Mario Kinsey, a freshman guard, will not be a member of the Kansas University men's basketball team for the remainder of the season, Coach Roy Williams announced Thursday.
"Mario struggled academically first semester, and has continued to perform below expectations in the classroom," Williams said in a prepared statement.
"After discussing the situation with (KU football coach) Terry Allen and Mario, it was decided that stopping his basketball participation was necessary. Mario will now have more time to devote to his academics and this will allow his body to rest before the start of spring football."
Kinsey, a 6-2 native of Waco, Texas, is on a KU football scholarship. He red-shirted his freshman season in football and joined the basketball teach at the start of practice on Oct. 15.
Kinsey played in 16 of KU's 23 games, averaging 1.9 points and 0.6 rebounds in 8.8 minutes per game.
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