Jackson to miss 9 games

From Jason King at the KC Star:

"We're disappointed that we have to deal with this situation," Self said. "Although inappropriate by NCAA rules, I believe that Mr. Davis' intentions were sincere and were intended to be in the best interests of Darnell and his family."

LAWRENCE - The NCAA imposed a nine-game suspension on Kansas sophomore forward Darnell Jackson on Tuesday after determining he had accepted approximately $5,000 worth of impermissible benefits from a booster. An investigation revealed that KU graduate Don Davis provided Jackson with gifts and a personal loan as well as lodging, meals and transportation for Jackson and his family. The violations occurred between the fall of 2002 and April of 2005. Davis declined to comment when reached on his cell phone Tuesday evening. "In my opinion, Darnell Jackson and his family are as fine of people as you'll ever meet," Davis said. "That's all I can really say." Kansas administrators began looking into Jackson's relationship with Davis last summer, when an anonymous tipster alerted them to the potential violations. Kansas self-reported its findings to the NCAA, which concluded its investigation with Tuesday's announcement. Jayhawks coach Bill Self said Tuesday night that he believes the NCAA's punishment was fair. "We're disappointed that we have to deal with this situation," Self said. "Although inappropriate by NCAA rules, I believe that Mr. Davis' intentions were sincere and were intended to be in the best interests of Darnell and his family."

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