Another cornerstone member of KU’s much-lauded junior college recruiting class won’t be playing this year.
Junior cornerback Kevin Short, a transfer from Fort Scott Community College, has been ruled academically ineligible by the NCAA for the 2013 season, KU coach Charlie Weis announced on Friday morning.
Short, who arrived late to fall camp in mid August after finishing up his junior college coursework, missed last week’s opener against South Dakota while the issue was being resolved. He was expected to compete for starting snaps at cornerback.
“Late yesterday we received notice from the NCAA that Kevin Short would not be allowed to compete in games this year,” Weis said in a statement. “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.”
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Based on Weis’ statement on Friday, it appears the ruling was unanticipated and perhaps a little baffling. Before the season, Weis indicated that every member of his large junior college recruiting class was set to qualify academically. The only casualty was defensive end Chris Martin, a former five-star recruit who was dismissed from the team in June after running into legal trouble in Lawrence.
“We are extremely disappointed with this decision,” Weis said. “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.”
With Short on the sidelines, the KU defense will now rely primarily on juniors JaCorey Shepherd and Dexter McDonald at cornerback. Junior college transfer Brandon Hollomon will likely also see his playing time increase.
“Although I am disappointed for our team, I am much more concerned for Kevin personally,” Weis said. “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.”