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Derek Willis arrest update; Brief comments from John Robic

We should have some closure on this matter sooner rather than later.

Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

As the summer rolls on Derek Willis' status with the Kentucky Wildcats following his arrest is still unknown.

While Willis probably isn't getting dismissed by the team or incurring any long suspension, UK has remained silent for the most part regarding what Willis' punishment will be as a result of his recent arrest for alcohol intoxication in Boone County

Last week, it was revealed that Willis was given diversion in Boone County District Court, according to WDRB in Louisville. Willis will have to complete community service or another court-ordered program in order to expunge the charge from his record.

On Monday, UK assistant coach John Robic was part of an SEC coaches teleconference while sitting in for John Calipari, who is flying back from a Spain recruiting trip.

Robic declined to comment on any punishment by UK for Willis, but did stress how much UK coaches pride themselves in educating their players to prevent incidents like this from occurring.

"I really can’t comment on that at this time," Robic said. "The only thing I will say is we educate our players to the best of our ability, and that’s something that we take a lot of pride in. Hopefully, the guys will listen, and listen and learn."

With Willis accepting diversion in his case, we should expect to hear a statement from Calipari in the near future. My guess is Willis is suspended from the team for a brief period, then is suspended a game or two to open the 2016-17 season.