Poor Silvio



  • But the good thing is that we now know what we have to work with, and Self can adjust the lineup and offense accordingly. Dunno what he’ll do, but at least we can pretend we have a direction and can stick with it.



  • Kids life being ruined by decisions made by adults. Always a damn shame.



  • I guess the last two days should be a wake up call though. Harsh penalties for Midwest schools.



  • No Silvio got screwed but it’s because Kansas basketball must live on. Cant disrupt the money here. Sad sad ruling. All of next year. Go pound sand NCAA. No rules stating thats the penalty, no transparency, no understanding of what they do. They are making examples of kids because that’s what they ultimately still control. Pathetic

    It’s nice to know one way or the other 21 games too late.



  • You all realize that the NCAA statement said that a Kansas booster was involved? Not just an Adidas guy?

    This is really concerning.

    And if we absolve a player that involves a third party in his recruitment – that third party then taking money – then there are no rules, right?

    All that said, why isn’t his guardian targeted by the FBI? Or the booster?

    And even bigger to me – if we know Zion, or someone else took money, why are we quiet? Burn it down.

    I don’t mind rules. I don’t mind a reasonable suspension. What I mind is when it is not applied across the board, or when prosecution/investigation targets only a select few.

    The obvious better penalty would have been to suspend him this year only.

    We should hold our breath … Here’s betting we get a postseason ban in 2019-20, and maybe even forfeiting the final four last season.

    And this is part of the reason why I said a while back that there is a reasonable chance that Bill Self is not here next season. This can lead to a coach leaving, for sure. Or, if it’s found that Self knew in some way, being forced out.

    The NBA is waiting.



  • You want this to quit happening? 1- QUIT recruiting questionable people. 2- DROP ADIDAS. Pick up Nike immediately. Zion has 100 dollar bills coming out of his socks. His mother declared bankruptcy two years ago, and just bought an 800 thousand dollar house. It is on record that KT discussed the “price” for Zion, and these bastards have simply swept it under the rug. Get under the Nike circle of protection- there you can offer players 100k, and nothing happens.



  • HighEliteMajor said:

    You all realize that the NCAA statement said that a Kansas booster was involved? Not just an Adidas guy?

    This is really concerning.

    And if we absolve a player that involves a third party in his recruitment – that third party then taking money – then there are no rules, right?

    All that said, why isn’t his guardian targeted by the FBI? Or the booster?

    And even bigger to me – if we know Zion, or someone else took money, why are we quiet? Burn it down.

    I don’t mind rules. I don’t mind a reasonable suspension. What I mind is when it is not applied across the board, or when prosecution/investigation targets only a select few.

    The obvious better penalty would have been to suspend him this year only.

    We should hold our breath … Here’s betting we get a postseason ban in 2019-20, and maybe even forfeiting the final four last season.

    And this is part of the reason why I said a while back that there is a reasonable chance that Bill Self is not here next season. This can lead to a coach leaving, for sure. Or, if it’s found that Self knew in some way, being forced out.

    The NBA is waiting.

    BILL SELF IS NOT LEAVING



  • @HighEliteMajor

    By booster are you assuming Gassnola? He is the only one listed in the reports. Is there something else your seeing?



  • jayhawkcsg said:

    But the good thing is that we now know what we have to work with, and Self can adjust the lineup and offense accordingly. Dunno what he’ll do, but at least we can pretend we have a direction and can stick with it.

    you would think wouldn’t you that they just have to try and get Dave more minutes wouldn’t you – stat to develop him more add that other Big - -got to do something



  • HighEliteMajor said:

    You all realize that the NCAA statement said that a Kansas booster was involved? Not just an Adidas guy?

    This is really concerning.

    And if we absolve a player that involves a third party in his recruitment – that third party then taking money – then there are no rules, right?

    All that said, why isn’t his guardian targeted by the FBI? Or the booster?

    And even bigger to me – if we know Zion, or someone else took money, why are we quiet? Burn it down.

