MANHATTAN — Curtis Kelly will miss four more games. Kansas State announced this morning that the senior forward will serve a six-game suspension for receiving impermissible benefits in the form of discounted clothing from a local Dillard's, which is a secondary violation of NCAA rules.
He had been suspended indefinitely, and was withheld from the Wildcats' past two games against UNLV and UMKC. That makes Kelly eligible to return against Texas Tech on January 15.
The NCAA's Student-Athlete Reinstatement staff has accepted K-State's recommendation of penalties for Kelly's violation, which also includes repayment of the value of the benefit to a charity of his choice and corrective educational efforts by the department's compliance staff.
Senior guard Jacob Pullen was also involved in the Dillard's incident, and is serving a three-game suspension. He will return against Savannah State on Monday.
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Neither player has practiced or attended games since Dec. 21, when K-State announced the original suspensions. Coach Frank Martin said he did not want to see Pullen or Kelly at a team-related activity until after Christmas.
"I don't like guys misrepresenting who we are," Martin said.
NCAA guidelines dictate that any player who receives impermissible benefits between $100 and $300 must miss 10 percent of his team's season, in K-State's case three games. Any player who receives between $300 and $500 must miss 20 percent of the season, or six games. K-State has not released numbers, but the discounts Pullen received would land in the first category and Kelly in the second.
In a news release, K-State athletic director John Currie said the NCAA's confirmation of Kelly's suspension will conclude K-State's inquiry into the matter.