UK is now part of one of the biggest scandals in the history of college athletics.
Former players Nerlens Noel and Bam Adebayo, as well as current Wildcat Kevin Knox, have all been linked to the ongoing FBI investigation into college hoops corruption.
The report details how former NBA agent Andy Miller, his former associate Christian Dawkins and his agency, ASM Sports, were involved with various college basketball players, including Knox, Noel and Adebayo.
The report of those players’ involvement just came Friday morning, and now, UK is taking action. According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, school president Eli Capilouto says that the school will conduct an internal review and cooperate with authorities.
“We learned late last night of a report from Yahoo Sports that provides more details regarding documents related to the federal investigation of potential NCAA violations,” Capilouto said. “We began immediately to conduct our due diligence and we will cooperate fully with any appropriate authorities. That is our commitment as a university to our Board of Trustees and to the Commonwealth.”
UK athletics director Mitch Barnhart added that UK had not been contacted by the FBI, but the school has already contacted both the NCAA and SEC.
While it doesn’t appear the damage is severe for UK, this is just the beginning of what’s going to be a long investigation and process by the school and NCAA. This won’t end before the current basketball season ends, and based on the history of NCAA investigations, this could drag on well into 2019 before there’s final closure.