    I don’t mind rules. I don’t mind a reasonable suspension. What I mind is when it is not applied across the board, or when prosecution/investigation targets only a select few.

    The obvious better penalty would have been to suspend him this year only.

    We should hold our breath … Here’s betting we get a postseason ban in 2019-20, and maybe even forfeiting the final four last season.

    And this is part of the reason why I said a while back that there is a reasonable chance that Bill Self is not here next season. This can lead to a coach leaving, for sure. Or, if it’s found that Self knew in some way, being forced out.

    The NBA is waiting.

    But why do we want to punish 17 year old kids for the decisions of adults? That’s my issue. I understand no punishment doesn’t work. It’s why the NCAA needs to address the real issue at hand. A 3rd party is willing to pay athletes at this level. Enough to corrupt a majority of the top 150 recruits each season. They need to come up with a way for them to earn some semblance of what they’re worth from their likeness.

    The system is broken.



  • BeddieKU23 said:

    No Silvio got screwed but it’s because Kansas basketball must live on. Cant disrupt the money here. Sad sad ruling. All of next year. Go pound sand NCAA. No rules stating thats the penalty, no transparency, no understanding of what they do. They are making examples of kids because that’s what they ultimately still control. Pathetic

    It’s nice to know one way or the other 21 games too late.

    All the NCAA is doing is digging it’s pathetic little grave even deeper. -I as well as others just can’t believe it will be too much longer before schools break away from the NCAA completely.

    Like I said you would have to think we just got to work Dave more now don’t we - -get him into the mix more and develop him - -not gonna help much this year but got to start sometime and we need some minutes out of him more this year yet. - - ROCK CHALK ALL DAY LONG BABY



  • HighEliteMajor said:

    You all realize that the NCAA statement said that a Kansas booster was involved? Not just an Adidas guy?

    This is really concerning.

    And if we absolve a player that involves a third party in his recruitment – that third party then taking money – then there are no rules, right?

    All that said, why isn’t his guardian targeted by the FBI? Or the booster?

    And even bigger to me – if we know Zion, or someone else took money, why are we quiet? Burn it down.

    I don’t mind rules. I don’t mind a reasonable suspension. What I mind is when it is not applied across the board, or when prosecution/investigation targets only a select few.

    The obvious better penalty would have been to suspend him this year only.

    We should hold our breath … Here’s betting we get a postseason ban in 2019-20, and maybe even forfeiting the final four last season.

    And this is part of the reason why I said a while back that there is a reasonable chance that Bill Self is not here next season. This can lead to a coach leaving, for sure. Or, if it’s found that Self knew in some way, being forced out.

    The NBA is waiting.

    it was the same person that gave him the initial money



  • KUSTEVE said:

    You want this to quit happening? 1- QUIT recruiting questionable people. 2- DROP ADIDAS. Pick up Nike immediately. Zion has 100 dollar bills coming out of his socks. His mother declared bankruptcy two years ago, and just bought an 800 thousand dollar house. It is on record that KT discussed the “price” for Zion, and these bastards have simply swept it under the rug. Get under the Nike circle of protection- there you can offer players 100k, and nothing happens.

    the thing is - -whats sad Silvio is the one being screwed he didn’t know about this going on. - -Like they said on the radio this afternoon – he went on line to finish High School early to come help KU like they said this kid was 17 yrs old - -his fricking handler needs strung up - - he is the screw up - -and Silvio is the one who gets screwed. takes on line classes so he can graduate early and come help us get to the final 4 - -and this is what he get’s - -a half of year of College - -a screw job with no lube and a Thank you.

    The way to keep this from happening anymore is we just GOT to stay away from these kids that have questionable handlers that are just looking for money - - handouts who have no compassion for the kid



  • @jayballer73 I think the ACC has huge influence over the NCAA, especially the enforcement division. That way, the largest academic fraud case in history simply goes away, and competitors not in the ACC get the book thrown at them. Or I should say, ACC members that take Nike money. If you’re with Adidas, it doesn’t matter what conference you’re in- you’re public enemy number 1. This is a hit job aimed at our program, and aimed at Adidas. I mean…come ON…are they trying to tell us the top 10 recruits in the country which either go to Tucky or Dook take nothing? What a crock of pure shit.



