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The sus­pen­sion was re­duced to 23 games af­ter an ap­peal to the Di­vi­sion I Com­mit­tee on Stu­den­tAth­lete Re­in­state­ment.

The NCAA ruled that Kabongo must miss those games for un­eth­i­cal con­duct. He must also re­pay ap­prox­i­mately $475 in im­per­mis­si­ble ben­e­fits to a char­ity of his choice. The sus­pen­sion in­cludes the 10 games UT withheld Kabongo from com­pe­ti­tion as a part of its re­quest to re­in­state Kabongo’s el­i­gi­bil­ity. Texas had hoped Kabongo would be al­lowed to re­turn for the game the Longhorns won against North Carolina on Wed­nes­day.

The sus­pen­sion stems from a trip Kabongo took to Cleve­land in May. The trip was paid for by an agent named Rich Paul, who rep­re­sents Mi­ami Heat star LeBron James as well as two of Kabongo’s former Longhorn team­mates, Cleve­land Cava­liers for­ward Tris­tan Thompson and San An­to­nio Spurs guard Cory Joseph.

Back in Oc­to­ber, the Akron Bea­con-Jour­nal re­ported that Thompson said he paid for the trip and was re­im­bursed by Kabongo’s brother.

Re­gard­less, the Longhorns must play 12 more games with­out Kabongo. Ear­lier this week Barnes — with the Longhorns hav­ing cre­ated a pretty steep climb for them­selves to­ward a 15th con­sec­u­tive NCAA tour­na­ment ap­pear­ance with a 7-4 start — found an ex­am­ple of per­se­ver­ance that works for him.

“I think our vol­ley­ball team had to play a team that fin­ished sixth in their

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