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Two Kentucky players mentioned in FBI scandal document handed over to NCAA

The FBI has given the NCAA the go-ahead to move forward with their investigations into possible rules violations by the schools mentioned in its probe into college basketball. Tonight, ESPN is reporting that former Kentucky player Jarred Vanderbilt and current Cat Ashton Hagans were two of 19 players mentioned in a business plan would-be agent Christian Dawkins proposed to his partners back in September 2017.

Vanderbilt’s mention is the more concerning of the two considering he had already signed with Kentucky and was on campus at the time of the email. From ESPN:

According to the email, Dawkins planned to give Vanderbilt’s family $30,000 in travel expenses to watch him play for the Wildcats last season, plus his father was going to get a $25,000 signing bonus when his son turned pro.

“Brother Jamal and dad will also be a part of the deal, and receive 25% of our income on all sides,” Dawkins wrote.

Dawkins proposed giving Vanderbilt a $100,000 line of credit and $25,000 advance on his marketing revenue if he was projected as a lottery pick at the end of the 2017-18 season.

Vanderbilt played in only 14 games for the Wildcats because of a foot injury and was a second-round pick of the Magic.

Dawkins also mentioned Hagans, now a freshman at Kentucky, as a future recruit he was also targeting, along with 2019 prospect James Wiseman.

Dawkins also planned to recruit 2019 point guard prospect Ashton Hagans of Cartersville, Georgia, who reclassified to the 2018 class and is a freshman at Kentucky. According to the email, Dawkins wanted to pay Hagans $2,000 per month from October 2017 to October 2018, then $3,000 monthly through April 2020.

It’s important to note that, unlike some of the players mentioned in the plan, there is no proof that Vanderbilt or Hagans agreed to this plan or even met or communicated with Dawkins. For more, click the link below.



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35 Comments for Two Kentucky players mentioned in FBI scandal document handed over to NCAA

  1. davis2319
    10:00 pm November 7, 2018 Permalink

    Well shit. Hagans does not need to touch the floor until all of this gets settled. Good thing Vanderbilt only played in about 10 games.

    • Bobbum Man
      10:05 pm November 7, 2018 Permalink

      There’s nothing actually implicating Hagans why in the world would he sit? This is just the idea Dawkins had unless more comes out

    • davis2319
      10:31 pm November 7, 2018 Permalink

      Did you not just read where he was mentioned in the documents? Lol regardless if he did anything or not he was mentioned specifically by name. If he didn’t do anything then he needs to play. But if there is any doubt whatsoever I wouldn’t play him until it’s cleared

    • Bobbum Man
      10:50 pm November 7, 2018 Permalink

      Did you? All it is is that Dawkins guys plans, without any proof of Hagans being involved it’s meaningless and there’s 0 chance he doesn’t play

    • ukcamel
      9:13 am November 8, 2018 Permalink

      “I hereby plan to pay Zion Williamson, RJ Barrett and Cam Reddish each $20 a week and Zion also gets a free Big Mac with fries and a Coke.”

      Duke, you better sit those guys.

    • CATandMONKEY
      9:27 am November 8, 2018 Permalink

      Thank you, ukcamel.

      Beat me to it and your response was far more humorous and pithy than mine. I was just going to offer them cash.

  2. davis2319
    10:01 pm November 7, 2018 Permalink

    Like the article said there is no proof of any communication between this idiot and our guys, could’ve just been a plan he had written to people about. We’ll see.

  3. KYJelly
    10:03 pm November 7, 2018 Permalink

    While concerning, this doesn’t mean anything. Doesn’t mean Cal or KY was involved in the schools this deal would’ve been associated with. Cal promises these kids that they’ll be set for life by coming to KY and him putting them in the league, that’s a better deal than what Dawkins offered

    • mashburnfan1
      11:48 pm November 7, 2018 Permalink

      He has never PUT any player in the league. He recruited NBA ready players, you know the kids that would have been top picks right from High School if allowed. Some stayed as top picks after playing a year at UK and several did not. Cal had nothing to do with it, if you think it was Cal please explain the twins, Poythress, Gabriel, Skal, Bricksoe and many others that were projected picks in High School that had to stay at UK 2-4 years and are gone or border line NBA.

    • StuckinLville
      6:57 am November 8, 2018 Permalink

      Liggins, Harrellson, Miller were not guys protected to the NBA. Gabriel, Briscoe, those guys left too early. Poythress didnt have the heart or work ethic and neither did the twins. But guys like Booker were not supposed to be a one and done but they were. Ulis was never expected to be sec poy but he was. So shut up with that nonsense.

  4. BlooBloodRon
    10:05 pm November 7, 2018 Permalink

    If Hagans is ruled ineligible does that mean we get to wipe the Duke game off the history books? I can live with that ?

    • KYcats11
      10:14 pm November 7, 2018 Permalink


    • Duuuuuude
      10:18 pm November 7, 2018 Permalink

      I am thinking Zion is implicated in the same probe. We can just call it even!

    • syrin23
      11:23 pm November 7, 2018 Permalink

      In all seriousness, pretty much everyone in college bball knows Duke is paying for recruits. Will the NCAA have the balls to do to them what they did to UK after the Eric Daniels fiasco?