  • KUSTEVE said:

    @jayballer73 I think the ACC has huge influence over the NCAA, especially the enforcement division. That way, the largest academic fraud case in history simply goes away, and competitors not in the ACC get the book thrown at them. Or I should say, ACC members that take Nike money. If you’re with Adidas, it doesn’t matter what conference you’re in- you’re public enemy number 1. This is a hit job aimed at our program, and aimed at Adidas. I mean…come ON…are they trying to tell us the top 10 recruits in the country which either go to Tucky or Dook take nothing? What a crock of pure shit.

    Very True- -yet the sad part of it is that this is not the end. - -Now that they deemed him as ineligible - -you watch we gonna going to more likely then not be stripped of all games he played last year - -possibly stripped of our conference championship - -and from these pieces of crap NCAA possible land us with a post season ban - these idiots know nothing - - Screw - -The NCAA - - AND THE FRICKEN ACC



  • If I were Self, I’d definitely get out of college coaching. Seems pretty obvious that he’s trying to do the right thing by not playing guys like Alexander, Preston and Silvio as soon as he gets a whiff of something fishy.



  • @KUSTEVE It’s ridiculous. I think the NCAA is also making an example, trying to puff their chest and try to act tough, because this is related to the FBI investigation.



  • @Kcmatt7 I know we’re all upset, but not sure how his life is ruined? Very hopeful he’ll get paid for his skill someday soon. Not sure where that will be.



  • wissox said:

    @Kcmatt7 I know we’re all upset, but not sure how his life is ruined? Very hopeful he’ll get paid for his skill someday soon. Not sure where that will be.

    HE IS LOOKING OVER HE OPTIONS



  • I just read the story on ESPN. My blood is boiling. Not just because we lose a great player, but because he does nothing wrong, didn’t even know about anything wrong being done, and the NCAA says it doesn’t matter he didn’t know, he’s still responsible. What an injustice.



  • @wissox I know it seems like an injustice. I think the second season suspension is over the top. But would the rules be worth anything if a kid could escape sanction when a person he involved in recruiting accepted money on his behalf? That would be free pass. No perfect solution.



  • I just went back and read about the Arizona mess last year. It was 97,500$ worse than what happened with Silvio’s guardian, not coach. Sean sat one game. Ayton, no games obviously. How is this even close to being fair?



  • @HighEliteMajor I know it sounds like I’m anti rules. But the injustice is more in the inequities in the way the NCAA punishes some and skates on the others. See my post just above on Arizona. Some throw allegations about Duke, and Zion, and his mom, and UNC and their scandal. But we get nailed, and as you said, maybe we get punished too.



  • HighEliteMajor said:

    @wissox I know it seems like an injustice. I think the second season suspension is over the top. But would the rules be worth anything if a kid could escape sanction when a person he involved in recruiting accepted money on his behalf? That would be free pass. No perfect solution.

    ya it’s the 2nd full year that seems like an over the top injustice to me



  • Sue the b**tards at the NCAA…



  • jayballer73 said:

    jayhawkcsg said:

    But the good thing is that we now know what we have to work with, and Self can adjust the lineup and offense accordingly. Dunno what he’ll do, but at least we can pretend we have a direction and can stick with it.

    you would think wouldn’t you that they just have to try and get Dave more minutes wouldn’t you – stat to develop him more add that other Big - -got to do something

    I think so. I would like to see the 2 big offense used more often, including more minutes for Big Dave. that would help in his development, but also light a fire under whatever small ends up on the bench to perform or run their arse off when in the game (hello QG).



