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Joe Bologna in trouble for feeding players free food

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - The NCAA banned a Lexington restaurateur
from associating with University of Kentucky athletics for three
years after he gave free meals to basketball players, a newspaper
reported Saturday.
The Lexington Herald-Leader reported that Joe Bologna can
neither buy season tickets nor advertise in game programs or other
UK publications. Players and recruits are not permitted to eat at
his self-titled Italian restaurant.
Joe Bologna said a waitress mentioned to a UK athletics
department staffer in the summer of 2008 that the players tipped
well.
"But," the waitress added, "Joe always 'comps' their food."
UK compliance officer Sandy Bell wrote Southeastern Conference
Commissioner Mike Slive telling him that the school was
self-reporting the violation in November 2008.
Bell wrote Slive that "this willful violation" of NCAA rules
would result in Bologna and his off-campus restaurant being
disassociated from UK Athletics for three years, retroactive to
August 2008.


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