Reports: NCAA Investigating Kentucky Players For Ties to Agents, Academics

John Calipari has another investigation to contend with.

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New Kentucky Investigation Report: NCAA Looking Into Players' Relationship With Agents

The NCAA is now looking into ties between agents and four current or former Kentucky basketball players, according to TMZ Sports. TMZ cited a source that has been interviewed by the Association.

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.

Our Kentucky blog, A Sea Of Blue, is suspicious but also suggests that an investigation is inevitable.

So, my fellow members of the Big Blue Nation, be assured that even if this report is wrong, and this is not actually happening, it surely will eventually. It is just a matter of time. It is the price every school pays for recruiting at the very highest level.

Best to start working on a defense now, just in case.


Report: NCAA Investigating Kentucky's Eric Bledsoe

It seems that it's another school, another investigation for Kentucky head coach John Calipari. The New York Times is reporting that the NCAA is investigating the academic and financial circumstances surrounding Eric Bledsoe's final year in high school.

According to the Times' story:

Brenda Axle, the landlord for the house where Bledsoe and his mother moved for his senior year of high school, said that Bledsoe's high school coach paid her at least three months' rent, or $1,200. ... Maurice Ford, the coach, denied paying the money.

A copy of Bledsoe's high school transcript from his first three years reveals that it would have taken an improbable academic makeover -- a jump from about a 1.9 grade-point average in core courses to just under a 2.5 during his senior year -- for Bledsoe to achieve minimum N.C.A.A. standards to qualify for a scholarship.

A college coach who recruited Bledsoe said that Ford explicitly told his coaching staff that he needed a specific amount of money to let Bledsoe sign with that university. The coach, who did not want to be named out of fear of repercussions when recruiting in Birmingham, said Ford told him and his staff that he was asking for money because he was helping pay rent for Bledsoe and his mother. Ford denied this, saying, "I don't prostitute my kids."

If that second allegation sounds slightly familiar, you've been paying attention to an investigation at Memphis, Calipari's last head coaching stop, which was forced to give up a Final Four appearance because of Derrick Rose's eventually invalidated SAT scores. Those scores were markedly better than Rose might have been expected to score based on his ACTs.

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