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Jeff Goodman: “Nike is helping Kentucky. We know that”

When you think of the college hoops bribery scandal, a few schools probably come to mind: Kansas, Louisville, Arizona, NC State, LSU, Auburn. If you’ve really done your research, you know that Alabama, Miami, TCU, Oklahoma State, USC, Maryland, Oregon, and Creighton were also implicated in the FBI’s investigation into shoe companies and agents funneling money to top recruits to go to certain schools in exchange for deals at the next level.

One program you haven’t heard much about in all this? Kentucky. Yet, Jeff Goodman couldn’t help but bring up John Calipari’s program while discussing the scandal today.

In an interview with Nick Coffey on “The Red Zone” on 790 KRD, Goodman said that if NCAA deems shoe companies boosters moving forward, it will open up a “can of worms” because it’s a well-known fact that Nike helps Kentucky get players, lumping the Cats with Oregon, which allegedly offered an “astronomical amount of money” for Brian Bowen before Bowen’s family decided to take the $100,000 deal to go to Louisville.

“It’s a completely different world if that happens. Obviously, the difference here is you’ve got actual proof of money going from shoe companies to parents of recruits, whether it’s Brian Bowen’s father in one case, or Billy Preston’s mother at Kansas and thus deeming them boosters. That’s kind of the way the NCAA is trying to operate here to try to get them.

“If they do that, I just don’t understand how that’s going to go going forward because let’s face it, Nike is helping Kentucky. We know that. Nike is helping Oregon. We know that. Now, I don’t know if we can prove the money going, again, from a Nike individual to the parent of a recruit going to whether it’s Oregon or Kentucky or Under Armour, Maryland, again, other Adidas schools. There’s so much that goes on. So, I don’t know if they really want to open that can of worms, but it looks like that’s what they’re doing here.”

Coffey shared Goodman’s quote about Kentucky on Twitter, which drew exactly the response you’d expect from Kentucky fans. When a Kentucky fan asked if Nike was helping Duke too, Goodman said “of course”:

Speaking of Duke, Coffey asked Goodman what he made of the lawsuit against Zion Williamson and how it could potentially implicate the Blue Devils. His response? It’s all for naught because it will likely get settled before anything interesting comes to light and Duke is too smart to be directly tied to payments.

“A lot of us had heard the rumors of the family staying in a $700,000 house in Durham while he was going to school at Duke. Listen: number one, I don’t think we’re going to see Duke’s fingerprints on anything that may have happened. The allegations that came out with him getting money from shoe companies, whatnot, a financial guy, anything like that, I just can’t see it. We’re in the middle of the federal investigation when Zion went to Duke. I think they’re a little bit smarter than that than to put their fingerprints on it. I think if something does come out, it’s going to involve a third party but not involve Duke.”

Goodman casually throwing Kentucky’s name in with schools tied to the scandal isn’t surprising given his history of trolling the program, but here’s my question for him: if it’s so well-known that Nike helps Kentucky get players ala Oregon and Duke, why has Calipari missed on so many top guys the last five years?

You can hear Goodman’s comments below starting around the 1:30:00 mark.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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46 Comments for Jeff Goodman: “Nike is helping Kentucky. We know that”

  1. StuckinLville
    1:02 pm May 12, 2020 Permalink

    What a troll. The heat is on Duke yet he wants to deflect it to us. Pretty sure Duke has been getting those recruits over us so tell me again how they are helping us.

  2. UKinIN
    1:04 pm May 12, 2020 Permalink

    Tyler, your final question is the best. Why would UK miss out on so many players if they’re playing the same game as other schools?

  3. big cat
    1:09 pm May 12, 2020 Permalink

    Did someone hit Goodman in the mouth….or does he really have a pansy slur?

  4. Headhurts
    1:16 pm May 12, 2020 Permalink

    So why can’t Nike help us gets big man?

  5. Hot Stuff Eddie Gilbert
    1:19 pm May 12, 2020 Permalink

    We have gotten roughly 40 all Americans in the last decade. You would have to be a complete idiot to think we didn’t get help getting some of these kids. Not saying they are paid by UK at all. Just saying it would be foolish to think all 40 kids came here without them or their handlers getting something. Almost impossible. That is what you used to see a kids final list often times be all the same show company schools. It was comical to see.

    • Hot Stuff Eddie Gilbert
      1:20 pm May 12, 2020 Permalink

      Shoe company schools

  6. Aar
    1:21 pm May 12, 2020 Permalink

    If one brand of shoes is cool to high school kids, then all colleges sponsored by that brand are being helped by that sponsorship. Period. I doubt anybody wants to cut off shoe company sponsorships of college athletic programs.

    So, where does the line get drawn?

