Kansas State's Curtis Kelly will miss six games for accepting impermissible benefits on the purchase of clothing at a department store. Kelly has already missed two games. He'll be eligible to return Jan. 15 against Texas Tech.
Kelly and teammate Jacob Pullen were ruled ineligible moments before the Wildcats' game with UNLV last week. Pullen will miss a total of three games. He'll be eligible to return Jan. 3 against Savannah State.
The lengths of Pullen’s and Kelly’s suspensions are based on NCAA guidelines for extra-benefit violations, according to KSU officials. Players must generally sit out 10 percent of a team's scheduled regular-season games (in this case, three games) if the value of a benefit is between $100 and $300 and 20 percent of a team's scheduled regular-season games (in this case, six games) if the value of a benefit is between $300 and $500. In other words, Pullen accepted between $100 and $300 in discounted clothing while Kelly accepted between $300 and $500 in discounted clothing.
Kansas State is 10-3 and ranked 17th nationally.
The Wildcats play North Florida at Bramlage Coliseum on Friday.