Curtis Kelly's days, if not hours, as a Wildcat could be numbered. For no less than the third time this season, the Wildcats' 6-foot-8 senior is in trouble.
While K-State officials are saying that Kelly is "still a part of the program," he is the subject for an investigation for violating the school's student-athletic handbook. The result could be dismissal from the team.
Kelly was suspended for the first three games of the season for what coach Frank Martin called poor practice habits, and later for six games for accepting impermissible discounts at a Manhattan department story. By NCAA law, that is a secondary violation.
According to the handbook, a student athlete must inform his or her family in the presence of a coach and undergo counseling after a first violation. A second violation is a suspension for 10 percent of a team's games (three games), and a third violation results in a permanent suspension and the loss of financial aid.
Athletics director John Currie and Martin were not commenting on the issue on Tuesday or Wednesday morning.
Kelly, who is averaging nearly 10 points per game this year, will reportedly make an appeal to Currie, and then possibly appeal to the K-State General Scholarship and Financial Aid Committee.