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NCAA clears Josh Selby to play for KU starting Dec. 18

Freshman must first serve suspension, pay $4,600 to charity

Kansas freshman guard Josh Selby has been cleared for play by the NCAA. The news was announced Friday following KU’s 93-60 win over North Texas, a victory that helped extend a streak matching the longest home win streak in Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas freshman guard Josh Selby has been cleared for play by the NCAA. The news was announced Friday following KU’s 93-60 win over North Texas, a victory that helped extend a streak matching the longest home win streak in Allen Fieldhouse.

November 20, 2010


Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews

Josh Selby and Bill Self

KU freshman Josh Selby and KU coach Bill Self answer questions about the NCAA's ruling on Selby following KU's 93-60 victory over North Texas on Nov. 19, 2010.

NCAA rules on Josh Selby

Josh Selby addressed the media on the NCAA's ruling after Kansas' win over Friday, November 19, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas University’s basketball fans chanted, “We want Selby, we want Selby,” with just over 13 minutes left in the Jayhawks’ rout of North Texas on Friday night in Allen Fieldhouse.

Their wish has been granted.

Josh Selby, KU’s 6-foot-2 freshman guard from Baltimore, who has missed two exhibition games and the first three games of the regular season, will make his collegiate debut against Southern California on Dec. 18 in Allen Fieldhouse.

After months of investigating and deliberating, the NCAA student-athlete reinstatement staff ruled Friday that Selby must miss nine regular-season games for accepting impermissible benefits prior to his signing an athletics aid agreement at KU.

The benefits include clothes, transportation, meals and lodging for Selby and his family. The university and the NCAA have determined that the value of these benefits is $4,607.58. Selby must pay back that money to a charity of his choice.

Family friend

The NCAA said that even when the source of the benefits is a long-time family acquaintance when the student-athlete was a childhood acquaintance of the source’s son, or when the source is a mentor of the student-athlete, the receipt of benefits is impermissible.

The source of the benefits, the family has said in the past, is Robert Frazier, a former classmate of Selby’s mom, Maeshon Witherspoon, and business manager of NBA player Carmelo Anthony. Frazier, at Witherspoon’s request, assisted the Selbys during recruiting and he accompanied Selby on visits to some schools, including KU.

“I think it’s a fair ruling, yes I do,” KU coach Bill Self said after Friday’s game. He learned of the NCAA’s decision before shootaround on Friday afternoon and told both Selby and Witherspoon at that time. “I think it’s a fair ruling because the rules are black and white — 30 percent of games (when impermissible benefits are over $1,000), and that’s 30 percent.

“It’s not one (ruling) that anyone is overly excited about, but it’s very fair and certainly understandable,” Self added. “He is kind of a victim of circumstance, to be quite honest. We do have rules and it’s pretty clear how the rules read, but if you’re a 17-year-old out there and nobody tells you these things, you could easily get caught up in the same thing. Even though there was no ill intent by Josh and his family, we and they understand there are consequences if rules are violated.

“Hopefully he can be an example for other youngsters out there moving forward. He’s disappointed that it’s that many games, but he’s excited to know that he will be in a Kansas uniform before too long.”

Selby will not appeal the ruling.

Asked whether he thought it was fair, Selby said: “That’s not for me to comment on because the NCAA will do what they want to regardless. I’m just happy it’s not the entire year because it could have been worse than what it is.”

Selby said he didn’t do anything wrong because he didn’t know accepting benefits from a family friend was against the rules.

“I’m happy I got everything over with the NCAA. I did nothing wrong. They made that decision. We have to follow some rules,” Selby said. “I’m just happy it didn’t turn out in the same situation as Enes Kanter (ineligible Kentucky player), missing the whole season. I’m happy to be back out there with my team.

“Even though I’m disappointed I have to miss nine games, I’m happy that I know when I can be on the court with my teammates. I’m looking forward to helping my team win another conference championship.”

