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NCAA investigation into KU's Cliff Alexander is tied to family member

Impermissible benefits reportedly are related to the investigation of Cliff Alexander’s eligibility.
Impermissible benefits reportedly are related to the investigation of Cliff Alexander’s eligibility. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

The NCAA’s investigation into the eligibility of Kansas freshman Cliff Alexander is related to possible impermissible benefits received by at least one member of Alexander’s family from a third party, a source has told The Star.

Alexander, a 6-foot-8 freshman forward from Chicago, has missed two games after the NCAA alerted KU of the issue last week.

Yahoo! Sports reported Thursday evening that the possible impermissible benefits stemmed from a possible relationship with an NBA agent.

Kansas coach Bill Self said Thursday that Alexander was unlikely to play on Saturday at Oklahoma and there was no update on the case. Self previously expressed hope that the situation could be resolved by this weekend. Self has declined comment on specifics of the case.

The Alexander family has retained an attorney to navigate the process. But according to Yahoo, the NCAA has yet to interview Alexander and the involvement of an attorney may be slowing the investigation.

Alexander probably will not play until the investigation is finished and it is determined whether any benefits received were impermissible.

Kansas officials have not disclosed the “NCAA issue” after announcing last Saturday that Alexander would be held out of competition until the matter was resolved.

Alexander, a native of Chicago, is averaging 7.1 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.

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