Kansas Jayhawks head coach Bill Self and the rest of the team traveled to Washington, D.C., on Wednesday to be with Thomas Robinson for the funeral of his mother. They're planning to return on Thursday though Self isn't sure when Robinson will be coming back with them, according to Andy Katz of ESPN.com.
"Athletics can help in the healing process," Self said. "We had no gas in the tank against Saturday [after learning of Lisa Robinson's death]. We needed [Tuesday night]. ...
The reason he wouldn't come back is his 9-year-old sister, who he is now taking care of with the death of his mother. Self said several people have expressed interest in adopting his younger sister, though there are legal issues that must be addressed.
"We hope he comes back Friday but the one reason to stay is to be with his sister and that's an important reason," Self said. "They've got to figure it out and hopefully they can work out a split of time so that she feels comfortable."
The NCAA is working with Kansas on some of the rules associated with how the school can and can't help at this point.
This is about the saddest situation I've seen but I'm sure with the KU support system Robinson (and his sister) will come back from it.