A former Kentucky Wildcats assistant is in hot water involving allegations with another program.
Bradley Dale Peveto, Kentucky’s special teams coordinator in 2013, is facing scrutiny that includes allegations of him paying to entertain recruits on visits with the Texas A&M Aggies.
The allegations come from now-former Texas A&M Aggie Santino Marchiol, who said he was given “hundreds of dollars in cash” to entertain recruits on unofficial visits on multiple occasions. Here’s the full description from USA Today:
On two separate weekends this spring, Marchiol told USA TODAY Sports, he was given hundreds of dollars in cash by linebackers coach Bradley Dale Peveto to entertain prospects on unofficial visits. Those recruiting visits occurred, he said, following the April 14 spring game with Zach Edwards, a three-star linebacker from Starkville, Mississippi, and the second weekend in June with four-star linebacker Christian Harris (now a Texas A&M verbal commitment) and Nakobe Dean from Horn Lake, Mississippi, ranked as the No. 1 inside linebacker in the country by Rivals.com.
NCAA rules did allow programs to supply recruits $40 per day on official visits, but since this involves unofficial visits, it would violate NCAA rules, if true.
Peveto was hired by Jimbo Fisher to join the Aggies’ staff this offseason. He worked for the LSU Tigers and Ole Miss Rebels between his time at Kentucky and his hiring at Texas A&M. He has been coaching at the college level since 1987.
These allegations are part of a broader criticism of Texas A&M’s program under Fisher, who hasn’t even been at the head of the program for nine months yet. These are rough allegations to be facing this early on.
Texas A&M released a statement regarding the allegations.
“Texas A&M Athletics takes these allegations seriously, and we are reviewing the situation with the NCAA and the SEC Office,” the statement read, according to USA Today.
You can read the full story and all its details from USA Today’s Dan Wolken.