College basketball scandal: Kentucky, Duke, Michigan State respond to allegations
Some coaches have responded after a scathing report alleging payments made to dozens of players
An explosive and revealing report from Yahoo Sports published on Friday morning detailing names of players and amounts paid either to them or to family members/representatives is the latest chip to fall in the FBI's probe into corruption within the sport.
Within the Yahoo Sports report, Alabama, Clemson, Creighton, Duke, Iowa State, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, LSU, Maryland, Michigan State, NC State, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Seton Hall, USC, Utah, Villanova, Virginia, Washington, Texas and Wichita State are all programs that are named and could be facing repercussions from the NCAA.
In the wake of the report, several coaches, ADs, as well as NCAA President Mark Emmert, have weighed in with statements. Here are a few of their responses.
Duke announced that the school looked into any issues with freshman Wendell Carter, who was named in the Yahoo Sports report, but found nothing wrong.
"A Duke student-athlete was identified in a Yahoo! Sports report this morning about men's college basketball. Duke immediately reviewed the matter and, based on the information, there are no eligibility issues related to today's report. Duke has already contacted the NCAA and will continue to work collaboratively with the NCAA and the Atlantic Coast Conference. Duke has an uncompromising commitment to compliance in athletics. That has not, and will not, change.
Kentucky coach John Calipari
"I have no relationship with Andy Miller or any of his associates. Neither my staff nor I utilized any agent, including Andy Miller or any of his associates, to provide any financial benefits to a current or former Kentucky student-athlete. We will cooperate fully with the appropriate authorities."
Kentucky athletic director Mitch Barnhart also said in a statement that the university is conducting an internal review.
In a press conference on Friday, Calipari said Knox, who is accused of accepting an unspecified amount of benefits but is named in the report, is expected to play on Saturday vs. Missouri.
Michigan State coach Tom Izzo
"We are aware of the report in Yahoo! Sports. While we cooperate with any and all investigations, we have no reason to believe that I, any member of our staff or student-athlete did anything in violation of NCAA rules."
Xavier coach Chris Mack
Xavier coach Chris Mack released a statement to Yahoo Sports on Friday morning.
"I have no relationship with Andy Miller or any of his associates. He plays no role in the recruitment of potential student athletes on Xavier's behalf. Beyond that, our staff has never created a path for him to foster a relationship with any of our student-athletes while enrolled at Xavier. Any suggestion that I or anyone on my staff utilized Andy Miller to provide even the slightest of financial benefits to a Xavier student-athlete is grossly misinformed. We are prepared to cooperate with any and all investigations at any level."
NCAA President Mark Emmert
"These allegations, if true, point to systematic failures that must be fixed and fixed now if we want college sports in America. Simply put, people who engage in this kind of behavior have no place in college sports. They are an affront to all those who play by the rules. Following the Southern District of New York's indictments last year, the NCAA Board of Governors and I formed the independent Commission on College Basketball, chaired by Condoleezza Rice, to provide recommendations on how to clean up the sport. With these latest allegations, it's clear this work is more important now than ever. The Board and I are completely committed to making transformational changes to the game and ensuring all involved in college basketball do so with integrity. We also will continue to cooperate with the efforts of federal prosecutors to identify and punish the unscrupulous parties seeking to exploit the system through criminal acts."
NC State athletic director Debbie Yow
NC State athletic director Debbie Yow released a statement to Yahoo Sports saying the university plans to cooperate fully with any investigation.
"We learned of the report this morning and it is the first we've heard about this information," North Carolina State director of athletics Debbie Yow responded Friday when contacted by Yahoo Sports. "The report involves an agent N.C. State disassociated with in 2012. Of course, we will fully cooperate with any investigations or inquiries."
The athletics department released a statement on Twitter acknowledging the report.
"We just became aware of this new information through media sources, and we take these allegations very seriously. USC Athletics places the highest priority on athletic compliance, and as we have demonstrated, we do not tolerate violations of our policies or NCAA rules. We will fully cooperate with the NCAA and federal authorities as well as conduct our own investigation into these allegations.
Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak
"This situation came to my attention this morning and I have absolutely no knowledge about it. At this point, these are allegations. I know we run a clean program and my complete focus will be getting our squad ready for our game against USC.
Utah athletic director Chris Hill also responded to the report.
"We learned this information this morning just like everyone else. Unethical agents have been an issue in college athletics -- particularly men's basketball and football -- for many years despite repeated educational efforts by the schools. Certainly this is a topic that our Pac-12 reform committee on NCAA men's basketball is addressing. Personally, I welcome the scrutiny on the sport of men's basketball because the behavior of some agents, along with reports of other illegal recruiting activities, is hurting the sport. Coach Krystkowiak has a great deal of integrity and runs a clean program, but this situation shows there are areas outside a coach's control that need to be fixed.
Maryland coach Mark Turgeon
Terrapins coach Mark Turgeon had his media availability on Friday postponed, but released a prepared statement via the university's athletic department.
"Late last night we were alerted of a report associating one of our former student-athletes with an agent. We are extremely disappointed, and we will fully cooperate with any investigation. I do not have a relationship with Andy Miller or anyone from his agency, and at no time have I ever had a conversation with Andy Miller or his agency regarding any Maryland basketball player. We remain steadfast in upholding a program of integrity that reflects the values of our University community."
The University of Virginia athletics department released the following statement to CBS Sports.
"The University of Virginia athletics department is aware of this morning's Yahoo Sports report regarding ASM Sports' expenditures. Our compliance office is reviewing the matter and we have no further comment at this time."
Tennessee coach Rick Barnes
Tennessee coach Rick Barnes commented Friday on two players he recruited at Texas who were named in the report.
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