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NCAA Rules Kansas’ Silvio De Sousa Eligible for 2019-20 Season

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Steven Branscombe | USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas basketball program continues to successfully skate by on thin ice.

Center Silvio De Sousa missed the entire 2018-19 season after allegations of improper benefits surfaced in the preseason. The NCAA handed down a two-year suspension in February, “because his guardian received payment from a university booster and agent and agreed to receive additional funds from the same person.” That decision did not last for long.

Just a few hours after the NCAA heard Kansas’ formal appeal for reinstatement Friday afternoon, the NCAA agreed to lift the second year of De Sousa’s ban.


The 6’9″ 250-pound post averaged only 4.0 points, 3.7 rebounds and 0.2 blocks in 20 games as a true freshman, but he’ll provide much more than that this fall. Playing alongside Udoka Azubuike, Kansas now has depth in the post. If Devon Dotson returns and R.J. Hampton enters the fold, they’ll be a preseason top five team.

Even when Bill Self’s players get caught cheating, he finds a way to get away with it.



Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

11 Comments for NCAA Rules Kansas’ Silvio De Sousa Eligible for 2019-20 Season

  1. runningunnin.454
    2:18 pm May 24, 2019 Permalink

    Unfathomable how the ncaa can consistently reveal their arbitrary nature and total autocratic lack of reason.
    The Big12 teams should refuse to play them; obviously the fix is in.

    • JLP
      2:46 pm May 24, 2019 Permalink

      Just incredible. Blatant payoff & he still can play. It would at least make sense to drop the second year suspension but allow him to only play for any school NOT named Kansas. Where was the leniency for Enes Kantor?

  2. Smyrna_Cat
    2:34 pm May 24, 2019 Permalink

    NCAA – consistency at its best!!!

    • runningunnin.454
      3:21 pm May 24, 2019 Permalink

      Here’s some more consistency for you; Mark Emmert received a 60 percent raise last year.

    • Smyrna_Cat
      3:35 pm May 24, 2019 Permalink

      Gotta love that.

    • 4everUKblue
      3:37 pm May 24, 2019 Permalink

      It was Emmert who wouldn’t let Enes Kanter play for UK but it’s ok for Self and KU. Had Kanter stayed a Washington, Emmert’s alma mater and where he had been president, Kanter would have played for certain. Then there’s the Marvin Bagley III saga, no problem there even thought that was as shady as it gets.

  3. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    2:34 pm May 24, 2019 Permalink

    All the teams not named Duke, UNC, and KU need to simply stop being members of and eventually sue the NCAA. The conference’s need to agree to not play the NCAACC and pick their own representatives at tourney games.

  4. RealCatsFan
    3:07 pm May 24, 2019 Permalink

    Self must have some kind of weird force field emanating from under that hairpiece.

  5. RealCatsFan
    3:08 pm May 24, 2019 Permalink

    I think all the other schools should just agree that from here on out they will just blatantly cheat their asses off and collectively tell the NCAA to GFTS. After all, unless you are University-Six, isn’t that basically what is happening now?

  6. TonyMontana
    3:24 pm May 24, 2019 Permalink

    ‘Kansas’ Head coach knew of and asked for a payment to be made to Silvio de Sousa’s handler. ‘Coach Self and Coach Townsend knew of and asked Adidas to make this payment to Fenny.’ -Michael Schacter, Jim Gatto’s attorney

    At this point with all of the testimony and documents… I dont know how in the hell Kansas & Arizona have avoided serious ramifications.

  7. ClutchCargo
    5:21 pm May 24, 2019 Permalink

    Unfrigginbelievable. How is he eligible to ever play at KU?