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Silvio de Sousa won’t play pending eligibility review

Kansas will keep the power forward out of competition while the university investigates his eligibility.

NCAA Basketball: Oklahoma at Kansas Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

As a result of testimony given in the federal trial into corruption in college basketball, Silvio de Sousa will be indefinitely withheld from competition, including KU’s first exhibition game on Thursday night vs Emporia State.

It appears as if the eligibility review will be a joint effort between the University and the NCAA.

Information was presented during the current trial in New York — some of which we knew, some of which we didn’t. We have decided to withhold Silvio from competition until we can evaluate and understand the new information. We have already discussed trial developments with the NCAA and will continue to work with NCAA staff moving forward. - Bill Self

The timeline of the review is completely unknown, with Self adding, “We will wait for an eligibility review to be done jointly by our university and the NCAAA. And timetable on that is unknown, due to, obviously, the ongoing trial, and also when all parties can actually complete that review.”

This does have something to do with the now-infamous “We good?” text sent by Bill Self to Adidas consultant T.J. Gassnola.

ESPN reports that testimony also connects Adidas executive James Gatto and Gassnola to a $90,000 payment to Billy Preston’s mother.

For now, Silvio de Sousa remains with the team but unable to play in games. It may be time to dust off the #Soon hashtag.