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This quote from the college hoops trial certainly looks good for Kentucky

Since the college hoops scandal broke back in September 2017, all of Kentucky’s haters have been waiting for the program or John Calipari’s name to surface. So far, that hasn’t happened, and today, one of the central figures gave a really good reason as to why.

Merl Code, a former Adidas consultant found guilty of funneling money to recruits to ensure they went to Adidas-sponsored schools and signed deals with the company once they turned pro, said he didn’t want his guys to go to Kentucky because he’d lose control over them. From Adam Zagoria, who is covering the second trial in New York:

Makes sense, doesn’t it?

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30 Comments for This quote from the college hoops trial certainly looks good for Kentucky



  1. Iamheasyouarehe
    11:58 am April 25, 2019 Permalink

    It’s a clean machine, very clean…



    • ukkatzfan
      12:50 pm April 25, 2019 Permalink

      She is a fast machine, she kept her motor clean, she was the best damn woman that i ever seen.



    • runningunnin.454
      1:37 pm April 25, 2019 Permalink

      The Beatles and AC/DC…I like it.



    • Ridge Runner
      5:17 pm April 25, 2019 Permalink

      Love it!



  2. ukjaybrat
    12:00 pm April 25, 2019 Permalink

    and that’s why we haven’t been getting many of the top recruits. because they all got paid to go somewhere else.



    • ukjaybrat
      12:00 pm April 25, 2019 Permalink

      but duke didn’t have that problem… i wonder why ?



    • gobble gobble
      12:03 pm April 25, 2019 Permalink

      Really? We “haven’t been getting many top recruits”??? That’s laughable.



    • Mathlete
      12:54 pm April 25, 2019 Permalink

      I think he means top 5 or better, NBA-ready-out-of-HS guys. The Zions, the Marvin Bagleys, the Wigginses, the Wisemans (although I think his might have actually been clean).



    • 4everUKblue
      1:13 pm April 25, 2019 Permalink

      Nothing clean about the Bagley deal.



  3. CatfaninCinci
    12:00 pm April 25, 2019 Permalink

    Hilarious! I can hear Thamel-toe’s and Forde’s teeth gnashing and grinding as I type…



  4. KYFAN4LYFE
    12:10 pm April 25, 2019 Permalink

    UK is a Nike school, so that’s certainly a large part of how/why he’d “lose control”, duh.



  5. klhfrenchy
    12:10 pm April 25, 2019 Permalink

    He’s an Adidias guy so if course he doesn’t want his kids to go to a Nike school, especially a premier Nike school like UK. Nonetheless Sandy Bell is running a tight ship in the UKAD, hence why we’ve still not come up elsewhere.



    • serdi
      12:40 pm April 25, 2019 Permalink

      Sandy Bell and the system she sent up with the support of CM Newton and Mitch Barnhart in their support to take all steps not to break the rules is so great. It has been 30 years since the basketball program went out of their lane.

      We may not get every kid we would like to talent wise, but I really applaud Cal for not going down that road.

      If and when we win #9, 10, etc. isn’t nice to know that we can win at a minimum trying to stay in the lane.



    • Bluebloodtoo
      3:32 pm April 25, 2019 Permalink

      Serdi… It would be nicer if i didn’t have to think about lavarr ball while reading your post. Just my opinion and all…lol



    • wallywildcat
      12:50 pm April 25, 2019 Permalink

      Great point about Sandy Bell. Although she did get promoted a while back, NOTHING gets past her!



    • Ridge Runner
      5:19 pm April 25, 2019 Permalink

      Yes, Sandy deserves credit for sure!



  6. IndianaSucks
    12:40 pm April 25, 2019 Permalink

    Like someone said above, I’m pretty sure it’s more referring to that UK is the big NIKE school so then Adidas would then lose the recruit. I’m guessing he just randomly stated a Nike school, not directly stating that UK is not involved, just not with Adidas obviously. Hopefully I’m wrong.



    • 3Goggles
      12:45 pm April 25, 2019 Permalink

      I dont buy it. If he wanted to make the point of losing control if the kid went to a Nike school, then just say that. He specifically said Kentucky because Cal doesnt play that shit. He doesnt let outsiders influence his kids and his program. Also, Sandy Bell is a machine



    • IndianaSucks
      6:40 pm April 25, 2019 Permalink

      Everyone is missing the point. I’m not saying UK did or has done anything wrong. Just because Cal/UK had nothing to do with it doesn’t mean someone didn’t get paid by some rep or agent at some point. I’ve never thought Cal would cheat because he doesn’t have to do that here. To think that it’s just not possible, though, is completely naive.



    • BallDontLie
      1:12 pm April 25, 2019 Permalink

      Some of you need to go check and see which logo arizona and lsu have on their jerseys. Hint, its not adidas. So i doubt its just because UK is a nike school.



    • makeitstop
      6:50 pm April 25, 2019 Permalink

      Ummm or Duke would’ve come to mind if he was randomly pulling Nike schools out of thin air.



  7. Duuuuuude
    1:00 pm April 25, 2019 Permalink

    But did Calipari obstruct the investigation? He didn’t say he didn’t.



  8. Bobbum Man
    1:01 pm April 25, 2019 Permalink

    Meh… I don’t read much into this other than he’s an adidas guy and obviously didn’t want them to go to Kentucky



  9. Bluebloodtoo
    1:52 pm April 25, 2019 Permalink

    Along with other commenters, i don’t think that’s a clear correlation. There easily may be other implications there…



  10. walden
    1:56 pm April 25, 2019 Permalink

    Say what you want, Calipari knows he can’t have bag men running around like other schools because he is always under the microscope. Cal is way to smart for that, self made multi-millionaires aren’t idiots. He knows everyone is watching and he wouldn’t get away with it.

    If for no other reason than that, the program won’t get caught up in the scandals like these other schools.



  11. bigbluenationmbb
    3:09 pm April 25, 2019 Permalink

    Apparently under oath unc duke and Kentucky had in place to pay for Zions family



    • StillBP
      3:20 pm April 25, 2019 Permalink

      under oath some guy said he knew those schools would have things lined up if needed, but of course that was his opinion and nothing else to back any of it up.



  12. KYCat4EVER
    4:15 pm April 25, 2019 Permalink

    We’ve run a very clean program ever since Sutton resigned and Pitino and CM Newton came to campus…. just hope it will continue to keep the controls in place!

    GO BIG BLUE!



  13. BackinBlue
    4:57 pm April 25, 2019 Permalink

    Well yeah! We pay more… gesss



  14. Calllikeiseeittheintelligentversion
    2:11 am April 26, 2019 Permalink

    Cause if you go to Kentucky you’ll never want for money again. We cheat so bad we pay for the walkons supplies, tuition, books, food, clothes, and housing.