Friday, March 09, 2001

UK blames Bassett for violations




The Associated Press

        LEXINGTON — University of Kentucky officials say Hal Mumme's superiors are not at fault for the controversy that has surrounded the football program.

        The school has reported 38 NCAA rules violations, some of which will be classified as major infractions. But one serious violation that school officials say doesn't apply is a lack of institutional control.

        Athletic director Larry Ivy and assistant AD Sandy Bell, who oversees the school's compliance programs, say policies were in place to guard against the violations. However, they say, recruiting coordinator Claude Bassett's flagrant disregard for the rules made those safeguards obsolete.

        Ultimately, it will be up to the NCAA enforcement staff and committee on infractions to decide if UK had proper safeguards.

        UK blamed most of the violations on Mr. Bassett or three others who worked for him: Josh Bullock, Alex Panaretos and Sandy Wiese.

        The school didn't tie Mr. Mumme directly to any violations but in its report cited him for “a failure to exercise appropriate control of the football program.”

        Ms. Bell said Mr. Bassett knew the rules but chose to disobey them. She said those who worked for him also knew the rules but were afraid to disobey his orders or report what he was doing.

       



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