Report: Former Calipari assistant committed secondary violation at Kentucky

April 2, 2011 

A former John Calipari assistant broke NCAA rules by making impermissible telephone calls to recruits while at both Memphis and Kentucky, according to a report Friday by

Bilal Batley resigned as Kentucky's assistant director of basketball operations/manager after he violated NCAA rules by rebounding for a player during a workout in July 2009. Kentucky self-reported the secondary violation and sent Batley a letter of admonishment.

But the report says Batley also broke NCAA rules by making phone calls to former UK player DeMarcus Cousins and other recruits. cited NCAA rules stating that all telephone calls made to or received from a recruit, his parents, legal guardians or coaches must be made and received by a team's head coach or three countable assistant coaches. Batley was not a countable assistant, according to the report.

NCAA spokesman Erik Christianson said the NCAA does not comment on secondary violations.

When contacted by, Batley, who said he coached this past season at Navarro College, a junior college in Corsicana, Texas, declined to answer any questions.

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