NCAA officials confirmed Monday that University of Kentucky officials have invited an investigation into allegations of rule violations in the school's basketball program.
The Lexington Herald-Leader reported Sunday that 26 of 33 former Kentucky players interviewed said they participated in improper activities, which include receiving cash payments of up to $500 from boosters, the selling of free season tickets for $1,000 each or more and receiving excessive payments for public appearances.
Several of the players Monday denied the newspaper's report, saying they had been quoted out of context.
Sam Bowie, a former Kentucky star now playing for the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers, denied the newspaper report quoting him as saying he received cash payments of up to $500 from boosters. Several other players made similar denials Monday.