SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (KAKE) - Bill Self is not one to normally take to social media, but the Kansas head men's basketball coach felt the need to just hours before his team's first NCAA Tournament game.

Self-addressed rumors surrounding Kevin McCullar on X, formerly Twitter.  After announcing on Tuesday that McCullar won't be playing in the tournament, Self defended the All-Big 12 First-Team selection and cleared up the rumors around his injury. 

"I am not on social media much but since announcing Kevin would not play in the tournament, I’ve been told Kevin and this situation have been portrayed inaccurately.  What I said in a 45-second video clip is true.  His knee hasn’t improved in the last two weeks.  It hurts too much to continue playing.  He hasn’t practiced in 6 weeks.  We decided to shut him down. That’s all 100 percent accurate, but what I didn’t say has caused a false narrative to question Kevin inappropriately.  He worked tirelessly in rehab to try to play and everyone within the program knows it.  We’ve known the only way the bone bruise would heal is time off.  Kevin elected not to do that and try to play.  For 6 weeks, it’s been one step forward two steps back.  He hurt it worse in the KSU game and tried to play at Houston. Since then, all involved felt 9 days off would position him to play in the tournament.  That did not happen.  It hasn’t progressed and made the improvement we had hoped. At that time our team doctors collectively came to the decisions to not play and allow the healing process to not be interrupted.  We will support him through this process.  Kevin tried for himself, his teammates, and also the KU faithful.  We are all disappointed Kevin can’t play but should appreciate the effort that he’s made.  Kevin will take on the role of asst. coach during the tournament."

 

For the last few weeks, the All-American has been dealing with a bone bruise on his knee. He missed six conference games, including one in the Big 12 Tournament.

The Jayhawks start the NCAA Tournament tonight in the first round. No. 4-seeded KU faces No. 13 Samford at 8:55 p.m. CT at the Delta Center.