A Sex-for-Recruits Scandal hits Louisville Basketball. A book soon-to-be-released recounts four years (2010-2014) of a Rick Pitino assistant employing a local Louisville escort service to provide prostitutes for Louisville basketballers and recruits.
I know this is going to SHOCK YOU, BUT…. Rick Pitino says he knows nothing about it… but intends to get to the bottom of it. Of course Rick basically said that when he was caught having sex on a table at a Italian restaurant and it wasn’t with Mrs Pitino.
FYI… Rick’s “excuse” for THAT was that his brother-in-law had died in the WTC on 9/11 6-7 years earlier ????
Is there ANYTHING that a Major College FB / BB Coach DOES know about his program ???
In case you’re already wondering Louisville Football Coach – the infamous Bobby Petrino – is NOT listed in the book. Bobby, as you may remember prefers student volleyball players and motorcycles for his sexual escapades.
For something that “didn’t happen”…. there are apparently 100s of emails and other records proving IT DID!
In case you’re also wondering…. no Former Miss Texas or Former Miss Kentucky is listed in this one.
THIS be Mother/Madam Powell …. no pics of daughters yet.
GUESS WHO is the General Counsel for Univ of Louisville – Leslie Strohm …. recognize that name ???
… Leslie Strohm was UNC’s General Counsel thru the “early years” of TGU. When she resigned (wink, wink) no one tried to stop her. Watching how Leslie deals with THIS ONE oughta be fun…. huh?
UNCONFIRMED RUMOR: Reps from two Univ Kentucky Rabid Fan websites have contacted PackPride for advice on Maximizing The Damage To The ‘ville. Negotiations are underway. Again – UNCONFIRMED.
Louisville investigating claims of escort use in recruiting
The University of Louisville and the NCAA are looking into allegations in a soon-to-be-published book that a former director of basketball operations paid an escort service to provide sex for Cardinals recruits.
The NCAA talked to LSU freshman and ex-Louisville commit Antonio Blakeney earlier this week about his experiences on a recruiting visit, a source told ESPN.
“We’re still trying to uncover the facts,” Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich said during a news conference Friday. “We want to get to the bottom of it as much as anybody does … and we will.”
The book, titled “Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen,” contends that a woman named Katina Powell was hired repeatedly by former Louisville player, graduate assistant and director of basketball operations Andre McGee to provide strippers and prostitutes during recruits’ campus visits.
In the book, the 43-year-old Powell says she provided entertainment for 22 parties from 2010 to 2014 at Billy Minardi Hall, which houses Cardinals basketball players. Powell said she and three of her daughters, along with other women, participated in the sex acts.
Coach Rick Pitino said he spoke with McGee once since learning about the book’s contents. Pitino said McGee did not admit to any wrongdoing.
Pitino added that he had spoken with up to 15 assistants about the allegations.
Louisville released a statement Friday that it first learned of the allegations when the Indianapolis Business Journal contacted the school in late August. The school said it retained Chuck Smrt of the Compliance Group, which assists schools in NCAA cases, to conduct an investigation.
“In coordination with the University’s legal counsel and faculty athletics representative, Mr. Smrt’s review was quickly launched to assess the validity of the information and the potential for any NCAA rules violations,” the school said in its statement. “The University, on its own initiative, notified the NCAA Enforcement Staff regarding this matter and has been in regular communication with them.
“The University of Louisville will continue its review in full cooperation and coordination with the NCAA and if warranted, take any appropriate action. The allegations have been taken very seriously. In no way would anyone at this institution condone the alleged activities.”
The book is scheduled to be released by IBJ Book Publishing LLC as soon as this weekend. Powell told the IBJ that part of the reason she is doing the book is to make money. She will receive 10 percent of the book’s sales.
Jurich said he has been in contact with Pitino about the allegations.
“We talk all the time. He’s my basketball coach,” Jurich said. “He wouldn’t condone this either. He has a perfect track record.”
Yahoo! Sports first reported that the book would be published.
McGee is currently an assistant coach at UMKC after leaving Louisville in 2014. ESPN’s attempts to contact him were not immediately returned.
“Andre’s a young man, and I’m not going to turn my back on him,” Jurich said. “…I would be very shocked if he were involved in this.”
The Associated Press contributed to this repo
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