The NCAA officially announced the penalty Myck Kabongo will be for 23 games and he will have pay back $475 to a charity of his choice. Here is the official release from the NCAA.
Here is a few key things you need to know:
– Myck did accept airfare and a personal training session that was not reimbursed totaling $475. I would like to know how he got round trip airfare from Austin to Cleveland and a personal training session with an NBA trainer for $475. That’s a heck of a deal!
– Myck Kabongo did NOT lie to the NCAA, he lied to the University of Texas’s Compliance office. Rumors are out there that Rick Barnes is not happy with the Compliance officers who interviewed him. I would be too because that is something you leave out of your report. Remember who pays your bills compliance officers.
– Texas administration isn’t in the clear in this mess. The University sent in the reinstatement request and the NCAA received it on November 13th. The NCAA requested additional information for a December 19th decision. But this report was known for a few months, why did this take so long? Texas could have had a decision a few games into the season. But I guess they might not have wanted to make the NCAA mad.
– On a positive note, Myck Kabongo will be back for games @ Kansas and @ Oklahoma State. Those are the two best teams in the league this year and to get the best player back for those games will be huge in making a tournament run.
So fear not Longhorn fans, the future isn’t as bright as some would have thought but this season can be salvaged.