LEXINGTON, Ky. — The University of Kentucky announced on Saturday morning that it found no rules violations for current players or staff members in its swift review of a Yahoo Sports report on Friday that connected two former Wildcats and current freshman forward Kevin Knox to an unscrupulous agent.
In a statement, the school said it “immediately reviewed the matter and, based on the available information, determined that there were no eligibility issues or rules violations for any current student-athletes or staff related to Friday’s report. Kentucky will continue to work diligently with both the NCAA and the Southeastern Conference.”
That means Knox should play Saturday against Missouri, as coach John Calipari said Friday he expected.
Knox (or a representative of his) was listed in Yahoo’s report among a group of players who showed up on expense reports (seized by the FBI) for Christian Dawkins, a runner for powerful agent Andy Miller, as having had a meeting or dinner with him. Knox’s father spoke to SEC Country on Friday and vehemently denied having ever met Dawkins or Miller, and said he was confident his son’s eligibility was not in danger.
Former Wildcats players Bam Adebayo and Nerlens Noel also were named on spreadsheets seized by the investigators, both allegedly having received payments from Miller’s agency. The document was dated December 2015, when Adebayo was in high school, and an amount of $36,500 next to his name was described as a “bad loan” — presumably because Adebayo didn’t sign with the agency after his one season at Kentucky.
Adebayo’s high school coach spoke to SEC Country on Friday and said he couldn’t believe the former 5-star recruit would take any money. The coach also said that during the recruitment, Calipari was “always on the up and up.”