    • ukkatzfan
      12:05 am November 8, 2018 Permalink

      Eric Daniels fiasco ? Lmbo. Funny stuff there.

    • Wilfred Smith
      6:06 am November 8, 2018 Permalink

      He knows his stuff….

      Chris Cross scandal too.

    • henderblue
      8:48 am November 8, 2018 Permalink

      syrin23…No. No they won’t. Duke is the darlings of the NCAA. NCAA has no balls when it comes to Duke.

  5. zoupman
    10:18 pm November 7, 2018 Permalink

    Vanderbilt was a tool from A to Z. Glad he is gone.

  6. Urolex
    10:43 pm November 7, 2018 Permalink

    Man…I would absolutely hate to vacate that game last night

  7. UKinIN
    10:53 pm November 7, 2018 Permalink

    No mention of the players or their families agreeing or participating. Reads like Dawkins was targeting players and putting together offers. Doesn’t mean they were ever made.

  8. Peter Criss
    11:05 pm November 7, 2018 Permalink

    It’s UK + Coach Cal, so national media will be all over this, regardless of the benign nature of the report.

  9. UKfanman01
    11:08 pm November 7, 2018 Permalink

    Eff it. Zion and K will never get nailed. Play em

  10. Catlogic15
    4:44 am November 8, 2018 Permalink

    Dawkins “plan” was just that, a plan. I also have a plan to win Power Ball.

  11. StuckinLville
    6:54 am November 8, 2018 Permalink

    This was all proposals. There’s a difference between that and actually doing it.

  12. rickwhitetx
    8:00 am November 8, 2018 Permalink

    No school officials/coaches are named in Dawkins’ business plan, just players and their families. Also, no mention in the business plan or the article of whether the plan was carried out with any of the players. The schools mentioned should probably suspend the current collegiate players mentioned in the business plan and carry out their own investigation to determine whether the player, or his family, received money from Dawkins’ organization. The colleges would be able to investigate the individual players much quicker than the NCAA would. The NCAA is going to drag this thing out for years. Some of the players mentioned in the plan will be retired from pro basketball by the time the NCAA finishes investigating.

  13. gnbkats
    8:05 am November 8, 2018 Permalink

    I don’t know guys. I love my cats, but this seems like “where there is smoke there is fire.” I hate to see us bury our heads in the sand and act like we didn’t already have a sense that this could be a strong possibility. It looks bad on us to deny deny like all the other fan bases we have made fun of for the past two years. I doubt that anyone would make such a detailed business plan without researching what was possible or what these kids and families were proposing. The plan to pay Vanderbilt, especially the details about who and how his other family members were going to be involved, seems so specific that someone in the Vanderbilt camp must have asked for a compensation plan. Why would the plan include specific family members and not others, unless Dawkins had been proposed something by someone who was a beneficiary of this very specific structure of compensation? Let’s support our team and all try to stay as positive as we can considering how terrible this past week has been, but let’s not be willingly ignorant because it just makes it look worse. I don’t know where we go from here, or how the sport is going to look in the next three years or so, but at least we could start to accept the possibility that our program has been doing all the things that everyone else has been doing. Its time to start accepting and moving forward, instead of whatever the hell Rick Pitino is doing right now with his obvious guilt.

    • StuckinLville
      9:07 am November 8, 2018 Permalink

      What are we denying? That there were proposals? It’s called a proposal for a reason. These other fans bases players like at Kansas were straight paid. There’s a difference.

    • CATandMONKEY
      9:29 am November 8, 2018 Permalink


    8:20 am November 8, 2018 Permalink

    Agents “target” recruits just like schools. It doesn’t mean he ever had a conversation with them or their families. Even if he did, as long as no money was exchanged then there is nothing to see. I find the Hagans accusation very suspect since his recruitment didn’t really heat up until the FBI investigation was already under way. He was an idiot for targeting Vanderbilt after his injury plagued HS career anyway.

  15. Racerr11
    8:26 am November 8, 2018 Permalink

    Sounds like Dawkins plan, we don’t have to pay players because Cal coaches them up to be drafted as soon as possible. It would be simple for the school to investigate and have it done in a day. Ask the parents, player or whoever was involved with the kid and if no evidence he still plays, period. If you honestly believe Cal has nothing to do with kids going to the NBA you need to pick another sport to watch, maybe the NFL where there is no respect you would fit right in. How about that blue wave….NOT ?

  16. Larkin123
    9:30 am November 8, 2018 Permalink

    I hope they investigate Kansas. And put the screws to them….. uhhh oh wait…

    “Nothing to see here.. Just smile and wave”


  17. AllBall
    10:03 am November 8, 2018 Permalink

    If it means they have to sit the bench, then I saw a dude give Nick Richards some money. Okay I didn’t, but I will pay him to ride the pine if he continues to suctruggle.

    • Realme
      1:09 pm November 8, 2018 Permalink

      Hate it when they suctruggle.

    • JASUN74
      3:45 pm November 8, 2018 Permalink

      Lmao. Realme. Hahahaha. That just about killed me!!!