Diarra, Martin suspended for eligibility issues

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Kansas State junior forward Dramane Diarra has been suspended indefinitely by the NCAA and freshman
forward Cartier Martin will miss three games, both because of
eligibility questions.

Athletic director Tim Weiser said Friday that Diarra, a transfer
from Cloud County Community College, played for a team in his
native France that considers itself professional. However, Weiser
said, Diarra received only expense money, and the league the team
plays in doesn't consider itself professional.

"He didn't receive anything except actual and necessary
expenses, which according to the NCAA ... doesn't constitute a
professionalized player," Weiser said before the Wildcats' home
opener against Birmingham-Southern.

In Martin's case, Weiser said Kansas State reported to the NCAA
that Martin might have received an improper benefit from a family
friend during his high school career in Houston. The violation was
not related to the Wildcats' recruitment of Martin, Weiser said.

The school is appealing Diarra's suspension to the NCAA's
Committee on Reinstatement, and Diarra will continue to practice
with the Wildcats.

Diarra averaged 15.7 points and seven rebounds for Cloud County
Community College and had been expected to play a significant role
at Kansas State this season.

The school sought clarification from the NCAA in June, Weiser
said, but was only notified three weeks ago of Diarra's suspension.

"These situations are very complicated and time-consuming when
it comes to securing all the necessary information," Weiser said.
"I wish this matter could have been resolved sooner, but we will
continue to exhaust every option."