KU coach Bill Self talks Silvio De Sousa, says something needs to be determined one way or another


Kansas' Silvio De Sousa, left, watches from the bench during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Texas Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in Lawrence, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Kansas' Silvio De Sousa, left, watches from the bench during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Texas Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in Lawrence, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) by Associated Press

Responding to questions about a Monday report stating that Kansas officials are in the process of urging the NCAA to immediately reinstate sophomore forward Silvio De Sousa, KU coach Bill Self offered little new information. But he did share some insight regarding De Sousa’s status after No. 7 Kansas’ 80-78 win over Texas on Monday night at Allen Fieldhouse.

“I can’t say that there’s anything new (or) that we know anything will be done this week,” Self said. “I’m not in the know on a lot of those things. You guys may not believe me, but that’s factual.”

As he has been throughout the season, Self remains hopeful that De Sousa and the school will hear something “sooner rather than later” that would allow everyone to move forward.

“You know, we’re getting toward the end of the season,” Self began. “Something needs to be determined one way or another. He’s obviously ready to move forward with whatever it is, and he’s been very patient, and then us, as a team, we need to know, too. So I’m certainly hopeful we’ll get something sooner rather than later, but I don’t have a time frame.”

Asked how much he or university officials had been able to keep De Sousa informed about what has gone on during the past couple of months — during which KU has voluntarily held De Sousa out of games while awaiting guidance and word from the NCAA about his eligibility — Self painted a picture of a player who was aware of what was happening and why.

“I think he knows that there is definitely an effort (being made) to try to assist the process,” Self said Monday night. “The one thing that he has been very mature about is, he’s seeing big picture, because I think the school has done a good job educating him on the dynamics and why maybe things aren’t moving as quick as we want them to. He’s handled it like a stud. And, you know, he’s crushed.”

As for whether he could foresee a resolution that puts De Sousa on the court for Kansas sometime this season, Self said simply, “We’re certainly not putting all our eggs in that basket, but we’re very hopeful.”

One thing Self is not worried about is De Sousa following the path taken by former KU forward Billy Preston, who, last season, got tired of waiting for the NCAA to rule on his eligibility status and left the program to sign with a professional team overseas last January.

“No,” Self said. “But that was a totally different situation. I mean, you’re talking apples and oranges.”


Barry Weiss 3 years, 10 months ago

well, sooner or later (lol) we should find out something. He was coming on like a freight train at the end of last year so we could use him big time right now.

Mike Bennett 3 years, 10 months ago

The NCAA is a crap organization and needs to be dismantled. It only cares about making coaches and AD's richer. It couldn't care less about the athletes and players that pay their outrageous salaries.

Jim Stauffer 3 years, 10 months ago

To say "apples and oranges" in comparing this to Billy pretty much tells us KU knew Momma had messed up big time in Billy's case. They seem to believe the only screw up with Silvio is taking the $2500. Seth Davis seems to think there is a possible resolution with Silvio actually gaining eligibility. I have never thought there was a chance until Davis wrote his article in The Athletic.

Dirk Medema 3 years, 10 months ago

To say that "KU knew Momma had messed up big time in Billy's case" seems like quite a simplification. It's pretty clear from the comments at the time of the accident that KU didn't know much about the car. The trial disclosed that Momma subsequently lied about getting the $ for the car. My guess is that we/KU officials eventually pieced things together, and painted a clearer picture for her prompting his exodus.

Definitely agree with you on the rest.

Armen Kurdian 3 years, 10 months ago

And in the process, one of the top prospects in the country got royally screwed, recently waived by Cleveland. His future was so promising and exciting, and now he's nothing. He ought to sue his mother for criminal stupidity.

Dale Rogers 3 years, 10 months ago

First, Silvio said he knew nothing about the $2500. It went to his guardian. And in the Adidas trial, the guy who gave the guardian the money said KU and its coaches knew nothing about it.

What irritates me about the national media's portrayal of this by using headlines that imply KU is about to admit it knew there was a violation. The headlines read like "KU to admit violations in De Sousa case." While the NCAA said a violation has to be reported before they will review eligibility (and why is that????), what KU is like to "admit" is that the trial said that the guardian accepted $2500 to pay for classes for Silvio to get him ready to graduate so he could attend KU. That is an admission that there was a violation but it in no way says KU knew anything about it. Sorry, just my irritation with big media's use of sensationalism to draw readers.

