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This guy donated $1.6 million to Kentucky in 2002 for part of the football complexes, and now he's in trouble in Kentucky for a major pyramid scheme. Not a good look for the Wildcats if this all bears out.
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I have talked to Paul Orberson several times. When I was with the baseball team at WKU he donated $600K to help build the baseball clubhouse. Pitched for 4 seasons at WKU and comes to alot of games. No clue about any of this pyramid stuff, though.
World Wide Wes?
He is also the guy who gave Brandon Knight's mom a job.
"I love working (for Fortune Hi-Tech Marketing). It has been great and Lexington has been great." - Tonya Knight quote from 2011
This company has been accused of being a pyramid scheme for years. Probably not a good idea for an athletic department to have such close ties to this kind of booster. See UM-Nevin Shapiro.
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Me and my family have been victims of this scheme. My sister and her husband was invited to one of he higher ups home to watch the Super Bowl last year in North Carolina.
That sucks, how much did he get you guys for?
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Somewhere coach Calipari is updating his curriculum vitae.
I'm not sure exactly but it was well over $1,000 I would guess. Let me tell you something the NCAA really needs to look into Knights mom and Fortune High-Tech Marketing and her role into that. She didn't just fall into that company without some help because it can cost from $100 and up to over $400 or $500 to get started. Calapari and this guys involvement is going to be interesting to say the least.
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In my interaction with Paul I wouldn't consider him a World Wide Wes type. But all of our interaction was about baseball. We literally never talked about his work. But WKU baseball isn't exactly on the level of UK basketball.
She was actually in their human resources department. I suppose it is also possible she was in the "pyramid".
The reason the NCAA doesn't look into these employment matters is because they have no subpoena power. Fortune Hi-Tech is under no obligation to discuss the reason they hired her or how much she was paid. Of course, now that their records have been seized, it may be easier to get that info.
I don't really get the timing of her employment. Brandon Knight committed to UK in April, 2010. According to this link, she was named senior human resources specialist in October 2009. She didn't even move to Kentucky until his freshman year started in the Fall of 2010. In another article, it mentioned she moved to Kentucky during his freshman season and then found the job. Is it possible the date on this link is off by a year?
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Regarding my last post, I have to believe there is something wrong with the date listed. If her hiring were announced months before he even committed to UK, it would have been all over the recruiting reports.
Any Kentucky fans with even the slightest knowledge of Miami and Shapiro have to be very nervous right now.
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