Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari is speaking out on the bombshell Yahoo! Sports report which was published on Friday morning.
In the report, Yahoo! Sports detailed potential NCAA violations from as many as 20 college basketball programs and dozens of players. Duke, Kentucky, Michigan State and North Carolina are among the programs mentioned in the report.
The report reviewed documents which included expense reports and balance sheets from sports agency ASM Sports, which included former NBA agent Andy Miller and former AAU coach Christian Dawkins. The expense reports and balance sheets show potential NCAA violations for the programs involved.
According to a statement from Calipari to the Lexington Herald-Leader, the head coach had no connection to Andy Miller or his co-workers.
The statement read:
“Obviously the investigation is still going on, but the only comment I can say is I’ve never met Christian Dawkins before or Andy Miller, and if they sat next to me at the grocery store, I wouldn’t know who they were,” Kevin Knox Sr. said. “Out of respect for the NCAA investigation and the University of Kentucky investigation into this, I’d just say that I’ve never met Christian Dawkins or Andy Miller before and leave it at that.”
School president Eli Capilouto also issued a statement on the report, via WKYT’s Lee K. Howard:
“As I said to our Board of Trustees this morning, we learned late last night of a report from Yahoo Sports that provides more details regarding documents related to the federal investigation of potential NCAA violations. 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. I will keep you informed of any developments should they arise in this matter.”
Former Kentucky stars Nerlens Noel and Bam Adebayo are named in the story, along with current star Kevin Knox.
It will be interesting to see what comes next from the ongoing FBI investigation into corruption in college basketball, but it looks like it may be getting worse for some of the top programs in the nation before anything gets better. This appears to be just the tip of the iceberg.