Friday, January 28, 2011

KU Hoops Returns From Robinson Funeral

((HT: NBCActionNews/KSHB-TV))

Back on Friday, 43-year-old Lisa Robinson, mother of Kansas Jayhawk Thomas Robinson, died of a heart attack.

Thomas’ 9-year-old sister Jayla broke the news to her brother over the phone, and Thomas chose to play in Saturday’s game against Texas. Head Coach Bill Self then sent Robinson home to Washington D.C. to attend to family matters.

The team’s trip to D.C. was covered by Kansas Athletics.
Lisa Robinson’s funeral was paid for out of the same fund.

Beth Vaughn has the story...

But there are larger issues the HQ has to talk about here...

Robinson is now left to take care of his 9-year-old sister. The NCAA has granted a number of waivers from its bylaws, clearing Kansas Athletics to help Robinson, according to ESPN . Under NCAA rules, Kansas Athletics is allowed to pay for the funeral of Lisa Robinson and pay for Jayla to travel back to Kansas to be with her brother in Lawrence.

But, instead of the NCAA granting verbal okey-dokeys and getting the process moving along at the pace it needed to for the sake of a mourning family, the folks in Indianapolis required a boatload of paperwork and hoops for Robinson and the school to jump through before granting said waivers.

Bill Self, however, took the high road in the Kansas City Star:

“The NCAA has been unbelievable,” Self said. “They are trying to make as many allowances with the rules as they possibly can.

“In this situation, when there is as much hardship as there is, I think the NCAA is definitely looking out for the student-athlete welfare.”

A scholarship fund has been set up for Robinson's younger sister.

Send donations to:
Lisa Robinson Scholarship Fund
c/o SNR Denton
1301 K Street NW; Ste. 600 East Tower
Washington DC 20005-3364

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