  • Yea, that second suspended season doesn’t make much sense. There’s something fishy going on. we don’t have all the facts. I feel strongly they are withholding information for some reason. maybe that was agreed upon with KU before releasing their statement. A guess of course. Self IS VERY pissed, which would not back my argument.

    It sounds like their enforcement standard begins with “your NCAA career is over” and can be whittled on down to a lesser suspension, which it certainly should have been given the facts involved with only the KU part of the cash flow. I think they are punishing Silvio and sending a clear message to his guardian that you took money from TWO institutions or people with ties to the schools in some fashion. No bueno.



  • jayhawkcsg said:

    Yea, that second suspended season doesn’t make much sense. There’s something fishy going on. we don’t have all the facts. I feel strongly they are withholding information for some reason. maybe that was agreed upon with KU before releasing their statement. A guess of course. Self IS VERY pissed, which would not back my argument.

    It sounds like their enforcement standard begins with “your NCAA career is over” and can be whittled on down to a lesser suspension, which it certainly should have been given the facts involved with only the KU part of the cash flow. I think they are punishing Silvio and sending a clear message to his guardian that you took money from TWO institutions or people with ties to the schools in some fashion. No bueno.

    I have to agree on some of this - -I really don’t think Ku is withholding any info - -just wouldn’t make sense for them to immediately appeal and be holding back info - -would REALLY make them look bad to the fans to do that - especially when they are coming out and saying they are appealing and feeling that Silvio got basically screwed



  • From fran

    There are no coaches I’ve communicated with that are surprised by NCAA’s DeSousa decision tonight. Personally, I wish NCAA had decided on this case sooner & not left everyone hanging. Adults ruined this opportunity for the young man.



  • Totally whacked. If the NCAA wants to just go hardball, banning a player from amateur competition PERMANTENTLY makes more sense than a 2-year suspension. Has a two-year ban ever been been done on a player before for something other than drugs? The only guy I can think of was an LSU football player who supposedly cheated on a urine test.



  • De Sousa, the NCAA announced, will be required to sit out the rest of the 2018-19 season and for the entirety of the 2019-20 season “because his guardian received payment from a university booster and agent and agreed to receive additional funds from the same person.”

    From the NCAA’s release: “According to the facts provided for purposes of the reinstatement request, 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.”



  • Start him tomorrow



  • so was this the Maryland booster? And he was suppose to get additional payments? I thought they agreed those payments weren’t proven?



  • @Crimsonorblue22 The NCAA isn’t a court of law though and they only need enough circumstantial evidence to suspect something happened to issue a punishment.



  • @wissox But…they’re a NIKE school, and there are two sets of rules. One for NIKE, and the other for ADIDAS…



  • @Crimsonorblue22 i don’t care what he thinks during the games, and I certainly don’t care what he thinks about Silvio.



  • @jayhawkcsg The NCAA statement quoted in the LJW article says exactly what you suspected: the punishment for accepting improper inducements starts at permanent ineligibility and can be reduced from there.

    The two year ban for SDS says that the NCAA considered the facts as almost bad enough for a permanent ban. It really should not surprise anyone because his guardian was involved in what had to be a slew of transactions to accomplish the several payments and the planned repayment.

    I hate their approach of not seeming to care whether Silvio benefitted personally, but this is vastly different from accepting gifts or a training trip or the crap Selby got 9 games for. It involved, if the charges are accurate, not one but two schemes to “pay for play” at 2 different schools. The alleged booster was working to get SDS to KU instead of UMd.

    Protecting the eligibility rules is obviously the highest priority of the NCAA–lower schools would scream bloody murder if tens of thousands of dollars were allowed to purchase an athlete’s switch in attendance from a “lower school” to a blue blood and all he had to do to get away with it was to send out the 3 monkey emojis.

    The fact is, we all hated the safety net of convenient ignorance that protected Cam Newton. So the NCAA got rid of that precedent. Now we don’t like the consequences.

