UK BASKETBALL | Calipari Addresses Yahoo! Sports Report, Updates Kevin Knox's Status

02/23/2018 03:17 PM

After an explosive report from Yahoo! Sports on Friday morning detailing names of players, including Kentucky forward Kevin Knox and two other former Kentucky players, and amounts paid either to them or to family members — head coach John Calipari released a statement saying that he does not have a relationship with agent Andy Miller, who is at the forefront of the FBI probe. Calipari reiterated those sentiments at a press conference on Friday afternoon and added that he would like to move on to talk about Saturday’s game vs Missouri.

That is what this press conference is typically for, to preview the upcoming game – and Deputy Athletic Director DeWayne Peevy opened up the press conference saying that those are the questions Calipari would be asked and nothing more:

Still, most of the questions came about Knox’s eligibility for the game, which is probably the most pressing question for the program at this point, and Calipari said that Knox would play “as far as he knows.”

Losing Knox for any amount of time would severely hamper Kentucky’s offense, at a point where the team is fighting for seeding in both the SEC and NCAA tournaments with only three games left in the regular season. Knox’s eligibility is the forefront issue from the bombshell report, but the biggest concern from the report will be former Kentucky forward Edrice “Bam” Adebayo allegedly taking a loan from Miller’s agency.

If Adebayo did take that money, he would immediately be ruled ineligible for 2016-17 season at that could cause Kentucky to have vacate the wins from that season. It would be even worse for Kentucky if someone associated with the program orchestrated that deal, similar to the Brian Bowen situation at the University of Louisville. Also named in the report was former Kentucky center Nerlens Noel, who was once signed to Miller’s agency. Noel allegedly took payment from Miller in 2015, but Noel was drafted by the New Orleans Pelicans and traded to the Philadelphia 76ers in 2013, meaning the loan would be fair game since he was not at Kentucky at the time.

Kentucky is saying that they don’t know anything at this point, and that could be true because Calipari seemed genuinely unsure if Knox was eligible to play. Either way, the report has to be confirmed before any of it is taken as complete gospel but there will continue to be questions around the program until then.


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