KU not in Carrier Classic
The Associated Press on Friday incorrectly listed KU as a possible opponent for Connecticut in the second-annual Carrier Classic basketball game set for Nov. 11 (Veterans Day), 2012, aboard an aircraft carrier in San Diego Bay.
The director of the Morale Entertainment Foundation had said Friday that the Huskies’ foe would be either KU, Texas, Florida, Arizona or Illinois.
“We told them two months ago we couldn’t play,” said Larry Keating, KU’s special assistant to the athletic director, who is in charge of scheduling. “We didn’t want to play Connecticut in San Diego and Michigan State two days later in Atlanta (Champions Classic), then go to the 76 Classic four days later in Anaheim (Calif.). It would have been 6,000 miles in travel.”
Keating said KU would not be able to consider any offer to play in the Carrier Classic until 2014.
KU will play in the eight-team 76 Classic at the Convention Center in Anaheim in 2012, the eight-team Battle for Atlantis Tournament during Thanksgiving week of 2013 in the Atlantis Resort in Paradise Island, Bahamas and CBE Tournament in 2014 in Kansas City, Mo. The Jayhawks are tentatively scheduled to return to the Maui Invitational in 2015. KU will play Duke in 2013 in Chicago in the Champions Classic.
“We would like to play in the game, we just don’t have a place for it on the schedule right now,” Keating said of the Carrier Classic.
No word on Anderson
There was no word from the NCAA on Friday regarding the eligibility of Braeden Anderson, KU’s freshman forward from Canada, who has not been cleared academically to be on scholarship.
Freshmen Ben McLemore and Jamari Traylor were cleared to be on scholarship on Thursday and attended classes on Thursday and Friday.
Kansas coach Bill Self and KU assistant coach Danny Manning conducted an in-home visit on Friday night with the family of Perry Ellis, a 6-foot-8 senior forward out of Wichita Heights who has a final list of KU, Kentucky, Kansas State and Wichita State. Ellis’ mom, Fonda, said in a text message that the family had a “great” time.