Bee Bee 3 years, 10 months ago

National Communists Against Athletes.

Ryan Shelton 3 years, 10 months ago

Robert is right. This is a quote from an article yesterday. If this information is true, then KU hasn't yet taken the first step, but it sounds as if they are about to.

"When reached by the Journal-World last month for clarity in De Sousa’s case, an NCAA spokesperson said that NCAA rules require KU to first rule the player ineligible, then submit a request for reinstatement before the NCAA can even begin to review the case."

Dale Rogers 3 years, 10 months ago

Actually, I believe what they said is the school must first notify the NCAA that there was a rules violation.

Dirk Medema 3 years, 10 months ago

KU didn't cause the delay anymore than the NCAA did unless we're to believe that neither entity has an interest to protect in this case. The delay appears to have been caused by excepting improper benefits, and then not disclosing those benefits to KU & the NCAA. Though maybe it was caused by a set of rules that is so convoluted, or maybe it was caused by previous athletes and representatives that found a myriad of loopholes to benefit from resulting in a massive knot of regulation when the loophole was closed.

Maybe we're better off not trying to blame someone and realize that most of the people involved are working hard to resolve the matter as quickly as possible within the rules as best they understand them. It's just not quick or simple as we would want.

Karen Mansfield-Stewart 3 years, 10 months ago

Just curious... IF he was made eligible to play now, the second semester. Would he have three years of eligibility left or just two?

Dirk Medema 3 years, 10 months ago

Taking a que from Ochai's situation, when you play in games beyond a certain date/#, it is counted as a year of eligibility, so last year was 1 and this year is one. 2 years left.

Jeff Coffman 3 years, 10 months ago

I don't even get it anymore. A $2500 payment specifically for education and rumors of payments made to go to a different school. Under oath testimony that no payments were made outside of the educational payments to KU. Proven under the law that KU was considered a victim in these cases, and the NCAA wants to negotiate facts before we can even proceed through the process.

I don't even think a soap opera could make up these kinds of drama stories.

Dale Rogers 3 years, 10 months ago

And the student-athlete suffers most even though he likely knew nothing about where the money came from to pay for those classes.

Where those KU classes? I thought they were for additional high school level classes to help him graduate early, reclassifying to 2018, and not paid to KU. Even if it was paid to KU it was paid by the guardian, not by Adidas. The guardian got the money from Adidas.

Dirk Medema 3 years, 10 months ago

Jeff - Improper benefits are benefits that would not be available to students in general. The purpose doesn't matter. What matters is that it was available to him because of his athletic performance.

Dale - The distinction between athlete and guardian, or lack thereof, is the Newton effect IIRC. My understanding is that Cam got out of punishment because it was argued that he didn't know that Dad was shopping him around to the highest bidder. The NCAA then closed the loophole. It's the reason Alexander sat when momma apparently accepted a downpayment on his future draft status even though Clif apparently didn't know anything about it. I thought I read that he and Dad were pretty PO'd at Momma, though most of that is likely to never see the light of day.

Sarah Reagan 3 years, 10 months ago

To build on Jeff’s point, I think it’s a societal issue where America has accepted that public/private universities themselves, and large, powerful organizations (NFL, NCAA) are moving away from following the US system of justice and citizens’ granted constitutional rights, to instead implement their own governing bodies. The constitution and our justice system, while certainly not perfect, have been the best answers to date on how to fairly govern and enforce. Instead, these organizations are pushing governance behind closed doors, into board rooms with select few individuals who hold power to make unattested decisions. Decisions which aren’t even consistent accross similar cases. Silvio is a victim of this type of “governance”, and if we as Americans keep accepting how these parties part with our proven system, we will be victims as well someday. #freesilvio.

Dane Pratt 3 years, 10 months ago

I would LOVE to ride the pine on the KU bench.

Tony Bandle 3 years, 10 months ago

If you are an elite athlete trying to start an NBA career....not so much.

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