Kansas coach Bill Self ripped the NCAA in a strong, pointed statement Friday after its decision to hand sophomore forward Silvio De Sousa a suspension for the entire 2018-19 and 2019-2020 seasons.
"In my 30-plus years of coaching college basketball, I have never witnessed such a mean-spirited and vindictive punishment against a young man who did nothing wrong," Self said in his statement. "To take away his opportunity to play college basketball is shameful and a failure of the NCAA. Silvio is a tremendous young man who absolutely deserves to be on the court with his teammates in a Jayhawk uniform. This process took way too long to address these issues. We will support Silvio as he considers his options."
The ruling stems from the alleged involvement of De Sousa's guardian, Fenny Falmagne, who benefitted financially during his recruitment. It is not known if De Sousa had any knowledge of any behind-the-scenes transactions that allegedly took place.