Bassett's affidavit alleges recruiting violations

Claude Bassett is still haunting Kentucky football and is not likely to go away soon. Bassett's latest allegations came in an affidavit filed in U.S. District Court in Lexington this week. In his affidavit, he claims recruiting violations were going on long before he came to Kentucky and that a star high school quarterback who was at Kentucky when he got there received everything from a car to cash to an apartment.

Claude Bassett is still haunting Kentucky football and is not likely to go away soon.

Bassett's latest allegations came in an affidavit filed in U.S. District Court in Lexington this week. In his affidavit, he claims recruiting violations were going on long before he came to Kentucky and that a star high school quarterback who was at Kentucky when he got there received everything from a car to cash to an apartment.

He also alleges that he was forced to recruit another player by then UK athletics director C.M. Newton in hopes of signing his brother the next year. Bassett said he didn't think Kentucky would get the younger brother, but Newton told him not to worry. When the player signed, UK created a job for his father a few months later.

While Kentucky newspapers did not name names because they were not in the court affidavit, WLEX-TV in Lexington identified the players as Derrick and Dennis Johnson, sons of UK assistant athletics director Alvis Johnson. WLEX-TV failed to report any allegations involving the star quarterback.

If Newton knew Dennis Johnson was a lock for Kentucky, it was news to friends and family who braved a blizzard to attend his college announcement. He picked Kentucky and teammate Julius Yeast, who also had been recruited by Bassett, picked Ohio State at the same time.

During the whole recruiting process, Bassett repeatedly indicated that he felt confident Dennis Johnson would be a Wildcat. Now he says he never believed that.

As for Alvis Johnson, he helped solicit the donation soon after he took the job that resulted in the current UK football coaching complex being built. He's been a valuable addition to the UK athletics department and when Dennis left UK early for the NFL, he didn't pack his bags and leave. He's still hard at work at Kentucky.

Obviously, the Johnsons chose not to comment. What could they say? The NCAA investigated this type of allegation before and found no wrongdoing. But now we are supposed to take Bassett's word for this and other recruiting violations.

Myself, I would like to see some hard evidence, something other than what someone overheard or was told in a conversation that no one else heard. That's why UK is not going to write him a check to settle this lawsuit.

Kentucky has been paying for Bassett's misdeeds the last four years. Now it looks like he's intent on creating even more problems and seeing if he can't disrupt the lives of many others along the way.


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