Though most have known the reports were coming, Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports released an official report Friday morning that included three Kentucky Wildcats, among many other active and former college basketball players, receiving money from an agency called ASM Sports.
Head agent Andy Miller, along with his former associate Christian Dawkins, are the two tied to giving the listed players thousands of dollars.
The three Kentucky Wildcats in the report are Bam Adebayo, Kevin Knox and Nerlens Noel. Noel played just half a season for the Cats before suffering an ACL tear that plagued Kentucky’s season into missing the NCAA Tournament and even being bounced in the first round of the NIT.
Adebayo was a star big for the Cats last season. Adebayo, along with teammates De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk, powered Kentucky for a late March run that came up just short in the Elite Eight thanks to Luke Maye’s heartbreaking shot in the final seconds.
Knox, of course, is currently on the team and is definitely Kentucky’s most talented player on offense. Losing him for the season would be Noel-like. But as the potential loss would come at the end of the season rather than the peak, they would surely still make the NCAA Tournament.
So for the consequences, the 2012-2013 wins for Kentucky are not only fewer than any season Calipari has had but also not considered to be in danger.
However, the entire 2016-2017 season being vacated is certainly an option that seems likely with Bam being on the team last year.
Knox, as previously said, could potentially lose his eligibility for the season. However, his father has publicly denied any meeting with Miller.
So, in reality, the most likely consequence for Kentucky is the 2016-2017 season being totally vacated.
It’s far and away the most detrimental scenario for Kentucky, as Kansas is second on the all-time wins list by 19 wins. Vacating all of last season (32 wins) would knock off Kentucky as the all-time wins leader.
Head coach John Calipari will speak at his usual press conference at 2:45 P.M. EDT today.
The President of UK, UK Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart and Calipari have all released a statement regarding the report.
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