Tag:Kenny Payne
Posted on: September 15, 2010 10:22 am
Edited on: September 15, 2010 10:25 am

Report: Dunigan left Oregon amid investigation

Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens has announced the school is working with the Pac-10 to investigate possible eligibility concerns of a former men's basketball player who was subsequently identified by Bob Cook and George Schroeder of the Oregon Register-Guard as Michael Dunigan.

The 6-foot-10 center left Oregon and signed with a professional team in Israel earlier this month despite having two years of eligibility remaining. The Register-Guard is reporting the exit was precipitated by an investigation into allegations that Dunigan's eligibility had been compromised by extra benefits provided to him in violation of NCAA rules. Dunigan was a top 30 national prospect in the Class of 2008. He was recruited to Oregon from Chicago by Kenny Payne, who is now an assistant for John Calipari at Kentucky.

Dunigan averaged 9.0 points and 4.9 rebounds for the Ducks last season.

His exit leaves first-year coach Dana Altman with just nine scholarship players for this season.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: May 26, 2010 7:25 pm
Edited on: May 26, 2010 7:28 pm

Payne leaving Oregon for Kentucky

Oregon's Dana Altman confirmed Wednesday that assistant Kenny Payne is leaving to join John Calipari at Kentucky.

"Kenny's gonna go to Kentucky,'' Altman said, according to the Oregonian newspaper. "He's done a great job for us, and I really wanted him to stay. It's been kind of an awkward start because I did not know Kenny when I got here a month ago, but after a week, I got very comfortable around him and offered him a job and wanted him to stay. But he had a number of offers on the table and investigated them all, and he went to Kentucky this past weekend and really liked it, felt like it was in his best interest and his family's best interest to go to Kentucky."

The hiring of Payne is notable because he's an elite recruiter and friends with William "Worldwide Wes" Wesley, the basketball powerbroker with longstanding ties to Calipari. Payne replaces Rod Strickland, who was demoted after a recent drinking-and-driving arrest. UK's other assistants are John Robic and Orlando Antigua.
Posted on: May 13, 2010 11:00 am

Strickland demoted at Kentucky

Kentucky assistant Rod Strickland, in the wake of a drinking-and-driving arrest, has been demoted to an administrative role, which should clear the way for Oregon assistant Kenny Payne to join John Robic and Orlando Antigua on John Calipari's staff.

"Rod Strickland has been a vital part of our success here at Kentucky and helped set a foundation for our program,” Calipari said.  “He will continue to be an integral part of our future successes in a non-coaching capacity."

Worth noting is that Payne is a close friend of William Wesley, the basketball powerbroker with longstanding ties to Calipari. Assuming Payne fills Strickland's spot at UK, the Wildcats might then become the favorite to land Terrence Jones, the McDonald's All-American from Portland who is still deciding between Washington and Kentucky.

Payne recruited Jones while at Oregon.
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