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Kentucky Basketball Players Subject of NCAA Probe

7/2/2010 6:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has learned the NCAA is taking an aggressive look at University of Kentucky basketball players -- past and current -- and their possible involvement with professional agents.

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According to a source who was interviewed by an NCAA investigator, the agency is interested in at least four players -- two current and two who were just drafted by NBA teams.

In the case of one former Wildcat, we're told the NCAA wants to know about his relationship with his current agent. We're told the investigator asked about multiple meetings the agent allegedly had with the player ... dating back to the player's senior year in high school.

The insinuation is the agent had an arrangement with the player before he went to Kentucky. 

It is a violation of NCAA rules for a student athlete to receive anything of value from an agent -- or
to have any agreements, verbally or in writing, with an agent. Just ask USC, Reggie Bush or OJ Mayo.

Kentucky "declined comment" -- and a rep for the NCAA tells us, "The NCAA does not comment on current, pending or potential investigations."


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31.

EJXD2    

All these "UK is back on top" comments are hilarious. Since when does getting blown out in an elite 8 game constitute as being "back on top"?

1571 days ago
32.

Michael    

I would like to take this moment to thank UK fans for further exposing the world to their 'missing-a-few-bricks' mindset.

Would love to be in the TMZ office to partake in the many laughs that they'll get to enjoy for the coming hours, days, months.

UK fans are a riot and the best part is, they don't realize the nation is laughing at them.

1571 days ago
33.

CardinalFanInTx    

I am a dire hard Louisville fan, born and raised. Being from Louisville, I have also had a chance to see and learn about Kentucky. Beyond some of the bad racial history the school has, I must admit that they are one of the top 5 basketball programs in the country. However, I cannot believe that their fans did not see this coming when they hired Cailpari. It is true, he has yet to be caught cheating. But you gotta belive that eventually, he was/is going to get caught. If the story is true, as was the case with Chris Mills, then they should get buried by the NCAA.

1571 days ago
34.

Big daddy    

No UK2K! it's just that simple.

1571 days ago
35.

joemama    

TMZ is nothing but a website for nerds and high school dropouts

1571 days ago
36.

Cats Suck    

The ball is about to drop on this once proud program. When you are coached by a CHEATER this is what you get... Look at the track record! Hope that arrogant program enjoyed its "greatest moment in UK basketball history" on draft night because there is a lot more to come and this is just the tip of the iceburg!

1571 days ago
37.

Steve    

I hate KY as much as anyone, but come on with the trash talk if they did something wrong then hopefully the ncaa finds out and punishes them if not....They just get some good recruits some how...

1571 days ago
38.

justsayin    

SBS - actually it was FIVE draft picks (most ever) Just sayin'.

1571 days ago
39.

don    

why should anyone have to kiss to the gods at the ncaa before they go to any ncaa school or why should any school be liable to the gods at the ncaa for something that some teenager may have done before they go to that school, and who gave this bunch of power hunger, money grabbing bunch jerks any power anyway...ncaa is a self serving, money eating worm who cares nothing about these kids...

1571 days ago
40.

BigBlue    

A probe? All these haters are getting their undies filthed at the mention of a probe?

I could write a letter explaining how Kemba Walker told me he had a verbal agreement with an agent before I signed with UCONN and get an NCAA probe started.

All you haters enjoy the probe because it's about as close as you're going to get to seeing UK sanctioned by the NCAA.

If the University if Kentucky's compliance office didn't find anything wrong with these player's eligibility, then there's nothing there for the NCAA to find.

Hate on!

1571 days ago
41.

Sarah    

BigBlue is an idiot. The USC compliance office didn't have a problem with Reggie Bush's eligibility either and looked what happened to them. If you think compliance offices aren't in on scandals and cover-ups, then you know NOTHING about college athletics. Sure, cheating goes on everywhere...but only the obvious and sloppy cheaters get caught. There were already stories about Bledsoe's eligibility...and normally where there's smoke, there's fire. Just ask USC and Bush.

1571 days ago
42.

Rob    

I think the one player they are talking about is John Wall and his relationship with Lebron. Funny how Wall is apart of Lebron's agency now. UK is dirty and Calimari is the janitor with his hand in the toilet.

1571 days ago
43.

Tim    

UK has just recently said there is no investigation what so ever being done by the NCAA into the basketball program. This is just another lie by a sleezy media source.

1571 days ago
44.

BigBlue    

Sarah,

Yeah, that was USC ... not UK.

We've been through the Eddie Sutton years. This is the most prestigious program in the history of College basketball. And we hired the most notorious coach in the NCAA KNOWING that Memphis was going to be sanctioned.

Don't think we'd up our compliance staff a little?

1571 days ago
45.

BigBlue    

Oh yeah, I forgot that this is a message board on TMZ and slinging insults is a requirement.

Sarah is a retard and thinks basketball players shoot fieldgoals for penalties.

1571 days ago
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