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Kentucky U Probes Gift of $20,000 to Asst. Coaches

From United Press International

Kentucky basketball coach Eddie Sutton employed help from a friend in raising $20,000 in outside income for two assistant coaches, a possible violation of NCAA rules, the university has reported to the NCAA.

The Louisville Courier-Journal reported in today’s editions it had obtained a portion of the university’s response to 18 NCAA charges of rules violations, a response which has not been made public.

Sutton and assistant coaches Dwane Casey and James Dickey contend the outside income was not a violation, but “the university does not agree” with that interpretation, the response said.

After Casey and Dickey were turned down for raises by then-Athletic Director Cliff Hagan during the 1987-88 season, Sutton told the pair he would attempt to raise the money from outside sources, the response said.

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Neither assistant coach reported the outside income to the NCAA because they said it was not athletic-related income and therefore not subject to NCAA rules.

Triggered by Discovery

The information was gathered as part of a university investigation of the program ordered by David Roselle, Kentucky’s president, after a package bound for a Los Angeles-area recruit containing $1,000 in cash was discovered.

The response said Sutton used an unidentified “friend and booster of the university’s basketball program” to solicit $10,000 each for Casey and Dickey from two unidentified businessmen who are supporters of the Kentucky program. The money reportedly was for motivational speeches.

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