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Derek Willis will not miss games due to offseason arrest

Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

It looks like Derek Willis is in the clear now.

On Thursday, Kentucky head coach John Calipari met with the media to discuss Sunday's charity softball game. There, Calipari revealed that Willis will not miss any games during the 2016-17 season as a result of his offseason arrest.

"Derek knows that he’s under a different eye now than he was," Calipari said.

Calipari also declined to reveal what internal punishment Willis has/will go through, but did confirm a suspension from games was not a part of it.

Willis, a senior forward from Bullitt East, was arrested in June for public intoxication in Northern Kentucky. Police arrived on the scene to find Willis on the ground outside the open driver’s side door of a vehicle and reported a "strong odor of associated with alcohol" coming from inside said vehicle.

But to this point, there has been no definitive word as to whether or not Willis was the driver, which led to him getting just a PI charge instead of a DUI. Derek's father, Del Willis, later claimed his son was not driving that night.

Perhaps that is true if Calipari is not suspending Willis for even an exhibition game.