Report: Myck Kabongo gets year ban
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Kabongo is going through the appeal-reinstatement process Thursday, sources told ESPN.com.
Texas released a statement Saturday on Kabongo's situation: "As we have stated previously, we and the NCAA are working together on this matter. We appreciate the joint efforts toward a resolution and expect a final decision in the next few days."
Kabongo had been sitting out while the NCAA investigates whether he retained an agent, if he told the truth about whether he paid for a workout in May and if Texas was aware of his intentions to go to Cleveland for a May workout after his freshman season.
Kabongo considered declaring for the NBA draft but decided against it. Now he's paying for even flirting with the idea of an NBA-style workout.
Yahoo! Sports initially reported the apparent impermissible benefits transgression when Kabongo worked out with his friend, fellow Canadian and former Texas player Tristan Thompson, who is now with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Kabongo worked out with trainer Jerry Powell, who is connected with Rich Paul, an agent for LeBron James.
Most NCAA punishments for impermissible benefits include a suspension of up to 10 games and repayment of the benefits. Kabongo is being penalized because he didn't give the NCAA all the information he had when asked, multiple Texas officials told ESPN.com.
Texas issued a statement on Kabongo late Wednesday night to ESPN.com:
"A final decision has not been made in Myck Kabango's eligibility case. We and the NCAA are working together and a final decision is expected within the next few days."
Texas coach Rick Barnes would not directly comment Wednesday night on the report after the Longhorns' 85-67 victory over No. 23 North Carolina.
"There is process that every student athlete goes through and I can only feel you that process is not done we are in the middle of that process," Barnes said. "Every student athlete is entitle to a process if something comes up and that process is ongoing."
Kabongo started 34 games last season but hasn't played in 2012-2013.
In 2009, Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant was suspended for the entire season after the NCAA said he lied while it investigated him.
ESPN.com senior college basketball reporter Andy Katz and college basketball reporter Dana O'Neil contributed to this report.