    Trolls troll to get clicks as job justification. If you dislike Goodman’s trolling of BBN, don’t click.

  7. lexattorney
    1:32 pm May 12, 2020 Permalink

    PLEASE ignore this idiot. His anti-UK schtick was old 10 years ago and being banned from the program has made him even more desperate for attention. Ignore it and it will go away.

    • luvmycats15
      2:34 pm May 12, 2020 Permalink


    • Rixter
      4:29 pm May 12, 2020 Permalink

      He actually said he ‘KNOWS’ something, but ‘(doesn’t) know if we can prove the money going, from a Nike individual to the parent of a recruit”
      Knows. Can’t prove.
      Isn’t that the exact definition of an OPINION?

  8. riandri
    1:36 pm May 12, 2020 Permalink

    I find it interesting that Wiggins and Williamson, just to name two was a strong lean to Kentucky and at the last minute went to Kansas and Duke. Maybe, just maybe it had something to do with Coach (and UK) saying NO to payments!

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      3:49 pm May 12, 2020 Permalink

      Actually all the experts had Zion going to Clemson and UK #2, so that made his choice even more of a head-scratcher.

    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      4:24 pm May 12, 2020 Permalink

      Just as many said Kansas was the top school at 1 point in time, right before all the allegations against Self started happening.

  9. jim tom
    1:41 pm May 12, 2020 Permalink

    Cheating had existed since the beginning of time. Don’t be so naive to think it doesn’t

  10. Blueballz
    1:44 pm May 12, 2020 Permalink

    If you don’t think we cheat like every other school, you’re an idiot

    • Hot Stuff Eddie Gilbert
      1:54 pm May 12, 2020 Permalink

      Exactly. Some think we just happened to get the 40 burger boys the last 10 years That were clean. And all 40 had handlers that didn’t want a dime to come to UK. Even though other schools were offering them cash. All 40 said no and decided to come here for free. Lol.

    • dkcr96
      2:20 pm May 12, 2020 Permalink

      There’s allot of idiots on here who believe we don’t. I love UK as much as anybody, but we’re playing the same game as these other teams. Maybe not to the same extent or as blatant but still the same game.

    • StuckinLville
      2:39 pm May 12, 2020 Permalink

      Maybe it’s the fact that it’s UK and Coach Cal’s track record for getting guys into the NBA. That’s how you get 40 All Americans. And as you see, not all of those AA’s panned out. How about you just focus on the schools that are being busted, not the ones you want to assume. You guys are some kind of stupid.

    • dkcr96
      3:03 pm May 12, 2020 Permalink

      You’re some kind of naive. Bam received payment according to fbi docs as did jarred vanderbilt. That’s just from the fbi probe on shoe companies that weren’t Nike. I don’t believe we directly pay players from boosters like the old days but most of these guys are top 30 recruits. They can get to the NBA from any school they choose. So yeah I must be some kind of stupid to think a player would come here for nothing over say Kansas for 100k.

    • StuckinLville
      3:45 pm May 12, 2020 Permalink

      There is a difference in a shoe company doing something and the school having knowledge about it. You all are implying UK and Cal knows about it, which is just stupid on your part.

    • Bluehender
      6:29 pm May 12, 2020 Permalink

      There’s a lot of idiots on here. That’s for sure…

    • 4everUKBlue
      8:47 pm May 12, 2020 Permalink

      Yeah that’s why we’ve missed on so many players….what a bunch of iditots! If they’re pay for play players they’re going to the highest bidder, Zion proved that. So you idiots that think we cheat just like every other program must believe that we are consistently getting outbid….Really? Cal has been under the microscope for years and if they had even one scintilla of evidence he was cheating we’d get the death penalty. The funny thing is that since Cal’s been in Lexington neither his name nor the program has been mentioned once in connection to any inappropriate activity whatsoever. Weird isn’t it?

  11. lecantrell
    1:51 pm May 12, 2020 Permalink

    Goodman is an idot with his head up Due and Coack K’s [email protected]@

  12. eyebleedblue
    1:57 pm May 12, 2020 Permalink

    ‘Heard the rumors of his parents in a $700,000 house’. If only there was a profession that investigated rumors like that? There is a reason the media’s popularity is lower than virtually every other profession and down the list with used car salesman.

    Jeff Goodman is the very definition of ‘non essential’ employee.

  13. Trinity45
    1:59 pm May 12, 2020 Permalink

    Well unless he has proof, which obviously he doesn’t then the moron doesn’t know anything.

  14. UKLugo
    2:06 pm May 12, 2020 Permalink

    Goodman is an idiot. Always has been. Seems like he always will be.

  15. BobbyBlue
    2:09 pm May 12, 2020 Permalink

    Goodman is so irrelevant,this is not worth discussing, and playing into his hands.

