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KU’s Kinsey undergoes leg surgery

Freshman two-sport standout expected to miss 2-4 weeks of basketball

October 19, 2000

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Kansas University football/basketball player Mario Kinsey will put his hoop dreams on hold a couple weeks.

Kinsey, a 6-foot-2 frosh scholarship quarterback/receiver who joined the basketball team for the opening of workouts at Late Night With Roy Williams, had surgery on his lower right leg Tuesday night.

Dr. Ken Wertzberger performed a procedure to correct what is known as Anterior Compartment Syndrome a condition which is the result of an abundance of exercise and stress on the leg.

Kinsey, who is on crutches after going unscratched through five weeks of football season, is expected to miss two to four weeks of basketball.

"We have confirmation that basketball is more physical than football," KU football coach Terry Allen quipped on Wednesday.

He was able to smile after receiving word the operation was successful and the Waco, Texas, native will be back on the hardwood soon.

"The medical people were just really on it. In these situations, if you don't catch it soon enough, it can be very, very scary," Allen noted. "I've been told guys have ended up with club foot because of the blood flow that gets shut off to the muscles."

That won't happen to hoops walk-on Kinsey because his blood flow problem which caused him a lot of pain at practice Tuesday has been corrected.

"Any time you have surgery, I don't think it's good, but I'm sure he'll be fine," Allen said. "I'm disappointed for him because he's a guy that's so competitive, he wants to be practicing either one of the sports. To actually leave the football field which is perceived as a little more dangerous and have surgery off an injury on the basketball court I'm sure is frustrating."

The injury didn't come from a specific bump at practice.

"Running up and down the court ... the pace was more than his shins could stand," KU coach Roy Williams said.

"It's a situation where pressure builds up. It's more painful than a shin splint, but similar to that," Allen indicated "Basketball conditioning is completely different from football conditioning.

"I think Mario as competitive as he is wanted to show he was in pretty good condition. I know the change in direction the wear and tear on the lower part of the legs on the basketball court is a lot different than on the football field.

"I'm disappointed for Mario but he's going to be out there again soon."

Kinsey made some pin-point passes at Late Night With Roy Williams and has shown strong dribbling skills at practice while running the break.

"We're disappointed this has happened to Mario," Williams said. "He was doing very well in practice and has shown that he can help the team. I'm really pleased the way he came out on the court.

"We will be very conservative with him when he gets back. Again, we're just very disappointed for Mario and very disappointed for the team."

The plan is still for Kinsey to play two sports at KU. That's what he wants to do.

"Are we concerned about the physical make up of Mario playing two sports? Sure we are," Allen said. "We're more concerned about the academic success you can have with the time allotment of football and basketball."

Coincidentally, former-Jayhawk Mark Randall made a quick comeback from Compartment Syndrome caused in basketball by the stress of ones legs pounding the hardwood. Frosh football defensive back Tony Stubbs had the surgery this season as well.

KU plays its first exhibition game Nov. 1 versus the California All-Stars. The regular season opens Nov. 9 versus UCLA at the Coaches V. Cancer Classic in New York.

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