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Calipari, UK respond to ESPN report linking players to scandal

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.


Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

11 Comments for Calipari, UK respond to ESPN report linking players to scandal

  1. 4everUKblue
    2:57 pm November 8, 2018 Permalink

    And this is why dUKe is getting the top recruits, our program has integrity. I’d rather win less and be a clean program than to win more and be a dirty program. Looking at you Bill and K.

    • ukblue22
      3:16 pm November 8, 2018 Permalink

      Sandy Bell was Compliance Director even when my nephew was playing football there back in 2004. She did not play. She would go directly to the parents and the players. I saw her do it. Very serious and extremely competent lady. We’re lucky to have her in the UK camp.

  2. jimmer
    3:27 pm November 8, 2018 Permalink

    Love that Cal and UK come straight out and respond directly. None of this ah shucks never heard about any scandalous activity we stick our heads in the sand BS from Ol Roy and Coach Rat Face K.

  3. antiquefurnitureandmidgets
    3:38 pm November 8, 2018 Permalink

    I have no idea why KSR comes up with inanities like “in Sandy Bell we trust”. Sandy Bell may be very good at her job but she can’t do a damn thing about an agent hypothetically handing $10,000 to a player and/or his family. It’s naive and childish to act differently. When Kentucky players are implicated we should at a minimum be concerned. In one post we’re supposed to be getting popcorn to watch Louisville fall further but in this one we’re supposed to believe we’ll be just fine. I have no sympathy for Louisville but I do have concern for our program and I refuse to bury my head in the sand just because it’s comforting to do so.

    • antiquefurnitureandmidgets
      3:48 pm November 8, 2018 Permalink

      Implicate may be the wrong word. I don’t like to see our kids’ names associated with this type of wrongdoing.

    • jaws2
      3:57 pm November 8, 2018 Permalink

      Well said. I’m sure it’ll be “troll”, “find another team”, go pull for loserville”, blah, blah, blah, in ….3,2,1….

    • Realme
      4:00 pm November 8, 2018 Permalink

      You don’t know. Maybe she hooks them all up to a lie detector.

    • secrick
      4:18 pm November 8, 2018 Permalink

      You must not sleep good worrying so much with nothing to worry about. Louisville has cheated so many many times in the past few years they should be worried to death, IF we get caught then you should worry but calm down.

    • Catsfan1715
      4:21 pm November 8, 2018 Permalink

      You’re right. Slight concern when any of our players are named. A player and/or his family can do anything they want and neither Coach Cal, Sandy Bell or Jesus Christ can prevent it. It’s important to remember that just because a player and/or their family does something wrong-does not mean the coach or the program did anything wrong or is responsible for their actions. Nonetheless the NCAA will punish as if they are responsible(ridiculous, why even work hand in hand with them in clearing players if they’re just going to demonize you anyways if ‘they’ missed something) which is why I always have some level of concern when this comes up IE Bam last year, Knox etc.

    • J-Dub421
      4:48 pm November 8, 2018 Permalink

      I’m not going to get my knickers in a twist just because Christian Dawkins shopping wishlist got published.

    • Tom Bombadil
      5:22 pm November 8, 2018 Permalink

      Well said JDub