LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) _ The NCAA has ruled that Kansas cornerback Kevin Short is academically ineligible and will have to redshirt this season.
Short, a transfer from Fort Scott Community College, started fall camp late after completing his academic work. He was listed as co-starter but was held out of Kansas' season opening win against South Dakota.
Kansas coach Charlie Weis said Friday that he was ``extremely disappointed'' with the NCAA's decision that because Short had a redshirt year available, he should spend it improving his academics.
Weis said Short's junior college transcript gave no indication that Short would not be a successful student, and his grades and transferable hours exceeded entrance requirements. Short, an NJCAA All-American at Fort Scott, will have two years of eligibility remaining after this season.
“Late yesterday we received notice from the NCAA that Kevin Short (junior, cornerback) would not be allowed to compete in games this year. Their rationale was that because Kevin has a redshirt year available it would be best spent solidifying his academics. He will still have two years of eligibility remaining after this season.”
“We are extremely disappointed with this decision. Kevin’s junior college transcript was better than most and indicated no reason to expect anything other than academic success. He was admitted to Kansas as a regular admit with grades and transferable hours exceeding entrance requirements, yet the NCAA ruled to take away competition this year. We asked the NCAA representatives to allow Kevin to speak to them so he could show them how he had overcome adversity in life to become a proud new student, but they rejected that request.”
“Although I am disappointed for our team, I am much more concerned for Kevin personally. We discussed the situation with Kevin today and although it was tough to explain the rationale of the NCAA, we are moving forward turning this into a redshirt year focusing on academics.”