Kansas JUCO transfer cornerback Kevin Short was dealt a harsh blow by the NCAA on Thursday, as he will be forced to sit out the 2013 season to “get his academics in order.”
The NCAA notified Kansas and Short, who transferred in from Fort Scott Community College that because he has a redshirt year, it’d be best to use it in solidifying his academics. Following this season, Short will still have two years of eligibility beginning with the 2014 season.
On Friday, head coach Charlie Weis released a statement.
“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.”
Short did not dress in uniform for last Saturday’s 31-14 win at South Dakota. The Jayhawks face Rice, Saturday night in Houston.