School district says grades allegations unfounded about ex-KU star Arthur

LAWRENCE | The Dallas Independent School District has concluded that the allegations of improper grade-changing at South Oak Cliff High School, which involved former Kansas forward Darrell Arthur, are unfounded.

“The Office of Professional Responsibility has thoroughly investigated these claims and it is gratifying to see that administrators, teachers, coaches and student-athletes respected the rules,” DISD superintendent of schools Michael Hinojosa said in a press release issued Thursday to Dallas media outlets.

In May, a former math teacher of Arthur’s, Winford Ashmore, told WFAA-TV that Arthur had grades changed by school administrators to keep him eligible to play basketball. Ashmore asserted that Arthur never passed Algebra and therefore shouldn’t have cleared the NCAA clearinghouse. The station then asked the question of whether KU, which had recently won the 2008 national championship, should be punished.

The NCAA responded by saying that it would have to wait for the results of DISD’s investigation before deciding a course of action.

Arthur declared for the NBA Draft and was picked 27th overall by the New Orleans Hornets. He was traded several times before landing with the Memphis Grizzlies.