Bill Self has a noon press conference today to announce some information about the JR situation. Schools have to give their students scholarships for next year by tomorrow, so it has created a sort of deadline for Bill Self on the JR situation. He could continue to hedge, I suppose, by offering JR a scholarship right now irrespective of whether he plays, but that might have other deleterious consequences of which I am not aware. In any case, T-minus 50 minutes until we get more definitive word than we've had in weeks.


It looks as if KU can decline to renew JR's scholarship today, only to renew it upon further investigation. From page 187 of the NCAA bylaws:

15.3.5 Renewals and Nonrenewals Institutional Obligation. The renewal of institutional financial aid based in any degree on athletics ability shall be made on or before July 1 prior to the academic year in which it is to be effective. The institution shall promptly notify in writing each student-athlete who received an award the previous academic year and who has eligibility remaining in the sport in which financial aid was awarded the previous academic year (under Bylaw 14.2) whether the grant has been renewed or not renewed for the ensuing academic year. Notification of financial aid renewals and nonrenewals must come from the institution's regular financial aid authority and not from the institution's athletics d e p a r t m e n t . (Revised: 1/10/95) Hearing Opportunity Required. If the institution decides not to renew or decides to reduce financial aid for the ensuing academic year, the institution shall inform the student-athlete in writing that he or she, upon request, shall be provided a hearing before the institutional agency making the award. The institution shall have established reasonable procedures for promptly hearing such a request and shall not delegate the responsibility for conducting a nonrenewal hearing to the university's athletics department or its faculty athletics committee. The decision to renew or not renew the financial aid is left to the discretion of the institution, to be determined in accordance with its normal practices for students generally. Reconsideration of Nonrenewal. It is permissible for an institution that has notified a student-athlete that he or she will not be provided institutional financial aid for the next academic year subsequently to award financial aid to that student-athlete.