    Haste makes waste, and our desperation to get SDS eligible at midyear may have hindered KU"s due diligence here. I hope it was an excusable oversight, but as it is, labelling the Adidas guy a KU booster means, I believe, that we may be toast.

    As to all the whining about UAz and Zion, give it a rest and stop blinding yourself. UAz was a rumor based on unsubstantiated claims of a leaked tape. No direct evidence, as was essentially the case with the Zion family demand revealed (allegedly) by KT (whose failure to back away from recruiting ZW after that is possibly damning in itself).

    I wish people would not be so anxious to point fingers based on suspicion and conjecture. KU has long been the butt of speculative jokes about how we must pay urban elites to come out to farm country to a good, but by no means elite, school. Those accusations have infuriated me. Now we see there may be some shadiness after all, and it is scary. But no excuse to act batshit crazy whining that “Johnny didn’t get an 8th hour” like our guy did.

    Stand up, face up, take it like adults.



  • @mayjay Any precedents for a two-year suspension in this situation?



  • @mayjay I thought the 20$ was to pay the Maryland booster back. I also thought KU said when we filed paper work that ncaa had agreed the 20$ had not been proven.



  • Mason and dg aren’t exactly urban elites, and Lawrence isn’t exactly farm country. Sorry that bothers you.



  • @DanR The best precedent I see was Bowen, who tried to get them to do his as basically a one year ban. He was made inactive before ever playing for UL, and transferred to SC in January that year. SC tried to get him ruled eligible after the standard two semester period for transfers (i.e., at midseason his soph yearl – essentially trying to get credit for not playing his freshman year. The NCAA said being held out wouldn’t matter, and he would be out his full soph year. So he entered the draft after freshman year after all.

    The Bowen case seems really close in severity given that his total time sitting after eligibility concerns were raised would have been exactly the same as SDS–2 years bench time. SDS, of course, actually played his freshman year, which I think greatly hurts his case.



  • Wasn’t Selby paid like $6000 and only had to sit out for 9 games? Silvio’s guardian was paid $2500 and he has to sit for 2 years? I’m all for playing by the rules, I just wish that the rules were consistent and imposed on every D1 school, including the Nike schools.

    I feel bad for Silvio. I wish him all the best going forward.



  • @mayjay as I recall, the NCAA cleared Silvio to play last year.



  • So they didn’t do their job



  • And that’s where this fold up in court like a tent on the NCAA. They can’t be a clearinghouse and enforcer at the same time



  • @Crimsonorblue22 Yes, let’s snipe at people on this board who say things that make us uncomfortable.

    I heard no rumors about Mason or DG or other hidden diamonds. I have, however, encountered many accusations about claims of KU illegal recruiting going back to Philadelphia native Wilt. I remember comments about Mario’s dad, and then there is Danny. Let’s see–do you buy Shady’s dream? Few people outside KU do. The Morii? I remember all types of comments. For virtuslly every top recruit we have had. Remember a car accident last year we thought saved our bacon?

    I am not saying I believe that stuff–only that we cannot defend ourselves successfully by crying a river about equally unproven accusations.



  • @HighEliteMajor The trouble is for me is that several Nike schools were listed reports including Dook. They have tapped conversations of what Zion wanted and his mom is in a huge house all the sudden. But the neither the FBI or NCAA has the balls to take on Coach K or Nike. That much seems blatantly obvious at this point. At this point we need to drop Adidas and go with Nike that way we can get the classes that UK and Dook do every year.



  • @DanR The initial eligibilty determination has nothing to do with information subsequently received. Now, if SDS or his guardian ever informed the NCAA about the guardian’s shitty discharge of his fiduciary duties, that could be a good basis for an appeal!

    Anyway, ask Rose and UMemphis about whether a school can ride an initial clearance into clear skies.



  • @mayjay never mind my questions. If you’re going back to wilt then I’m out of my league



  • @DanR My point was that other people have long said those things, and I was responding to someone else who brought up our recent AA’s as if that disproved my comment that KU haters say stuff.


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