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.