Kansas C Giles leaves team with 'personal issues'

Updated: October 18, 2006, 2:38 PM ET
Associated Press

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Jayhawks junior center C.J. Giles is not practicing with the team while he attends to "personal issues," Kansas announced in a two-paragraph release Tuesday.

Giles may be done at KU
C.J. Giles' career at Kansas is perilously close to being over after numerous academic and behavoral issues got him suspended from the team Tuesday, according to a source close to the situation.

The source said that Kansas coach Bill Self said it's going to be tough for Giles to recover from this and make it back on the team, but the window isn't completely closed.

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Giles was one of the team's top seven returning scorers and expected to fill a big role this year for the Jayhawks, who have been voted the favorite in the Big 12 Conference.

"C.J. Giles will not practice with the team while he attends to some personal issues," head coach Bill Self said. "If and when these issues are addressed we will discuss his future with the program."

There was no further explanation offered and Chris Theisen, the school's sports information director, said he did not have any other information. Kansas was on the court practicing when the announcement was made and Self was not available for comment.

"That's all I know," Theisen said.

Giles, a 6-foot-11, 240-pound Seattle native, started 13 of 33 games last year, averaging 6.2 points and 4.8 rebounds. He had surgery on his thumb over the summer but was reported fully healed.

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