The University of Kentucky, in responding to NCAA allegations against its basketball program, will accept responsibility for a package of money allegedly sent to the father of a recruit, a newspaper reported Saturday.
The Lexington Herald-Leader also said Kentucky will take responsibility for charges of academic fraud involving another basketball player, Eric Manuel.The newspaper said its information came from two knowledgeable sources who requested anonymity.
According to the newspaper's sources, the university also agrees with National Collegiate Athletic Association allegations that false and misleading information was supplied to NCAA investigators and that a self-styled talent scout acted improperly in the recruitment of a player.
The NCAA filed 18 allegations against the men's basketball program and the university is preparing a response, which Kentucky President David Roselle said was "pretty well done." He was unavailable for comment on the Herald-Leader story..
The UK Board of Trustees scheduled a special meeting Sunday, presumably to be briefed on what the reply will say.
A package containing $1,000 reportedly was sent to the father of then-recruit Chris Mills last March in California. It came unsealed in transit and several Emery Air Freight employees said they found money inside, prompting the NCAA allegation.
The name of Kentucky assistant basketball coach Dwane Casey and the address of the university's basketball office was listed as the sender.
Casey has denied sending the package and the Mills family has denied receiving it.
Joe Bill Campbell, Casey's attorney, refused to comment on the newspaper's story.
"Any response should come from the university," Campbell told the Herald-Leader.
The academic fraud charge involves an American College Test.
After twice failing to meet the NCAA's minimum standard for freshman eligibility, Manuel made the grade when he took the ACT at Lexington Lafayette High School.
ACT officials reportedly have invalidated the test.
The Herald-Leader quoted its sources as saying UK will not defend against the allegations.
Charges that two Kentucky players, Sean Sutton and Manuel, provided false and misleading information about the circumstances surrounding the ACT are not contested, the sources told the newspaper.
Head basketball coach Eddie Sutton, Sean's father, acknowledged to the Herald-Leader that he has been briefed on the school's response.
"The University of Kentucky, as Dr. Roselle said, is going to defend the allegations they feel are defensible," Eddie Sutton said, "and I'm very pleased with that."
The sources also were quoted as saying that Kentucky will defend itself against alleged improper recruitment of Sean Higgins and improper transportation of two basketball players.