Kentucky fans got news they didn't want to hear on Friday. The New York Times is reporting that the NCAA is investigating Eric Bledsoe from his High School days.
Here are a couple exerts from the article:
"The dramatic changes in Bledsoe’s academic and athletic prospects have attracted the attention of the N.C.A.A., which has sent investigators to at least three places in Alabama to ask about him. The N.C.A.A. does not talk about its investigations so the scope of this one is not known."
Potential violations are of an academic standing and extra benefits nature:
"Brenda Axle, the landlord for the house where Bledsoe and his mother moved for his senior year of high school, said that Bledsoe’s high school coach paid her at least three months’ rent, or $1,200. By moving there, Bledsoe was eligible to play for Parker, which he led to the Alabama Class 5A title game. Maurice Ford, the coach, denied paying the money.
¶A copy of Bledsoe’s high school transcript from his first three years reveals that it would have taken an improbable academic makeover — a jump from about a 1.9 grade-point average in core courses to just under a 2.5 during his senior year — for Bledsoe to achieve minimum N.C.A.A. standards to qualify for a scholarship."
You can read the complete article here: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/29/sports/ncaabasketball/29recruit.html?pagewanted=2&hp
~ Jeff Archer