According to UPI, an NCAA inquiry into Manuel's scores found that a student sitting one chair away from him produced an answer sheet containing multiple-choice responses that were identical to Manuel's in all but eight of the more than 100 questions. The father of that student told SI, "We're not accusing anyone of cheating. We would just like to keep our son out of this. There was absolutely no prearrangement."
If the NCAA determines that Manuel cheated, he will probably be declared ineligible, and Kentucky would come in for punishment, too. Last week Manuel took himself off the Wildcat team, pending the resolution of the case. Sutton says, "Eric told me he didn't cheat," but Sutton implied to SI that he isn't planning on Manuel's return this season. Manuel's attorneys say their client "took the test fair and square."
This latest NCAA investigation has been a litmus test for Roselle, who became Kentucky's president in March 1987. In a recent speech to the Lexington Rotary Club, Roselle got the most applause when he vowed to defend the basketball program against any unsubstantiated charges. But he also talked tough about getting to the bottom of the matter, and he has the support of the Board of Trustees, as well as those Kentucky faculty members who believe the program is out of control.
"I would ask all Kentuckians to stand behind the university and to look forward to the day when these unfortunate events will have ended," Roselle said.