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Three UK players mentioned in documents released about FBI probe into college athletics

Bam Adebayo was the “Y” last Saturday when UK beat Alabama. (Jeff Houchin Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Yahoo Sports released documents today involving the ongoing federal investigation into possible NCAA pay for play rules infractions and the names of three Kentucky players — freshman Kevin Knox Jr. and former players Bam Adebayo and Nerlens Noel — were included in the records.

Knox is mentioned in connection with a meeting or dinner with an agent, an allegation that his father, Kevin Knox Sr., denied in a conversation with WLEX-TV sports director Alan Cutler today.

“Kevin Knox Sr. told me he never met with (agent) Christian Dawkins .., and added that UK is handling this. He has talked to UK and did not seem concerned about Kevin playing for UK tomorrow (against Missouri),” Cutler posted on Twitter. 

Adebayo and Noel were listed as receiving loans from NBA agent Andy Miller and Dawkins, his associate at ASM Sports. Noel did sign with Miller but changed agents after. “Bad loan” is included with the notation about “BAM.” Adebayo, who was in Lexington last weekend during the NBA all-star break, did not sign with Miller or his company.

Kentucky is scheduled to play Missouri Saturday night. Kentucky coach John Calipari is slated to address the media at his regular pregame press conference today at 2:15 p.m.

At a scheduled meeting of the UK Board of Trustees Ahletics Committee today, UK president Eli Capilouto said the university learned about the Yahoo Sports report Thursday night.

“We began immediately to conduct our due diligence and we will cooperate fully with any appropriate authorities. That is our commitment as a university to our Board of Trustees and to the Commonwealth,” the UK president said.

Kentucky athletics director Mitch Barnhart made a similar pledge.

There has been no other comment from UK about the matter.

 

2 comments

  1. Current and former UK players named in some of this involving Miller as an agent is very troubling IMO. Hence the statements from UK’s top brass today. I sure hope Calipari is clean. I will take him at his word for now. This is scary, and IMO the OAD scene has caused much of the current problems that permeates the college basketball landscape today. NCAA rules must be changed to protect college basketball’s future going forward. For starters, eliminate AAU teams, and change the OAD rule requiring athletes to stay in school and remain on the team as long as they are academically eligible. If kids want to turn pro after an AAU career, and they think they are good enough to go pro, then let them and their families hire agents and sign with an NBA team out of HS. College recruits should come directly from the high school ranks nation wide. It should embrace only those kids that have talent, and want to play for a university, and work towards a free college education, like the old days That alone would clean up the mess college basketball is in today. Also, punishment for NCAA violations must be handled and done fairly and without bias to any program. Like wasn’t the case with the UNC eligibility and class cheating fiasco that went on for years in Chapel Hill. They got away with playing players that probably would not have been eligible academically. Sad indeed is the college basketball scene this morning. The hammer is getting ready to fall too.

  2. Had the NCAA done it’s work long time ago College basketball wouldn’t be in a mess as it now. Ever since Mark Emmit has been in charge the NCAA has been in there own corrupted business if you ask me.

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