The NCAA contacted Kansas athletic Sheahon Zenger on Monday, offering a measure of communication in the ongoing Cheick Diallo eligibility saga.
"They’re working on it," Kansas coach Bill Self said, speaking after the Jayhawks’ victory over Chaminade in the Maui Invitational. "So that's all I know concerning that situation."
What else did the NCAA say on Monday? That remains vague, but two days after Self went public with a blistering critique of the NCAA process, public pressure appears to be mounting on the NCAA to act. When asked Monday if he was disappointed in NCAA leadership, Self said the following:
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"Well, I don't know exactly how policy works and how legislation works, or who oversees what and who oversees the overseers," Self said. "I don't have any idea. It is disappointing that no one's stepped up to the plate so far."
On Nov. 10, Zenger, on behalf of the KU athletic department, sent a letter to the NCAA, critiquing the NCAA Eligibility Center process and calling for Diallo to become eligible immediate. Monday, according to KU, was the NCAA’s first response.
"I can't say it's leadership," Self said. "Because that would be hypocritical because I don't think it's the coach’s fault, totally, when somebody in the academic department or training department or the weight room or whatnot commits a violation. The head coach is totally responsible for that because the head coach — we do what we can to oversee — but you have people underneath you or people that work in the same organization that may not carry out the assignment the way it was designed to carry out.
Self continued: "I think the bottom line is there are some flaws in policies and certainly the lack of partnership — I think is the thing that's most frustrating with anything else with Cheick."