Miami infractions extend to Western Kentucky
by C.L. Brown, USA TODAY Sports
The allegations of NCAA violations at the University of Miami have reached to Western Kentucky.
The school received a notice of allegations involving men’s director of basketball operations Jake Morton, who was an assistant at Miami.
The school was informed in a letter addressed to WKU President Gary Ransdell, dated Feb. 19 from Rachel Newman-Baker, the NCAA’s managing director of enforcement.
WKU released a statement from athletics director Todd Stewart.
“The NCAA has informed us of the notice of allegations involving Jake Morton with respect to its investigation of the University of Miami. As we have consistently stated, none of the allegations against Jake involve Western Kentucky University in any manner. He and his legal representation are continuing to work with the NCAA.”
Morton joined WKU in 2011-12 as an assistant coach but was made director of basketball operations this season.
In the letter from the NCAA, Newman-Baker wrote: “Although there is no institutional responsibility on the part of Western Kentucky for possible violations involving Mr. Morton, please be advised that action could be taken that would limit Mr. Morton’s athletically related duties at Western Kentucky for a designated period if he is found in violation by the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions or the NCAA Division I Infractions Appeals Committee.”
According to the NCAA, the allegations took place between October 2007 and April 2009 involving former Miami booster Nevin Shapiro, a convicted Ponzi schemer. The notice of allegations cites four specific “impermissible inducements” involving Morton; Jorge Fernandez, a former Miami assistant; and Shapiro.
One of the more interesting examples involves Brian Clifton, an AAU coach of then-high school prospect John Wall, who went on to star at the University of Kentucky and now is with the NBA Washington Wizards.
The notice of allegations says Morton provided impermissible inducements in the form of transporting Clifton during Wall’s official visit to campus. It also says that between October 2007 and October 2008 Morton accepted at least $6,000 from Shapiro.
C.L. Brown also writes for The (Louisville) Courier-Journal, a Gannett property.