SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Sports) - Former University of Utah basketball star Kyle Kuzma was mentioned in an explosive report released by Yahoo Sports Friday, as one many players who received money from a sports agency while in school at Utah.
The report, which contains hundreds of pages of documents obtained by Yahoo Sports in an FBI investigation, said Kuzma, now a rookie with the Los Angeles Lakers, received $9,500 dollars in was what labeled loans and cash advances while at Utah from Christian Dawkins and Andy Miller from the sports agency ASM Sports.
Dawkins was one of ten people arrested by the FBI in late September when the Bureau first released its findings.
Utah athletic director Chris Hill released a statement Friday morning, saying he had no knowledge of any improper benefits Kuzma may have received.
“We learned this information this morning just like everyone else," Hill said in the statement.
"Unethical agents have been an issue in college athletics—particularly men’s basketball and football—for many years despite repeated educational efforts by the schools. Certainly this is a topic that our Pac-12 reform committee on NCAA men’s basketball is addressing. Personally, I welcome the scrutiny on the sport of men’s basketball because the behavior of some agents, along with reports of other illegal recruiting activities, is hurting the sport. Coach Krystkowiak has a great deal of integrity and runs a clean program, but this situation shows there are areas outside a coach’s control that need to be fixed.”
Head coach Larry Krystkowiak, who led the Utes to a thrilling 84-78 victory over UCLA Thursday night, also said he was not aware of the situation.
“This situation came to my attention this morning and I have absolutely no knowledge about it," Krystkowiak said in a statement. "At this point, these are allegations. I know we run a clean program and my complete focus will be getting our squad ready for our game against USC.”
The Utes play the Trojans Saturday at 12:30.
Utah Jazz center Tony Bradley was also mentioned in the report for having a meal with an agent while at North Carolina.
Players from prominent programs such as Duke, Kentucky Michigan State, Kansas, Texas and USC were also mentioned in the report.
NCAA president Mark Emmert released a statement about the report.
“These allegations, if true, point to systematic failures that must be fixed and fixed now if we want college sports in America," Emmert said. "Simply put,people who engage in this kind of behavior have no place in college sports. They are an affront to all those who play by the rules.”
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