The issue is about $50,000 and it involves his mom. His father or cliff knew nothing about it. One of the major issue is if his mom gave Cliff any money or bought him anything using that money, and if he knew where the money came from when she bought it for him. That is Why cliff has already provided bank receipts and personal phone statements.

Any personal decisions made about Cliff basketball career will be handled by Cliff and his father, his mom is not involved going forward in regards to Cliff's basketball career. From what it sounded like, she may not even be welcomed at his games. Although that I'm not clear on.

It is possible that a decision could be reached as early as tomorrow and Cliff could possibly fly out and be with the team in Omaha."

Suzi Marshall 7 years, 8 months ago

Thanks for posting that!!! If Alexander is cleared and brings some fire with him, that would be an incredible lift for the team!!

John Fitzgerald 7 years, 8 months ago

If this is true I will run a marathon this year. Just kidding, I would never run a marathon, but this sounds amazing.

Jonathan Allison 7 years, 8 months ago

you might run 26.2 miles over the course of the year

Ashwin Rao 7 years, 8 months ago

Even if he was "cleared", I doubt if he will participate in Omaha... maybe in Cleveland (if we reach that far). Beyond what Cliff can do for us, the team needs to focus on the tasks at hand, so they will try to reduce distractions. Change in personnel does not help, even if it is a beloved player.

Nick Kersting 7 years, 8 months ago

I was wondering that to. Does his return help or hurt the team when the rest of the team has prepared for him to be absent.

Jonathan Allison 7 years, 8 months ago

I would think that it helps the team by having him available. Everybody on the teams wants to be in the best position to win. Added depth is a +. Even if we end up not needing him in the game, at best having him with the team provides a spark, and at worst it changes nothing.

Jonathan Allison 7 years, 8 months ago

Let's hope that RanSam is more than just a creative writer. A glimmer of hope is more than what we've had for the past few weeks.

I still am doubtful he'll play in the tournament, however this could open the door for him to return for a sophomore season.

John Fitzgerald 7 years, 8 months ago

Great point. Having Cliff back next year would be huge for us. We've seen his potential and eventually he's going to play up to it. I just hope it's while he's in a Jayhawk uniform.

Joe Ross 7 years, 8 months ago

Before we get too excited about the post of one "ransam", consider the following:

The NCAA defines an extra benefit as any special arrangement by an institutional employee, donor, or a representative of the institution's athletics interest ("booster") to provide a student-athlete (or a student athlete's relative or friend) a benefit that is not generally available to other students and their relatives and/or friends.

Even if Cliff divorces himself from his mother in matters that may have led to concerns regarding his eligibility, BY RULE an infraction has still occurred if, in fact, his mother took the money using Cliff's future earning potential as collateral. This is true even if Cliff had no knowledge of it. This is true even if the University of Kansas had no knowledge of it. The rule is very broadly written.

Eliott Reeder 7 years, 8 months ago

But perhaps that broadly written rule will allow for him to merely be suspended for a handful of games next year instead of his college career being over completely? Who knows. Either way, as John Oliver pointed out earlier this week in that great piece on college b-ball, the NCAA is a joke that exploits young men and women (many of whom come from difficult upbringings) for their own profit.

Joe Ross 7 years, 8 months ago

I agree with your comment. Every. Single. Word.

Kenneth Johnson 7 years, 8 months ago

We need to dispose of the NCAA. What a terrible organization! Why did they have to come up with this charge right at the end of the year?

Is there some politics going on here?

Kenn Johnson KU ('70) Author of: - Kansas University Basketball Legends - Mor University of Kansas Basketball Legends

Brianna Zaleski 7 years, 8 months ago

Joe, How do u explain Cam Newton being cleared then a few years back? I don't think it's as black and white as you're making it out to be.

Joe Ross 7 years, 8 months ago

Good question, Brianna. I preface any comments I make by saying unequivocally that I am not an apologist for the NCAA. If you've watched the Boeheim fiasco and the hot water Syracuse has found itself in, it would be easy to convince yourself that the NCAA can be somewhat arbitrary in how they apply standards. For my part, I am not making anything black and white as everything with the Athletics Association seems to be in a gray fog. Im just mentioning the rule and saying we ought not to get our hopes up. "Yet."

Jay Scott 7 years, 8 months ago

Cliff needs to turn pro anyway. His stock will never be higher.

Aaron Paisley 7 years, 8 months ago

If he some how manages to have eligibility for next season and averages the 15 and 10 he's capable of, he goes right back into the lottery.

Aaron Paisley 7 years, 8 months ago

I'm very skeptical that this meeting took place yesterday because that's a big enough development in this case that Self would've mentioned it today or last night.

Craig Alexander 7 years, 8 months ago

Self would not bring this up to the team right before our first game in the tourney while Big 12 teams are dropping like flies. No distraction needed for the team tonight.

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