Complaint Filed Says Rule Discriminates Against Minority Players
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Complaints filed with the NAACP allege a rule adopted during the desegregation era in Kansas to limit the number of out-of-state players on community college basketball and football teams students.
The Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference earlier this month rejected efforts to throw the rule out, even though some colleges are struggling to fill rosters with Kansas players.
Texas, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Iowa also have similar conference rules.
Garden City Community College head football coach Jeffrey Sims has been joined by 49 players in filing discrimination complaints with the NAACP.
KJCCC Commissioner Bryce Roderick says the rule is not discriminatory and is intended to provide a good mixture of out-of-state and in-state athletes and offer opportunities for Kansas students.