Kansas' Giles resumes practice, benched for semester

Updated: November 3, 2006, 7:11 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Kansas Jayhawks junior center C.J. Giles resumed practicing with the team Friday, according to head coach Bill Self in a university release. Giles, however, will not be permitted to play in any games this semester.

"I apologize to my coaches and teammates for my actions," Giles said. "I understand why I have been suspended. I know I have to improve myself as a person -- for my own good and for the good of the team."

Giles was not practicing with the team while he attended to "personal issues."

"We have evaluated C.J.'s progress regarding his various responsibilities," Self said, "and will continue to do so. He will be allowed to practice with the team, but he will not play in a game this semester. This penalty is appropriate for the lack of responsibility he has shown to his coaches, teammates and the Kansas basketball family.

"In the meantime, we will continue to monitor his progress. I will not comment further on C.J.'s status until after the first semester."

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.

There was no explanation offered for the suspension, announced on Oct. 18.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.