Kansas benches player named in college basketball corruption investigation

(AP) - Kansas officials say they are not concerned about having to forfeit last year's Big 12 title or Final Four appearance as part of the fallout of the investigation into college basketball corruption.

Silvio De Sousa's guardian was accused during the trial of ex-Adidas official James Gatto of accepting money from people associated with the apparel company, which could have rendered him ineligible. De Sousa graduated from IMG Academy last December and participated in the Jayhawks' tournament run.

Coach Bill Self and other school officials believe the NCAA had cleared De Sousa at that point, and anything that may have come to light during the recent trial would not make a difference. De Sousa will not play in games this season pending an investigation into his eligibility.

Self says he has been told to "refrain from any comment" related to the college basketball corruption trial that has resulted in the benching of forward Silvio De Sousa.

Self's name has been mentioned during the federal trial of ex-Adidas executive James Gatto, who along with two others is accused of funneling money from the apparel company to certain schools. A defense attorney has claimed that Self and assistant Kurtis Townsend knew of the payments.

Self was speaking at the Big 12's annual media day. He said in a statement earlier in the day that De Sousa, a sophomore forward, would be held out pending an investigation into his eligibility.



 
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