An NCAA spokesperson said the organization did not discuss John Calipari's role in the ongoing investigation at Memphis with anyone at the University of Kentucky before the Wildcats hired Calipari earlier this spring.
UK athletic director Mitch Barnhart said that, at the time, he did an "exhaustive" background check of Calipari – including speaking with NCAA director of enforcement David Price. Barnhart said Price was supportive of Calipari.
However, strict NCAA confidentiality rules prohibit staff members from discussing either pending or resolved infraction cases.
Price, according to NCAA spokesperson Stacey Osburn, could not and did not discuss any particulars of either the current Memphis allegations or the major infraction case at Massachusetts in the 1990s, when Calipari was the head coach there.
Calipari left Memphis for Lexington in April, and one of the chief questions centered on whether Kentucky knew about the Memphis investigation when it hired him.
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