Kevin Short has been ruled ineligible by the NCAA of the 2013 season, according to the Lawrence World-Journal.
Short, a junior college All-American transfer from Fort Scott Community College, because of academics. While he has passed all the necessary classes to enroll at Kansas and had passing grades last year, the NCAA determined Short needed to solidify his grades further.
Here is the statement released by Charlie Weis:
“Late yesterday we received notice from the NCAA that Kevin Short would not be allowed to compete in games this year. Their rationale was that because Kevin has a redshirt year available it would be best spent solidifying his academics. He will still have two years of eligibility remaining after this season.”
“We are extremely disappointed with this decision. 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.”
This is a big blow to the Jayhawks secondary as Short is one of the best cornerbacks Kansas has on their roster. The hidden benefit may come in 2014 and 2015 when Kansas is expected to have better teams. But for now, getting better this season has become more difficult.