‘Held accountable’

In a release, the NCAA said the staff’s decision is “consistent with student-athlete reinstatement committee guidelines, which start at a 30 percent withholding from games for a student-athlete who receives impermissible benefits valued at more than $1,000. Impermissible benefits are those benefits provided to an individual based on their status as an athlete, unless other NCAA rules permit the benefit in question.”

“Our members have made it clear that student-athletes who receive impermissible benefits must be held accountable,” stated Kevin Lennon, NCAA vice president for academic and membership affairs.

KU interim Athletic Director Sean Lester spoke with NCAA members extensively during the past few months.

“I’m happy for Josh and his family that they can put this behind them,” Lester said. “This process had several moving parts, the first one being academics. Once that was addressed, we and the NCAA moved to the eligibility aspect. We knew it would take time, and we appreciate our partnership with the NCAA and our constant communication during this process.”

The bottom line is Selby, who is practicing, will be ready to play against USC. Asked of the fans’ chant and desire to see him play ball, he said: “It made me feel loved.”

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Don Whiteley 7 years, 6 months ago

Glad Josh finally got cleared, but you have to wonder about the fans attending the KU games. This team may not have played any worthwhile competition yet, but this team has been beating every opponent by more than 30 points; that's significant. Last year's team couldn't do that. They expected to walk on the court and command the little team to lie down and pee their pants. Led by Dr. Clank (Collins), their inability to take care of the little guy cost them a chance at the national championship. So when we now have a team that's taking care of business, we have fans chanting for Selby? How could you possibly give the current players a bigger slap across the face? Let's not forget the most important aspect of basketball: team dynamics; something last year's team didn't have either. Will adding Selby change the magic they have right now? Let's be glad for what we have and a little careful about changing a winning lineup.

amesn 7 years, 6 months ago

I totally agree. Dick Vitale made me a little angry by moving us up several spots in rankings with the addition of Selby but I think these guys have proved very well thus far they can get it done with or without him. Last years team wasn't much of a team at time but rather the Sherron show and when he sucked they sucked. Marcus didn't show up much until the second half but we were still up by a good margin going into the 2nd half so I don't feel like this year we will be dependant on one guy to make it happen...and most thought that guy would have to be Selby but so far we are doing just fine without him! I have a much better feeling about this year's team than I did last year and my gut instinct has proven to be very correct. Had a good feeling in 08' too!

ralphralph 7 years, 6 months ago

Starting your career on "personal probation" ... a new KU Tradition. (also, The 2/3-Season Career ... another new KU Tradition)

Too bad KU feels compelled to reach this deep into the ooze to justify its program.

Rock, Chalk, ... whatever ...

Brian Conrad 7 years, 6 months ago

big b idiot .. this is impossible to avoid.. in high school even jr high since the invention of sports, gifted / stars have been treated better by everyone including you if you remember high school. just as the prettiest girls were treated better and received more gifts .. it is what it is and always has been. drink the wine and shut up about sour grapes

Brian Conrad 7 years, 6 months ago

lets see KSU brings in Huggins , who could care less about NCAA rules. KSU gets better, then KSU fans get on KU pages acting so perfect... laughable .. KSU reached so far below the deep ooze.. and guess what , as a KU fan I love it ...finally a rivalry.. no rivalry if you pound a team every time.. oops guess KU did beat KSU 3 time last year and only one loss in decade. really is NO rivalry.. bring it on .. another year of misery for little bittie apple and ole mizzou actually think MU will finish ahead of KSU

UnderCoverBrother 7 years, 6 months ago

Man, get rid of the school any everything would be stroken cool for the brother.

notanoobhere 7 years, 6 months ago

was english? ebonics is not a language its laziness. Any "brother" who has completed school and moved through any profession at all, sports or otherwise, do not talk like lazy morons.

Gregory Newman 7 years, 6 months ago

the best thing that i heard. its a crying shame a person has to sever ties with a childhood friend (mother) so her son can play in the National Communist Athletic Assoc

MasterShake 7 years, 6 months ago

Them be shakin' in Columbia and Manhattan at this news.

