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UK president says he knew of Memphis probe

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - University of Kentucky athletics director Mitch Barnhart has confirmed he knew about an NCAA investigation into the Memphis basketball program led at the time by new Kentucky coach John Calipari.

Barhnart says in a statement released Thursday evening that Kentucky fully supports Calipari and remains "extremely excited" about the future.

His acknowledgement joined that of Kentucky president Lee Todd, who said in a statement earlier in the day that the school had prior knowledge of the investigation but remains confident Calipari is not a subject of the probe.

The allegations stem from the 2007-2008 season at Memphis, according to reports in The Commerical Appeal in Memphis. They include "knowing fraudulence or misconduct" on an SAT exam by a player on that season's team, which finished runner-up in the NCAA tournament.

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