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Attorney representing KU’s Cliff Alexander hopes to help NCAA find ‘clarity’

KU's Cliff Alexander (left) watched his teammates warm up for Saturday’s game against Texas. Alexander did not suit up for the game after questions about his eligibility came up.
KU's Cliff Alexander (left) watched his teammates warm up for Saturday’s game against Texas. Alexander did not suit up for the game after questions about his eligibility came up. The Kansas City Star

An attorney representing Kansas freshman forward Cliff Alexander in a potential NCAA eligibility case is remaining mum on the specifics of the eligibility issue and the timeline for a potential resolution.

Arthur McAfee, a Washington, D.C.-based attorney, told Sports Illustrated on Sunday that he was hoping to help the NCAA find “clarity” with whatever issue the organization is looking into regarding Alexander. But McAfee stopped short in providing a guess on when the NCAA investigation could be resolved.

“I can’t handicap it for you, it wouldn’t be fair to either side to do so,” McAfee told Sports Illustrated. “Our goal is to make sure there is clarity with whatever issue (the NCAA) may have. We’re always confident that whatever information (it is) looking for is in favor of Cliff. These things take time to develop. (The NCAA has) procedures (it) must follow, and I think there’s an attempt to do it fairly quickly. We will see here in short order, I hope.”

McAfee, who has previously worked as an NCAA enforcement representative and served as outside counsel to universities dealing with NCAA infractions cases, did not immediately return a message from The Star.

Alexander missed Kansas’ 69-64 victory over Texas on Saturday, sitting out after the NCAA notified KU officials about a potential NCAA eligibility issue. Specifics of the issue are scarce. Kansas coach Bill Self said Saturday that he had been given few details about the case.

“I haven’t been told details about it, other than there’s a situation that involves Cliff,” Self said. “And I haven’t heard anything other than the fact that it involves Cliff. (It’s) not a KU situation, but a Cliff situation.”

On Sunday, McAfee declined to expand on specifics, echoing Self’s hope that the issue could be resolved quickly.

“Those things become narrower as (the NCAA) works through the information (it) may have,” McAfee said. “We will know those things in short order.”

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