Kentucky Coach Eddie Sutton yesterday told Tito Horford he does not want the controversial center to play for the Wildcats, whose basketball program is under NCAA investigation.
"We are flattered that he would consider UK," Sutton said in a statement, but added it would be best if Horford enrolled elsewhere.
Horford, who has yet to play in a college game, was declared ineligible last year because the NCAA found recruiting violations at Houston. He later was dismissed by Louisiana State for, apparently, missing practice.
A source close to the Kentucky program said Sutton met with his assistant coaches yesterday and discussed the situation by telephone with Athletic Director Cliff Hagan, who was in New Orleans for the NCAA convention.
The source said the coaches, Sutton and Hagan decided it would be best not to involve the school in further controversy by accepting Horford.
The NCAA is investigating allegations that former basketball players at Kentucky accepted cash from boosters, sold season tickets to games and accepted excessive payments for speaking engagements . . .
Former Texas Christian running back Kenneth Davis, in an interview with the Sun Herald of Biloxi-Gulfport, Miss., says although he received $38,000 to attend TCU, he was the lowest paid of the seven players kicked off the team.
"Heck, my case is kinda sad, really," Davis said. "Out of seven players who were getting something at TCU, I was receiving less than everybody else."
Davis made his remarks in an interview before a workout for Saturday's Senior Bowl Game in Mobile, Ala.
"Coach (Jim) Wacker's always talking about loving one another and working for each other and taking care of us," Davis said. "He always says he'll stay in your foxhole with you. But I don't think he stayed in my foxhole. He bailed out when the mortar started coming in. What he said and what he did were two different things . . . "
The NCAA has cited Baylor's basketball program for 30 specific violations that will cost the school six scholarships over the next two seasons and any shot at postseason tournament play, the Waco Tribune-Herald reported . . .
Bo Schembechler, who coached Michigan to a 10-1-1 record capped by a 27-23 victory over Nebraska in the Fiesta Bowl, is The Sporting News' college coach of the year.