Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Diallo Decision Difficult to Discern ; Haskin: Self Gets Fired Up about Delay

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Diallo Decision Difficult to Discern ; Haskin: Self Gets Fired Up about Delay

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The lengthy delay initiated a chant, which began at Allen Fieldhouse but grew louder on the tranquil beaches of Hawaii.

"Free Diallo" reverberated inside tiny Lahaina Civic Center, with its iconic murals outside tropical island terrain, to summon support for a freshman attempting to gain his basketball eligibility at Kansas.

As if the case for Cheick Diallo had not already generated enough attention without it being trumpeted at the best of college basketball's early-season tournaments, the Maui Invitational.

Finally, the NCAA announced Wednesday that the 6-foot-9 freshman forward had been cleared and his suspension -- conveniently enough for those in Indianapolis -- would be five games, through the end of the Maui Invitational.

In order to explain why the process extended into the start of the basketball season, the NCAA provided a vague reference to extra benefits received by Diallo.

Yet it is difficult to believe the NCAA when, in its process of determining amateurism, Diallo's legal guardian, Tidiane Drame, was mischaracterized as an agent during the initial interpretation phase of its review.

"This was a complicated case involving transcripts and a high school that remains under review," said Oliver Luck, NCAA executive vice president of regulatory affairs. "Additionally, staff considered a complex set of circumstances regarding amateurism."

Point blank, the NCAA needs to rule on such matters before the start of a season. That's the baseline, particularly since the high school coursework in question was sufficient enough for Diallo to gain admission to KU.

The other "circumstances" Luck alluded to sounded like a cover- up to the NCAA's inability to expedite the process, which left Diallo sidelined and his character in question -- all while leaving the freshman to wonder if he would be cleared to play for the Jayhawks. …

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