A lawyer for Kentucky Coach Eddie Sutton says a school official sought to discredit the coach by leaking part of the university's response to 18 NCAA allegations of wrongdoing by the UK basketball program.
"They just want him out," Terry McBrayer told the Lexington Herald-Leader. "Somebody is beginning to draw a line. I don't know who it is. But he's drawing some conclusions."The Louisville Courier-Journal, quoting from the response to the NCAA, reported Sunday that Sutton "may have wanted a high school basketball coach `to give false and misleading information to the NCAA."'
The Louisville newspaper said the potentially false and misleading information involved the transportation of players Eric Manuel and Sutton's son, Sean, to a college entrance exam.
The newspaper said "the revelation of Eddie Sutton's possible role . . . is the first direct link between the charges and the head coach, who denies any improper conduct."
The Courier-Journal said Kentucky's response, which has not been made public, acknowledges that the allegation "is substantially correct." The newspaper said the response then goes further, saying additional information the school gathered in its nvestigation may suggest wrongdoing by Sutton.
"I told everybody to tell the truth right from the beginning," Eddie Sutton said Friday. "There's nothing there. There's nothing there. I'm so upset about this whole thing."
McBrayer also told WKYT-TV in Lexington Sunday that he thought the university intentionally leaked the story to The Courier-Journal in an effort to promote the firing of Sutton at the end of the basketball season.