After losing three of the last four games, Kansas head coach Bill Self could certainly use some extra help to change things up on the court. Unfortunately, one of his best forwards, sophomore Silvio De Sousa, is still unavailable due to a school-imposed suspension over an eligibility controversy. There is a new update on the issue, but not one that Jayhawks fans may be particularly pleased with.
In an interview with radio show Hawk Talk, Self expressed his frustration at the lack of progress being made in getting De Sousa's eligibility resolved.
Self noted that De Sousa is handling the situation well, but that the team has not been told anything recently.
Via The Kansas City Star:
“It’s beyond frustration,” KU coach Bill Self said Wednesday night on his weekly Hawk Talk radio show. “If we are frustrated, just think about how the kid is. He’s handled it beautifully. He comes in every day and asks what’s new. He comes in happy and leaves out sad it seems like every day because we don’t have any information to tell him.
“We’re still holding out hope that we’ll have information for him, but certainly it’s been very disappointing we haven’t been told anything yet,” Self added.
Back in October, the school decided to suspend De Sousa indefinitely following his name coming up in a massive college basketball corruption scandal.
During the course of the investigation and trial, he was accused of and denied taking money from Adidas.
Given how long issues like these can take to be resolved by the NCAA, the clock could be running out on De Sousa's sophomore year with the Jayhawks.
The recent rough patch for Kansas started with a 65-64 loss to Big 12 cellar-dweller West Virginia on January 19.
Despite beating No. 24 Iowa State just two days later, the Jayhawks would lose back-to-back games for the first time since December 2017 with losses to No. 8 Kentucky and Texas the following week.