Kabongo to be back — even­tu­ally

With guard out an­other 12 games, team sol­diers on against Spar­tans.

Austin American-Statesman - - C SPORTS - By Mark Ros­ner mros­ner@states­man.com To­day’s GAME Texas at No. 20 Michi­gan State, Bas­ket­ball C RI­CARDO B. BRAZZIELL / AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN

DETROIT — Longhorn point guard Myck Kabongo re­ceived a 23-game sus­pen­sion from the NCAA Fri­day — 13 games longer than some in the Univer­sity of Texas ath­letic de­part­ment had an­tic­i­pated a few weeks ago.

Kabongo, a sopho­more, al­ready has missed 11 of the 23. He can re­turn with eight games re­main­ing in the reg­u­lar sea­son.

Ac­cord­ing to the NCAA, Kabongo was pe­nal­ized for ac­cept­ing im­per­mis­si­ble ben­e­fits and then pro­vid­ing false state­ments.

The NCAA says that Kabongo ac­cepted air­fare and per­sonal train­ing in­struc­tion and then pro­vided false and mis­lead­ing in­for­ma­tion dur­ing two sep­a­rate in­ter­views with Univer­sity of Texas of­fi­cials. UT for­warded that in­for­ma­tion to the NCAA.

“We feel for Myck,” coach

1 p.m., ESPN 2, 98.1, 1300 Rick Barnes said in a pre­pared state­ment. “He made some mis­takes early in this process, and he put him­self in a tough po­si­tion. That said, he was truth­ful and forth­com­ing when he talked with the NCAA.”

Ac­cord­ing to the NCAA, the univer­sity was no­ti­fied Dec. 14 that Kabongo would be sus­pended for the en­tire sea­son.

Myck Kabongo, ac­cused of ac­cept­ing im­proper ben­e­fits, will be able to re­turn with eight games left in the sea­son.

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