Last night, ESPN published an email would-be agent Christian Dawkins sent his business partners in September 2017 detailing plans to send payments to the families of Jarred Vanderbilt, Ashton Hagans, and 17 other high school or college basketball players. This afternoon, John Calipari and the University of Kentucky responded to the report.
“Our administration and compliance are so thorough, doubly thorough, that I trust everything is fine,” Calipari said in his press conference. “They get parents involved, they go to a point where it’s uncomfortable to me. You shouldn’t be having to do this. But then you say, I’m glad you guys do that.”
In a statement released to The Courier-Journal, a UK spokesman said there is no change to Vanderbilt or Hagans’ eligibility.
“We remain committed to compliance in all facets of our athletics department. All of our student-athletes undergo a thorough review process to ensure their eligibility. With the full cooperation of our student-athletes and their families, the compliance department works closely with the NCAA Eligibility Center and the Southeastern Conference throughout the entire amateurism certification process. At this time there is no change in the eligibility of any of our current or former students.”
In Sandy Bell we trust.