LAWRENCE, Kansas - Kansas head basketball coach Bill Self has cleared senior guard Mario Little to return to the team after his suspension following his mid-December arrest.
“I accept responsibility for what took place that evening and have learned from it and feel awful about it,” Little said in the announcement of his return, posted on the KU athletic website . “I’m appreciative of the opportunity to come back.”
Self said Little, in a diversion agreement on two misdemeanor battery charges, has met the requirements of the court.
“He has not only met the requirements of the court but also the requirements of our basketball program,” Self said, adding one of those stipulations is weekly counseling.
“I’m appreciative of the opportunity to come back,” Little, who was averaging 6.2 points a game in nine contests prior to his suspension, said. “The last four weeks have given me time to reflect and reevaluate a lot of things with myself. I certainly anticipate not only handling situations better but also feel I have become a much better person because of this.”
Self said while the program takes the events that unfolded on the night of Dec. 16 “very seriously,” he believes in Little.
“He has been a pleasure to coach and I am certainly proud of the fact he only has three hours left to graduate,” Self said. “I’m more concerned about what’s best for our program rather than an individual, but in this case I believe he deserves a second opportunity to finish his career in uniform.”