Archive for Thursday, May 15, 2008

Dallas TV station to report Darrell Arthur allegedly may have benefited from academic improprieties in high school

May 15, 2008


Dallas television station WFAA is teasing a story set to air at 10 p.m. tonight about a former South Oak Cliff athlete -- presumably KU basketball player Darrell Arthur -- who may have benefited from improprieties in high school that helped him qualify for a college scholarship.

"Some say he should've never even made it out of high school," the teaser says, presumably about Arthur.

The station, an ABC affiliate, talked to a former teacher for the story.

If anything improper was done academically while Arthur was at South Oak Cliff, KU is not expected to be impacted. Arthur was declared eligible by the NCAA in 2006 before enrolling at Kansas.

KU associate athletic director Jim Marchiony said the athletic department was aware of the story. South Oak Cliff's state title in basketball in 2006 -- Arthur's senior year -- already has been forfeited due to the use of an ineligible player. The Dallas ISD has conducted an ongoing investigation, Marchiony said.

"Until they finish and come up with some facts," Marchiony said, "we can't say anything."

To view WFAA's teaser, click here.


Steve Jacob 9 years, 11 months ago

Picking up players that took money or cheated getting passing grades in high school sure does not help KU reputation. But let's see the story first.

GladImGone 9 years, 11 months ago

Shocked I tell ya! Who'd have thunk it, a top tier basketball prospect receiving extra benefits....

road_Runner 9 years, 11 months ago

That really is a shame to hear about DA's high school and those who altered the grades should be held accountable. It still doesn't change the fact that the NCAA Clearinghouse approved DA's scholarship eligibility, therefore the fault falls on the NCAA, not KU.

notajayhawk 9 years, 11 months ago

I don't see how this can affect KU for the time Arthur played. If the NCAA declared him eligible, how can they change their minds, declare him ineligible, and penalize KU retroactively? Especially if there's nothing to suggest KU knew or even could have known?However, if there's even a hint of truth about the allegations, it's a safe bet Arthur will be hiring an agent soon, since his college days will be over.

gerbilsniper 9 years, 11 months ago

"Moonbat (Anonymous) says:Well if he "should've never made it out of high school" I wonder how he was able to sustain academic eligibility through two years of college?"--------------------------------------------------------------------Man..i could tell you stories...

bigreed 9 years, 11 months ago

The NCAA Clearinghouse investigated DA (as they do all student athletes) and cleared him to play college basketball. Regardless of what happened, he was eligible to play college basketball because the Clearinghouse said he was. KU is not responsible once the NCAA rules on a kid. Weird story though.

road_Runner 9 years, 11 months ago

Whoops! Bigred already pointed out everything I said in the above post...

pimp11 9 years, 11 months ago

I am sure KU didnt know about this so called cheating. Cant wait until the Mizzery posters get on!

Moonbat 9 years, 11 months ago

Well if he "should've never made it out of high school" I wonder how he was able to sustain academic eligibility through two years of college?I bet this kind of thing is happening more than we'll ever know, since the NBA doesn't take kids right out of high school anymore.

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