Superstar rapper Drake is a good friend of Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari, but he may not be as well-liked by whichever staffer deals with recruiting violations at the school.
Sporting News' Kami Mattioli is reporting Wednesday afternoon that Kentucky was forced to self-report an impermissible communication violation because Drake had contact with three potential student-athletes during last year's Big Blue Madness event. Sporting News obtained a letter as part of an open records request.
After Big Blue Madness concluded, Drake "headed back toward the locker room to say goodbye to the head coach (who wasn't there)" and "approached (one of the PSAs, who Sporting News identified as four-star shooting guard commit Charles Matthews) and asked for a picture."
The photo request was considered a Level III (non-suspension) violation, and as part of Kentucky's self-reporting, the university sent a letter to the NCAA explaining it had "issued a cease-and-desist letter to (Drake) directing him to refrain from conversations with prospects or taking photos with prospects when that conversation or photo occurs outside the parameters established by the NCAA."
We imagine that Louisville fans are going to have a field day with this. We also imagine this isn't going to deter Drake from showing up to this year's event - it's already been reported that he'll perform there this year.