KANSAS CITY, Mo. —Kansas State will be without its two seniors against UNLV tonight at the Sprint Center.
K-State officials announced prior to the 8 p.m. game that Jacob Pullen and Curtis Kelly were declared ineligible by the school for receiving impermissible benefits on the purchase of clothing at a Manhattan department store, which is a secondary violation of NCAA rules.
Pullen will miss three games as a result of a ruling by the NCAA Student-Athlete Reinstatement staff. The compliance staff is continuing to work with the NCAA regarding Kelly's status.
A source said a sales clerk who knew Pullen and Kelly allowed them to take more clothing from the store than they paid for. When the store manager found out, K-State officials were contacted.
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The clothing Pullen and Kelly took from the store exceeded the value of the merchandise paid for. The difference in value is the impermissible benefit. Because Pullen's suspension was specific and is known, Kansas State has learned the value of his benefit. Kelly's is larger and is still being determined.
"These young men have worked hard to represent themselves and Kansas State in a positive manner," basketball coach Frank Martin said. "Having said that, they made a mistake in judgment and have to pay a price for that decision."
Pullen entered the year as the Big 12 preseason player of the year, and is averaging 16.5 points and 3.8 assists. Kelly was a preseason All-Big selection and is averaging 10.3 points and 4.0 rebounds.