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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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61.

jonnie    

It's about time the NCAA did something about what goes on at UK.I was beginning to wonder if some of the $$$$ had found it's way to them. Have some balls NCAA, sink the Cheaters and get you're respect back.

1485 days ago
62.

Fredo    

Kentucky fans are a hilarious, albeit very different breed. You wanted Calipari, you got him. Now, you're just reaping what you've sown.......you're programs going down. Was it worth it?

1485 days ago
63.

Stephanie Adams    

I have a question who is the 4 players?? I didn't see their names in the report. I'm Kentucky fan have been for years and I do think people will start running their mouths because Kentucky is back on top and they don't like that. I know of one who they are trying to get something on but I won't say the name for to believe this you have to give me the names.

Thank you,
Stephanie Adams

1485 days ago
64.

Bruce Whitaker    

Wow! All you UK fans are commenting on this as though these players are all jumping into your boat because UK is the ONLY place for these guys to go. There couldn't be cheating involved, all the great players want to go to UK. Well you've forgotten that Coach Cal's first class - Wall, et al, had all signed to go to Memphis. in fact if Cal had stayed at Memphis, Xavier Henry would have gone there also. that class would have easily exceeded the "Fab 5" as the best ever. I guess Memphis was the best basketball destination the year before huh.

1485 days ago
65.

myopinion    

UK FANS GET OVER YOURSELF! This isn't a new problem with Calipari and the NCAA is not targeting you out of spite or jealousy ( you didn't even make the final four). This type of problem will follow Calipari where ever he goes....this is how he coaches. Not a good floor coach, but boy can he convince top kids to come play for him or should I say he and World Wide Wes do. Boy I bet Calipari is upset that he wasn't able to dodge this investigation too by getting the Chicago Bulls coaching job. This is the first time he has been around to face the music with the NCAA. Have fun UK fans...You wanted him, now you have him and all his garbage..

1485 days ago
66.

Ivan    

Drama will always follow coach Charlatan all the way to hell...

1485 days ago
67.

supremecommander6644    

I hope they nail him to the Wall. He is a lying, self-serving, cheater. If any of the KYjelly nation think he places their interest above his or the players, they are saddly mistaken.

1485 days ago
68.

kerob    

to all uk fans that feel that their program is back on top please explain to me how that it is so? last season you were in the NIT(didn't win it)and this year you had 5 first round draft picks yet you didn't go past the elite 8? Granted you had a very good season but still it's not a final 4 or NCAA championship.

1485 days ago
69.

tony    

i say if you get over 30 wins in a season, you're back on top of your game. Doesn't mean a bunch of freshmen will not have an off night.

1485 days ago
70.

tony    

You can't find anything on another website about the investigations. UK was not No. 1 last year. We're just the no. 1 all time winningest program in college basketball.

1485 days ago
71.

KY Fan    

Coach Cal is a crook and needs to stop coaching basketball. He is a crooked as a snake and now we are stuck with him. Damn it.

1485 days ago
72.

got it like that!!    

HAAAAA THEIR ARE THE CHEATINGEST BUNCH OF DUMBASS FOOLS! GLAD THEIR FINALLY GETTING WHAT THEY DESERVE! THEIR SO STUPID THEY DONT HAVE KNOW HOW TO SPELL BASKETBALL!!!

1485 days ago
73.

ricky bobby    

WHATEVER!!!!! TMZ is worse than "The National Enquirer". What slime! If they "have" a source, then they would have published it. And, do you think UK would comment or give them the time of day by even responding. UK shouldn't have to respond to this s%#t! They have more class than to stoop to the TMZ level on this one. IF this were remotely true, then this would have been all over the GREAT Bluegrass State waaaaaaay before TMZ could get a sniff. Wake up people. We ARE back on top. The BIG BLUE NATION will rise above this crap for sure.

1485 days ago
74.

Johnny Mercer    

I can't help thinking how lucky Memphis was last year to get rid of Calipari. And no one knew it at the time. If he was still there they'd be getting the death penalty.

1485 days ago
75.

The REAL John Calipari    

Screw the NCAA! I'm going to New Jersey anyway after the Nets sign LeBron.

1485 days ago
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