The NCAA has ordered Silvio De Sousa to sit out the remainder of the 2018-2019 season as well as the 2019-2020 season due to the discovery that his guardian received payment from an agent and a university booster.
The NCAA released the decision Friday.
“In my 30-plus years of coaching college basketball, I have never witnessed such a mean-spirited and vindictive punishment against a young man who did nothing wrong,” said KU basketball head coach BIll Self following the announcement. “To take away his opportunity to play college basketball is shameful and a failure of the NCAA. Silvio is a tremendous young man who absolutely deserves to be on the court with his teammates in a Jayhawk uniform. This process took way too long to address these issues. We will support Silvio as he considers his options.”
KU Athletic Director Jeff Long was also shocked by the decision.
“…We will immediately appeal as this was clearly an unfair and punitive ruling for a young man who had no knowledge of any NCAA violation, nor did Silvio personally benefit from the violation,” said Jeff Long. “While we will continue to work with the NCAA on the broader matter, we have an obligation and a desire to advocate for our student-athletes, and will continue to do that for an outstanding young man.”