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Jacob Pullen, Curtis Kelly suspended from K-State basketball team for receiving impermissible benefits

December 22, 2010

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— Preseason All-America guard Jacob Pullen, who had made 82 consecutive starts for No. 11 Kansas State, was suspended by the NCAA for three games just before the Wildcats’ game against UNLV on Tuesday night.

In a statement, the school said Pullen and senior forward Curtis Kelly were being punished for receiving impermissible benefits in connection with the purchase of clothing at a local department store.

It said the length of Kelly’s suspension had not been determined by the NCAA’s student-athlete reinstatement staff.

Pullen and Kelly are the two top scorers for Kansas State (9-3). Their loss is certain to weaken the Wildcats significantly. Pullen, a four-year starting guard, will also miss games against Missouri-Kansas City and North Florida.

“These young men have worked hard to represent themselves and Kansas State in a positive manner,” coach Frank Martin said in a statement. “Having said that, they made a mistake in judgment and have to pay a price for that.”

Pullen is the Wildcats’ team leader and preseason choice as Big 12 player of the year.

He’s averaging 16.5 points and 3.8 assists and is the first Kansas State player selected to the preseason All-America team. He had played in 115 games and is a three-time team captain.

Kelly is averaging 10.3 points and four rebounds.

Comments

KEITHMILES05 3 years, 12 months ago

Dumb and dumber senior leaders for the team. Too funny.

tanaumaga 3 years, 12 months ago

wow, sounds like they're K.U. elegible.

CLARKKENT 3 years, 12 months ago

THE KIDS WERE STUPID FOR WHAT THEY DID, AND THEY DID KNOW BETTER. THE CLOTHING COMPANY WAS ALSO STUPID FOR WHAT THEY DID. IF I HAD ANY SAY AT ALL AT KANSAS STATE, I WOULD BAN THAT COMPANY FROM SETTING FOOT ON THE CAMPUS, IN ANY FORM, FOR A VERY LONG TIME. JUST SO SAD THAT THERE IS SO MUCH DUMB IN COLLEGE SPORTS.

countrygirl 3 years, 12 months ago

Not the brightest decision they ever made, but young people don't always make the best decisions. Before you cast stones, remember that Selby had to sit out a while for violations. Hope they all learn from it.

mom_of_three 3 years, 12 months ago

Selby's violations were prior to his college career, and from what I understand, he didn't have much to do with it. Wasn't it something to do with his AAU team, and receiving meals and clothing from a parent and family friend, who happened to be an agent or something.

jonas_opines 3 years, 12 months ago

Has anyone ever considered that the dumb in college sports stems maybe far more from the NCAA and their stupid rules than from the players themselves?

Richard Heckler 3 years, 12 months ago

Gee what else might come out of the ticket scandal?

Probably some fine upstanding academic students could use a clothing allowance and would not need to be a back door deal.

Ricky_Vaughn 3 years, 12 months ago

Smooth move, Jake, Curtis. What an embarrassment for KSU...

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