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UK's John Wall On Court, Day After Eligibility Report

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky freshman guard John Wall
practiced with his teammates in front of students on Friday, day
after a report that the highly touted guard might not be eligible
to play.
The workout on campus was open to students, but reporters were
not allowed to attend. Some students attending said coach John
Calipari didn't discuss Wall's eligibility during remarks before
the practice. Calipari did tweet about the crowd and his new book.
Wall is among three freshmen expected to start for the Wildcats
when their season opens Nov. 13 against Morehead State. Kentucky
was picked to win the SEC during the conference's media day
Thursday.
But Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive told
ESPN.com on Thursday the NCAA's agents and amateurism group is
looking into the eligibility of Wall. ESPN.com reported that Wall's
AAU coach, Brian Clifton, was a certified agent from 2007-2008.
Under NCAA rules that would be considered accepting illegal
benefits. If the benefits are more than $101, a student-athlete has
to repay the value of the benefits and be subject to suspension for
at least 10 percent of the team's regular-season games.
School spokeswoman Kathy Johnson said Friday that the university
would have no further comment. On Thursday, Kentucky spokesman
DeWayne Peevy said all players are considered eligible unless
otherwise noted.
Brad Opar, a freshman from Pittsburgh, called Friday's session a
"serious practice with lots of drills."
"I kind of expected it to be like a little scrimmage, just give
the fans something they wanted to see," he said.
Some students left the practice feeling it's Kentucky against
the world.
Said Danny Cotton, a senior from Nicholasville: It seems "the
NCAA's always out to get us."
And Chase Hieneman, a sophomore from Greenup County, said
Calipari spoke of his visit to a coal mine during Friday's practice
and repeated a saying he learned from miners: "We all go down
together. We all go up together."


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