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K-State alerted to Samuels violation thanks to ‘trash at the grocery store’


Mike Miller

Kansas State forward Jamar Samuels didn’t play against Syracuse during the NCAA tournament because he accepted $200 from his former AAU coach. But that’s NCAA violation isn’t the interesting part.

Apparently, someone found the receipt for the wire transfer at a local grocery store.

“It was found, basically, it was found just on the floor, in the trash at the grocery store and it was brought to the compliance office,” Kansas State athletic Scott Currie said Tuesday. “I promise you, I wish it would have stayed in the trash.

Imagine the odds.

Some say indicate Samuels’ suspension was the final straw in coach Frank Martin accepting the South Carolina gig. Currie says no.

“Over the last three days this has just sort of taken on fact and I don’t think that has been fact over the last three years,” he said.

He also says he doesn’t regret the suspension because it could’ve caused NCAA problems with the school.

“It would have made my weekend a lot better if a receipt hadn’t shown up in our compliance office,” he said. “We do not have people out combing the trash cans in Manhattan searching for trouble. Once it came into our possession, for us to do nothing would have risked the integrity of the institution.”

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