LAWRENCE, Kan., Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Forward Darnell Jackson of Kansas University will regain his eligibility after a nine-game suspension for NCAA rules violations.
The school said on its Web site the 6-foot-8 inch sophomore from Oklahoma City received benefits from a KU booster -- identified as Don Davis of Oklahoma City -- between the fall of 2002 and April 2005 that are not allowed under NCAA regulations. It said the benefits include impermissible transportation, meals and lodging for Jackson and his family, gifts and a personal loan. The university and the NCAA have determined that the value of the benefits is approximately $5,000 -- which has to be re-paid.
"Mr. Davis has been a friend of my family, a mentor and a positive influence on my life," Jackson said. "I didn't realize at the time that certain aspects of our friendship violated NCAA rules. I understand that now, and I regret any embarrassment to my family, my university and Mr. Davis."