Diarra, Martin suspended for eligibility issues

Updated: November 21, 2003, 10:04 PM ET
Associated Press

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."

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