Entering summer camp, Kansas expected Kevin Short to be one of its starters at the cornerback position. Entering the third weekend of 2013, the Jayhawks now know that won’t happen at all this season.
Head coach Charlie Weis announced via a statement Friday morning that Short has been declared ineligible by the NCAA. As a result, the JUCO transfer will sit the remainder of the 2013 and take a redshirt for the year.
Short will have two years of eligibility remaining starting ion 2014.
Exactly why Short was declared ineligible is unclear. The Lawrence Journal-World wrote “Short’s grades were not the issue here” and that the corner “had passed his necessary classes and been accepted and cleared to enroll at KU.” In his statement, Weis was quoted as saying the NCAA’s “rationale was that because Kevin has a redshirt year available it would be best spent solidifying his academics.” What the hell exactly that means on the NCAA’s end is decidedly unknown.
Suffice to say, Weis and the football program were not pleased in any way, shape or form with The Association’s decision.
“We are extremely disappointed with this decision,” the coach said. “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.”
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