KU Star Darrell Arthur's Eligibility Questioned

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ A report that Kansas basketball star
Darrell Arthur may have been ineligible to play at his Dallas high
school has fueled speculation about whether he should have ever
played for the national champion Jayhawks.

His former math teacher at South Oak Cliff HIgh School, told
WFAA-TV in Dallas that Arthur's grades were improperly altered to
show he passed math when he hadn't.

James Mays, Arthur's basketball coach, told the Lawrence-Journal
World that the report was ``totally ludicrous.'' He said one of
Arthur's grades was changed due to teacher error.

The 6-foot-9 Kansas sophomore was key Kansas' road to the
national championship, finishing second in scoring at 12.8 points a
game and second in rebounding. He had 20 points and 10 rebounds in
Kansas' national title win against Memphis.

Arthur has applied for early entry into the NBA draft.

The NCAA did not immediately return a phone call today from The
Associated Press. A message also was left with the Dallas
Independent School District and a secretary at his former high
school said no one was available for comment.

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KU associate athletic director for external affairs Jim
Marchiony said he believes that the investigation into Arthur will
not affect the school's basketball program. He said that because
the NCAA declared Arthur eligible, Kansas would not have known
about any grading problems in high school.


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