3/23 2:22 PM UK is: One of only two schools in NCAA history to get the NCAA death penalty (the other was SMU)
Point shaving scandal involving Alex Groza, Ralph Beard, Bill Spivey and Dale Barnstable in 1952
Emery air freight package breaking open to reveal cash payments to prospective player Chris Mills in '88
Joe B. Hall offering Kent Benson's dad a brand new tractor to come and play at UK
Rex Chapman's free UK blue Iroc Camaro
Shawn Kemp's free Chevy Cavalier
17 NCAA violations alone during the next to last year of Eddie Sutton's tenure (1988 or 1989)
2004 3 NCAA violations committed by booster Brain Poe by emailing recruits and other boosters, offering $$$ and other incentives to go to UK
2006 1 NCAA violation involving Patrick Patterson and boosters contacting him via email and his my space page
Over 36 violations committed between 1998-2000, placed on three years probation for 2002-2006 seasons for the Claude Bassett fiasco where he handed out money to players---the NCAA said in a statement "This was one of the more serious cases heard by the committee in recent years in terms of the scope and breadth of the violations". I read Tony Franklin's book on the whole ordeal (he was UK's Offensive Coordinator), and he pretty much says that AD Larry Ivey, CM Newton and everyone below them in the UK AD department knew what was going on and turned their heads....
Academic fraud involving Eric Manuel in 1987-88
Adolph Rupp's racism (rent the movie Glory Road)
The infamous Sports Illustrated cover "Kentucky's Shame"
And these are just the ones that I could remember off the top of my head: there are literally DOZENS MORE!!!!
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Byline: John Stamper and Linda Blackford
LEXINGTON, Ky. _ The new coach hired to lead the University of Kentucky's football program out of probation has an NCAA violation record of his own, something UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart didn't tell UK leaders about before making the hire.
Rich Brooks and his University of Oregon Ducks were slapped with stiff penalties more than 20 years ago for academic fraud and operating a "secret" travel fund.
That came as news to top UK officials, including university President Lee Todd and Steve Reed, chairman of the Board of Trustees. And Brooks said Monday the subject never came up during his hiring process.
On Monday afternoon, Barnhart said he knew about some of the rules violations before hiring Brooks, but did not tell Todd about any of them.
"I probably did not mention that to him," Barnhart said. "I probably should do that."
Todd, who has advocated changing UK's "sleazy" sports culture since his arrival in 2001, agreed.
"We should have known about this," he said Monday evening after reading the 1981 NCAA report for the first time
And an interesting article excerpt:
Tuesday, October 07, 2008 Mike Miller MSNBC
The NCAA’s penalized the school three times for serious violations, including two instances where Kentucky was prohibited from playing games. (But the winning never stopped.)
College basketball’s point-shaving scandals from the early ‘50s affected Kentucky when three players, Ralph Beard, Alex Groza and Dale Barnstable, were arrested in the fall of 1951. They were barred for three years. In ’52, Bill Spivey, despite never being implicated in point shaving, also was barred. As a result, the NCAA suspended Kentucky’s 1952-53 season. (Amazingly, the ‘Cats went 25-0 in the ’53-’54 season, but declined an NCAA bid.)
In 1976, Kentucky was placed on two-year probation because of improper benefits to players. (Two years later, the ‘Cats won the NCAA title.)
In 1989, the NCAA gave Kentucky three years’ probation and barred it from postseason play for the 1990 and ’91 seasons for recruiting and academic violations. (The ‘Cats reached four Final Fours and won two NCAA titles between 1993 and 1998.)
This isn’t to hammer the ‘Cats. Nearly every program has been hit with some kind of NCAA probation. But it’s important in Kentucky’s history for when it occurred (during some of the ‘Cats’ best eras).....
Rupp allowed Sports Illustrated writer Frank Deford to stand in the Wildcats' locker room at halftime. Deford said he was stunned by Rupp's racist halftime exhortations.
"He said, 'You've got to beat those c**ns, ' " Deford said. "He turned to (center) Thad Jaracz. 'You go after that big c**n.' . . . He talked that way all the time. . . A chill went through me. I was standing in the back of the room, and I looked around at the players. They all kind of ducked their heads. They were embarrassed. This was clearly the type of thing that went over the line."
The second documented racial slur attributed to Rupp is found in a quote from Harry Lancaster, long-time assistant to Rupp, in his book Adolph Rupp As I Knew Him (Lexington Productions, 1979). Rupp said after a meeting with Dr. John Oswald, UK President at the time, "Harry, that son of a bitch is ordering me to get some ni**ers in here. What am I going to do ? He's the boss."
One story which does indeed demonstrate that Rupp was prejudiced against blacks is related by Ron Grinker in the book Loose Balls. This book, by Terry Pluto, attempts to harness the flavor of the ABA during its short-lived life. Grinker relates a story when he was escorting the aging college coach down to Memphis for a promotion of the local ABA franchise. Once, I was on a flight with Rupp and sat with him in the first-class section. He had about six Kentucky bourbons in less than an hour and was about halfway to the wind. I told him that I was an attorney who represented some basketball players. Now, I had never met the man, and the first significant thing he said to me was, "The trouble with the ABA is that there are too many ni**er boys in it now." I sat there just stunned. That just killed my image of Adolph Rupp the great coach. Maybe it was because he had too much to drink, but even so... - Loose Balls by Terry Pluto, Simon & Schuster, 1990, pg. 241.
Rupp reportedly told Western coach Don Haskins before the game that he (Rupp) would not allow five black kids to beat him, which Haskins promptly informed his team of during the pregame (Bergen Record, March 3, 1996). Another version mentions that Haskins heard that Rupp had said "no five blacks are going to beat Kentucky" after which Haskins informed his team. (Curry Kirkpatrick, Sports Illustrated, April 1, 1991.) This is supported by an article which made it a point to say that Rupp did not tell Haskins directly. "He [Haskins] had heard before the game -- not directly from Rupp, though -- that Rupp had said something along the lines of, 'There's no way I'm going to let five black players beat my Kentucky team.' - (by Jo-Ann Barnas, Detroit Free Press, "They Changed the Game: Texas Western," March 29, 1996.)
Alexander Wolff reported that Rupp called up a young sports reporter (Jimmy Breslin of the New York Journal-American) in New York in the early 60's and asked him to "kindly indicate 'colored' high school players with asterisks so Rupp would know where not to bother to send his recruiters." This was first mentioned in the book Raw Recruits, (Pocket Books, (1991) pg. 102-103)
A common charge against Adolph Rupp was that he didn't recruit black players "hard enough" during the 60's. Kentucky generally recruited in the state of Kentucky and in border states such as Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. During the mid-60's there were a number of high profile black players in the state including Clem Haskins, Mike Redd, Dwight Smith, Butch Beard, Wes Unseld, Jim McDaniels etc. so it was a perfect time to integrate UK. Rupp, however, seemingly didn't feel the pressure to do so from the community, the league or the media. (Billy Reed, Lexington Herald Leader, "30 Years Later, A Runt and a Miner Talk Hoops,"January 19, 1996.) Probably the only source of pressure to integrate the team at the time came from Dr. John W. Oswald, the president of the University who took this position in 1962. (Billy Reed, Lexington Herald Leader, "Basketball's New Face Part of Runt's Legacy," February 15, 1991.)
10gen is derived from being a 10th generation Kentuckian.