Jock Navels 7 years, 6 months ago

and where does this young lad, who can't have a job because of ncaa rules, come up with the 5 large to pay the fine? can he borrow it from frazier?

TheYetiSpeaks 7 years, 6 months ago

I'm sure there are many banks who would give him the loan on the collateral of his body and the certain money he will be making next year.

Steve Miller 7 years, 6 months ago

don't worry, it'll be taken care of, and no one will know the difference. he's covered, i assure you.

independent_rebel 7 years, 6 months ago

Yes, this is what college basketball has become, thanks to the NCAA and the NBA. They need to cooperate (yeah, right) and change the rules to that of NCAA baseball. If you go to college you can not enter the NBA draft until you finish three years of college...or until the class you would have been in if your started college but then dropped out has been in college three years.

Sure, a lot of kids will head to Europe for a year or two, perhaps, but this one-and-done is a joke. Do you believe these kids attend classes in the spring, or make much of an effort in class? Don't believe it.

Brian Conrad 7 years, 6 months ago

NCAA make billions off these kids... but oh no they get some free shoes.. big no no.. TV , shirts... on and on with these kids numbers .. rake in the dough.. do the kids get 1% of the revenue made off them by the NCAA or the universities???? 4 grand are you joking .. billions and billions NCAA ... then Reggie Bush gets over hundred grand and USC still has the wins in books and trophy.. Kentucky gets the death penalty and involved in point shaving and still home court record still on the books... hypocrite as always NCAA

Shardwurm 7 years, 6 months ago

Seems like a perfect match for The Univer$ity of Kan$a$ Yankee$.

notanoobhere 7 years, 6 months ago

AWWW poor little kstater had some piss in his cheerios. Just a bunch of haters to the west.

Brian Conrad 7 years, 6 months ago

come on KSU fans ... you really can say with straight face that Huggins did not pay Beasly and Walker??? K$U wildkitties paid waaaaaay more than 5 grand for these young lads.

TheYetiSpeaks 7 years, 6 months ago

"Is this what college basketball has come to?"

Yes. The NBA's rule of not letting 18 year olds in has certainly impacted the college level in a bad way. To me the disturbing thing here is that the NCAA doesn't expect student-athletes from poor backgrounds to take gifts(help) in the form of "clothes, transportation, meals, and lodging."...which is fine if you're Brady Morningstar. The NCAA wants to stop the corruption of their games but instead has just found more ways to penalize athletes from poorer backgrounds. From Prop 48 to now, it's the NCAA's grand legacy.

TheYetiSpeaks 7 years, 6 months ago

Hmmmmm, perhaps you should read carefully next time, Corky. Not everything is about race. Certainly Mr. Morningstar is an athlete. I was simply alluding to him being from a middle class background and as such probably wasn't in need of clothes, food, etc. As someone from a lower class background. Relax.

Brian Conrad 7 years, 6 months ago

the handout is to the NCAA !!!! they are going to get paid back for using these kids making money on them , then turn around and punish them for 5 grand??? shoes ? transportation? like they should walk???
here comes payback NCAA lawsuits below.. O'Bannon's lawsuit, which includes 11 other former student-athletes, seeks a share of the money the NCAA earns from licensing former players' images in commercials, DVDs and video games, among other things. Keller's suit is more focused on the NCAA's deal with Electronic Arts Inc., which makes basketball and football video games based on college players' images.

jackpot 7 years, 6 months ago

So last night he owed 5,700 this morning 4,600. Who paid 1,100 over night? The NCAA statement last night was 57 now 46?

Mo Meza 7 years, 6 months ago

To the KU fans being sarcastic about the opportunity given to this kid because of his talent, what you need to do is support our university and sport disciplines. Isn't enough to have the KSU and MU fans being negative to anything good KU accomplishes? Let the sarcasm to them. We need to celebrate the success of our KU basketball program.

pizzapete 7 years, 6 months ago

I for one am very eager to see Shelby play. It's about time they sorted this out.

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