  16. VilleCat11
    2:19 pm May 12, 2020 Permalink

    Haters gonna hate…

  17. blueNtheFace
    2:22 pm May 12, 2020 Permalink

    This just in: Jeff Goodman is an idiot looking for clicks!!

  18. Poppschmidty
    2:28 pm May 12, 2020 Permalink

    If we were getting help from Nike we would’ve already gotten rid of the damn checkerboards. haha

  19. StuckinLville
    2:38 pm May 12, 2020 Permalink

    Cracks me up how you all just assume UK cheats cuz other schools do it. If UK cheats, why have we missed on so many players lately? There’s a reason why Cal doesn’t offer certain players. You guys should just go cheer for a school you know that cheats. With UK’s history and Cal’s history, you really think Sandy Bell is going to allow that? Especially with UK and Cal’s knowledge like Bill Self? Idiots.

  20. dhard
    2:43 pm May 12, 2020 Permalink

    Hey Goodman, if we all know it, prove it? You spout nonsense with zero facts. Here is your chance to bring your hate to fruition, simply prove your facts that you claim everyone knows. There, Jeff, I have given you the formula for you becoming relevant.

  21. UKgrad80
    3:16 pm May 12, 2020 Permalink

    No one listens to that chipmunk face ass anyway!

  22. T-Town Cat
    3:35 pm May 12, 2020 Permalink

    I’m sure the NCAA’s phone number is listed. If Goodman and all the other people that “know” UK cheats would just submit their proof to them, we can close the issue and move on.

  23. Swizzle
    3:37 pm May 12, 2020 Permalink

    Someone with mastiff jawls needs some attention guys.

  24. dkcr96
    3:59 pm May 12, 2020 Permalink

    You changed the argument. The argument is whether Uk gets any of these players where shoe companies pay either the player or their handler’s. No I don’t think Cal directly knowingly pays these players. I’m saying UK fans are crazy if they think we don’t have players who have either been paid directly or indirectly to their handler’s from shoe companies or agents. Believing otherwise is being completely naïve with the caliber of players we recruit. For the record I don’t think Coach K is directly involved with paying players either. I think it’s a flawed system and you can’t tell me that it doesn’t affect our players. We just don’t get the “good guys” You sound like the parent of the kid who hangs out with druggies but yet his kid doesn’t do them.

  25. thecatster
    4:14 pm May 12, 2020 Permalink

    Cal came in with every media microscope dialed in awaiting his downfall since they were certain he was a cheater. My opinion, he was good enough to lay one hell of a foundation with his first UK class and their NBA paths that it allowed him to pull just shy of everyone he wanted. If he did cheat with all of the eyes he had on him, then he’s the best cheater ever. Which, if that’s the case………WE’RE #1!!!!!!

  26. Catcasey1
    4:27 pm May 12, 2020 Permalink

    I hope cal and/or U.K. ask for proof or they sue his a$$ for everything he has

  27. Basteballer
    5:30 pm May 12, 2020 Permalink

    Goodman, Tipton, Forde, O’Neill, the Shaughnessy dude, Thamel… these are some of the people I quit reading or listening to a long time ago.

  28. BigBluSoTru
    7:00 pm May 12, 2020 Permalink

    Sandy Bell checks out every recruit personally she has told the shoe company exec . Do not attempt too make any overtures to any UK prosopect. And if she suspects any misdeed you bet she hammers that shoe company exec.She reports directly to Cal on each recruits status. Shoe company execs fear her name they would not dare attempt to offer any Uk recruits family anything.Calipari runs the cleanest program in all NCAA BB that’s a fact. God bless Calipari

  29. jaws2
    8:38 pm May 12, 2020 Permalink

    Anything about UK is great for clicks and he knows it. I sure as hell wouldn’t bother.

  30. clarks
    9:05 pm May 12, 2020 Permalink

    We were spose to b zion favorite for couple years but stopped recruiting him and finished outside top 5. Arizona #1 pick, some reason name has slipped my mind, visited one time and said no way. All these top kids getting something in aau for decades, all of em. Naive to think otherwise but that doesnt have anything to do with uk as long as we dont know about it. We investigate thoroughly before accepting commitments, as a matter of fact didnt accept Davis for 2 weeks while they looked into rumors. Goodman should be fired for spouting that crap with no rumors or facts to speak of. #fakenews

  31. Buffalo Cat
    10:33 am May 13, 2020 Permalink

    Kinda slanderous comments without support.

  32. Alleykat16
    1:59 pm May 13, 2020 Permalink

    I believe UK spends it’s money on the program to run like a NBA team. When players get to the NBA they know what to expect. The players that have gotten drafted say it all the time they are ready when they get there because of the way UK gets them ready. Other schools run their programs like college and we run our program like professionals.