Kentucky basketball will conduct an internal investigation based off a report on Friday morning that Kentucky freshman Kevin Knox and former players Bam Adebayo and Nerlens Noel received improper benefits from an agent.
Kentucky coach John Calipari issued the following statement on Friday:
“I have no relationship with Andy Miller or any of his associates,” Calipari said of the agent outlined in federal documents. “Neither my staff nor I utilized any agent, including Andy Miller or any of his associates, to provide any financial benefits to a current or former Kentucky student-athlete. We will cooperate fully with the appropriate authorities.”
Kentucky athletic director Mitch Barnhart and university president Eli Capilouto also issued statements.
“We are aware of the report [Friday] by Yahoo Sports,” Barnhart said. “We have not been contacted by the FBI or the NCAA, but since learning of the report, we have reached out to both the NCAA and our league office. We will be conducting an internal review. At this time, we have no further comment.”
Capilouto said Kentucky officials learned of Yahoo’s report on Thursday night.
“We began immediately to conduct our due diligence, and we will cooperate fully with any appropriate authorities,” Capilouto said. “That is our commitment as a university to our Board of Trustees and to the Commonwealth. I will keep you informed of any developments should they arise in this matter.”
Calipari will meet with the media at a prescheduled 2:15 p.m. ET news conference on Friday. Kentucky and Missouri play at 8:15 p.m. ET on Saturday at Rupp Arena.
It is unclear whether Knox, a freshman forward, will play on Saturday. But SEC Country spoke with Kevin Knox Sr., who denied ever meeting Miller or associate Christian Dawkins.
“Obviously, the investigation is still going on, but the only comment I can say is I’ve never met Christian Dawkins before or Andy Miller, and if they sat next to me at the grocery store, I wouldn’t know who they were,” Kevin Knox Sr. said.
“Out of respect for the NCAA investigation and the University of Kentucky investigation into this, I’d just say that I’ve never met Christian Dawkins or Andy Miller before and leave it at that.”