Report: KU could ask NCAA to reinstate De Sousa

Kansas' Silvio De Sousa celebrates by cutting down the net after defeating Duke in a regional final game in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament Sunday, March 25, 2018, in Omaha, Neb. Kansas won 85-81 in overtime. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
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LAWRENCE, Kan. (WIBW) -- According to a report by Seth Davis of the Athletic, multiple sources confirmed that Kansas will "formally acknowledge to the NCAA that a violation took place, declare Silvio De Sousa ineligible and ask for his immediate reinstatement."

The trouble stems from the federal corruption case after the FBI investigated multiple facets of recruiting in college basketball.

Adidas consultant TJ Gassnola testified in the case that he gave De Sousa's guardian $2,500 so that the forward could enroll at KU and begin taking online classes.

The Jayhawk basketball program has withheld De Sousa for all 16 games this season, but never confirmed if the NCAA had begun reviewing his eligibility after the claim.

However, according to an NCAA response to the Lawrence Journal-World, "NCAA rules require KU to first rule the player ineligible, then submit a request for reinstatement before the NCAA can even begin to review the case."

If this is accurate, as well as Davis' report, it would mean the NCAA hasn't formally been reviewing De Sousa's case all this time.

According to Davis, the NCAA's punishment for receiving an improper benefit of $2,500 would be a suspension for about 30 percent of a team's games. By acknowledging the infraction, Kansas could argue that De Sousa has completed the necessary penalty by already missing more than half of the regular season.

There is one catch, though.

Since De Sousa's alleged improper payment would have occured before he enrolled at KU, the NCAA could instead rule he was ineligible before sitting out the 16 games, meaning the sophomore forward would still have to sit.

It also could mean Kansas' run to the Final Four last March could be vacated.

All of this comes after the program announced Udoka Azubuike would be out for the remainder of the season with a hand injury, and seems to be in an effort to retain some frontcourt depth.

Since the start of the season, De Sousa has been practicing with the team and attending classes.