Played by Kentucky while ineligible, Dontaie Allen was benched at WKU

Dontaie Allen has been suspended from games at WKU while eligibility concerns from last year with the Kentucky wildcats have been cleared.

A year after the offense occurred, news broke of Dontaie Allen playing while ineligible for the Kentucky Wildcats in the 2021-22 season. Kentucky violated NCAA rules and apparently played Allen while he was ineligible due to grades.

Hilltoppers announced the situation about a week ago:

Allen, who transferred to Western Kentucky University, is being held from games at his new school until the situation is resolved. Later, the Hilltoppers coach, Rick Stansbury, spoke more about the situation and it was revealed that Allen’s grades were the primary concern.

“Kentucky played him seven games when he was ineligible, the spring break. Their coaches didn’t know him, and their compliance didn’t know that. How does a kid know him?”

Stansbury was Repeatedly at a press conference that Allen was not at fault in the situation and pointed to the fact that coaches and administrators seemed unaware of the offense until recently as well.

Apparently Kentucky was fined $3,500 ($500 for every game Allen played when he was ineligible) but Western Kentucky can’t play him until the situation is fully resolved.

Allen appeared in three games for the Hilltoppers this year before being sidelined with this issue. He averages 8.0 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game. Based on 40 minutes, he’s 25.3 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 3.2 assists. With Kentucky last season per 40 minutes, he averaged 13.6 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists.

At this point, it is not clear when he will return to play for the Hilltoppers. As far as can be imagined now, Kentucky’s liability ends with a $3,500 fine, but it’s worth asking why no one knew about the situation as it was happening and if the move had any potential implications for other players who needed to clean up. As of now, that doesn’t seem to be the case.

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