Kentucky's former recruiting coordinator, the central figure in an NCAA investigation that led to major sanctions, has sued the university's Athletic Association, the NCAA and SEC, alleging they conspired to keep him from getting another college job.
Claude Bassett, who seeks $50-million, resigned in November 2000, shortly before the NCAA began investigating. In 2002, the NCAA put Kentucky on probation for more than three dozen recruiting violations committed between 1998-2000. It banned it from a bowl game for one season took away 19 scholarships over three seasons.
Bassett, who worked for coach Hal Mumme, was found in violation of ethical conduct bylaws and effectively was banned from working for any NCAA school for eight years. At the time, Bassett acknowledged breaking rules.
In the suit, Bassett asks the court to find that the three defendants violated federal antitrust laws by banning him.
Bassett also alleges the defendants committed fraud and civil conspiracy against him by encouraging him to take actions depriving him of due process and the NCAA has "intentionally and improperly interfered" with negotiations with schools.
Kentucky and the SEC said they had not seen the lawsuit. NCAA spokesman Erik Christianson said "Mr. Bassett's claims are completely without merit."
ALABAMA: Quarterback Brodie Croyle had reconstructive surgery on his right knee. He tore his ACL on Saturday and is out for the season. Sophomore Marc Guillon, a transfer from Miami, will make his first start Saturday at Arkansas.
SYRACUSE: Sophomore quarterback Perry Patterson will make his first start Saturday at Virginia. On Saturday, Patterson relieved freshman Joe Fields, who started the first three games, and was 10-for-16 for 156 yards and a TD.
VIRGINIA: Quarterback Anthony Martinez, fourth on the depth chart, left the team. The redshirt sophomore's plans were not disclosed. He started one game last season, completing 10 of 20 passes for 54 yards and two interceptions in a 31-7 loss to South Carolina.