"His dad said that is not true," Larry Orton said Wednesday afternoon. "Don't believe that. It is not true."
Daniel Orton signed with Kentucky in November when Billy Gillispie was UK's coach. After Gillispie was fired and John Calipari hired, the new UK coach made his first visit to Oklahoma City to see the Ortons.
Daniel Orton will be in Louisville Thursday to prepare for Saturday's Wazoo Sports Derby Festival Classic at Freedom Hall. His father will also be here and hopes to meet with the UK coach while he's in Kentucky.
"Daniel has not asked for his release. If it comes to that, I will be the one asking," Larry Orton said. "There's no need to ask for a release until we decide if we need one."
Daniel Orton and his father both insisted they had no idea that DeMarcus Cousins, Scout.com's sixth-rated prospect nationally, was going to commit to UK as he did Tuesday. Orton, Scout.com's No. 3 center, did tell Daniels he would want to see how Calipari would use the two of them together.
"We didn't know anything about Cousins," Larry Orton said. "Obviously, nobody is going to call and tell me who is being recruited or anything like that. We are worrying about Daniel and no one else. That's hard enough."
Daniel Orton didn't rule out playing for Kentucky and told Daniels he simply needed more facts and information about the new coach and his system. "As I have said before, Daniel signed with Kentucky and that's still where he is going," Larry Orton said. "If something changes, we will let people now. But nothing has happened yet to change anything."