Kansas State forward Curtis Kelly will not be available to play again until Jan. 15 against Texas Tech, according to the Big 12 Conference. Kelly and teammate Jacob Pullen got in trouble for accepting free merchandise at a clothing store, which is against NCAA rules. Pullen will return for the Savannah State game.
This means Kelly (6’8″ senior) cannot play in the last two non-league games: North Florida and Savannah State. More significantly, he also can’t play at Oklahoma State on Jan. 8 or at home against Colorado on Jan. 12.
It’ll be interesting to see why Kelly got suspended for longer than Pullen did. Earlier this month, a three-game suspension was announced for Pullen and an indefinite one, which turned out to be six games total, was handed to Kelly.
Kelly is a primary forward for the Wildcats (10-3), who have struggled on occasion this season. Not having him makes the Oklahoma State road game more difficult, though a win over Colorado at home is expected anyway.