UPDATE: Calipari said he has no involvement; UK to conduct internal investigation

Head coach John Calipari talks with Kevin Knox and Sacha Killeya-Jones during the game against Centre College on Friday, November 3, 2017 in Lexington, Ky. Kentucky won 106-63. Photo by Chase Phillips | Staff

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UK said it would begin its own internal investigation after a Yahoo Sports article listed UK basketball players in an FBI probe investigating college basketball.

In a statement from UK, President Eli Capilouto said the university learned of the Yahoo story late last night and said UK “began immediately to conduct our due diligence.”

Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart said UK has already contacted the NCAA and the SEC, but has not been contacted by the FBI.

Calipari said his staff had no involvement with Andy Miller and the sports agency that has been investigated by the FBI.

“I have no relationship with Andy Miller or any of his associates,” Calipari said in the statement. “Neither my staff nor I utilized any agent, including Andy Miller or any of his associates, to provide any financial benefits to a current or former Kentucky student-athlete.”

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Capilouto and Barnhart spoke at a Friday morning UK Board of Trustees Athletics Committee, a Herald-Leader report said.

Three former or current UK men’s basketball players are named in the federal college basketball probe led by the FBI, according to an article from Yahoo Sports released on Friday morning. 

READ: Three UK men’s basketball players appear on FBI documents

The FBI had reportedly been collecting documents, spreadsheets and wiretaps over a period of time related to the case, and Yahoo Sports obtained hundreds of those documents. It shows that Kevin Knox, Bam Adebayo and Nerlens Noel all had involvement with ASM Sports’ Andy Miller or Christian Dawkins.

Knox’s name appears on a list of players that had a meeting or dinner with Dawkins. Other prominent players on the list include Alabama’s Collin Sexton, Duke’s Wendell Carter and former Virginia player Malcolm Brogden.