• #101 by jbcarol on 31 Dec 2016
  • #102 by jbcarol on 26 Jan 2017

    1). HOW KATINA POWELL GOT INTO THE BASKETBALL DORM. In all of the responses from U of L to the NCAA’s Notice of Allegations on the Katina Powell sex-for-recruits scandal, none probably was more bizarre than the series of problems described in basketball Rick Pitino’s defense to the NCAA’s charge that he failed to monitor the program.

    Powell described in her book how she and her girls would go through a side door into the dorm. But there had been little explanation of why security camera footage wasn’t available or why an alarm on the door didn’t go off.

    Pitino’s attorney says the dorm’s video security cameras often weren’t working. The company charged with running the dorm provided the NCAA with nearly 1,000 pages of daily activity reports for the dorm. The response says, “A cursory review of those Reports shows that the security guard frequently noted that some of the security cameras were not working. It appears that malfunctioning security cameras was a frequent problem in 2013 and 2014. Thus, one of the front-line mechanisms for monitoring Minardi Hall was not fully functioning during the period of McGee's illicit activities.” Moreover, the company did not provide daily reports prior to 2013, leaving many of the years in which Powell alleges she held parties in the dorm not accounted for.

    Moreover, then-director of basketball operations Andre McGee apparently had a means to disable the security alarm on a side door, through which Powell said she brought women to parties. “The door was supposed to be used only for emergencies and an alarm was supposed to sound whenever the door was opened,” according to the response. “However, McGee had a key that allowed him to disarm the alarm.”

    The decision to give that key to McGee was made by a Louisville housing supervisor whose name has been redacted.

    Beyond that, one resident told investigators that McGee brought strippers into the dorm late at night when the resident assistant was off duty and the security guard “ would usually literally be asleep at the door.”

    Also from the report: “An Incident Report filed in 2012 strongly suggests that a security guard who worked at Minardi may have been willing to overlook strippers being brought into the dorm.”

    The report then goes on to report an alleged sexual assault by this security guard, who was the subject of an incident report —

    2. AT LEAST ONE RECRUIT SAYS HE PASSED ON LOUISVILLE BECAUSE OF THE STRIPPERS. More than one recruit told investigators that their “experience with the strippers was uncomfortable or embarrassing.” One recruit said McGee offered to send strippers to his hotel to entertain him, and he asked him not to, saying, “I know females that I go to high school with and we’re not trying to mess with any . . . older girls that look disgusting, that look like they carry diseases.”

    4). THE SCHOOL STILL QUESTIONS ELEMENTS OF POWELL’S CREDIBILITY. The ship has sailed, for the most part, because the school has acknowledged that there were shows in the dorms and that Powell did provide strippers who performed sexual acts for players and recruits.

    5).PITINO VEHEMENTLY DISPUTES THE ALLEGATION THAT HE DID NOT MONITOR McGEE. I’ll write more about Pitino’s response to the Notice of Allegations, but the NCAA essentially says that Pitino did not heed red flags when it came to what was going on in the basketball dorm, that he did not conduct regular spot checks or ask pointed follow up questions.

    From the response:

        To persuade some of the young men to tell them about the strip shows, the enforcement staff requested and obtained limited immunity from the Chairperson of the COL Limited immunity is an investigative tool used by the enforcement staff to elicit truthful information from student-athletes who may have been involved in NCAA violations which could jeopardize their eligibility to compete. In exchange for truthful information, the enforcement staff agrees not to put the student-athlete at-risk for losing his eligibility.

        The staff told the Chairperson of the (Committee on Infractions) that limited immunity was necessary to facilitate obtaining full cooperation and truthful information. Thus, trained NCAA investigators, armed with the details from the book, photos and Ms. Powell's journal, believed they needed to give the young men limited immunity to get them to tell the truth.

        Pitino, of course, had not even an inkling that strip shows were going on in the dorm, much less all of the details of the illicit activities or the ability to give the student-athletes immunity from losing their eligibility. Yet according to the enforcement staff, Pitino would have uncovered the secret and deliberately concealed activities if he had only asked some "pointed questions" and "solicited honest feedback.
  • #103 by jbcarol on 26 Jan 2017
  •  Matt Jones ‏@KySportsRadio 38m38 minutes ago

    UL responded yesterday to the NCAA about its Stripper Scandal...tonight @DrewFranklinKSR responded to UL:

    University of Louisville and Rick Pitino responded to the NCAA’s Notice of Allegations with 135 pages of rebuttal — 92 pages from the University, 43 from Pitino and his lawyer — released to the public on Wednesday. The rebuttal did not dispute that the alleged stripper parties and NCAA violations occurred in Louisville’s Minardi Hall, but it did fight the good fight for Pitino, who was accused of failing to monitor his program.

    Me being a big fan of comedy and the occasional sex scandal, I read all 135 pages in my spare time today and I found it to be an absolutely hilarious read, especially as a rival fan. The interviews with some of the involved student-athletes and visiting prospects provide dialogue you simply cannot make up. The names in those interviews are redacted, unfortunately, but their testimonies are still very entertaining (and often damning) despite the anonymity.

    This one here is a look-in-the-mirror moment for the University of Louisville. You were the first city-owned public university in the United States; your School of Medicine had the first fully self-contained artificial heart transplant surgery; your basketball program is considered one of the best of all time; and you just wrote the words “pop the bands and begin throwing around the cash” in defense of yourself in an investigation of your university.
  • #104 by jbcarol on 10 Mar 2017
  •  Not Jerry Tipton‏ @NotJerryTipton 10h10 hours ago

    Louisville's ACC Tournament record:

    2015: 0-1 (lost in quarterfinals)

    2016: Didn't participate (whores)

    2017: 0-1 (lost in quarterfinals)
  • #105 by jbcarol on 23 Mar 2017
  •  Matt Jones‏ @KySportsRadio 5h5 hours ago

    NCAA slams virtually all of UL arguments and defense of Rick Pitino:
  • #106 by jbcarol on 23 Mar 2017
  • #107 by Vantage 8 dude on 24 Mar 2017
  • Realize this thread is quite old. However, I just noticed that is says in part "former UofL ASS (caps mine) coach paid for escorts to have sex w/recruits". If that's the case then I don't know how anyone could complain. Obviously the "tail coach" was merely doing what he was hired to do". ;) ;D :) 8)
  • #108 by jbcarol on 24 Mar 2017
  • Realize this thread is quite old. However, I just noticed that is says in part "former UofL ASS (caps mine) coach paid for escorts to have sex w/recruits". If that's the case then I don't know how anyone could complain. Obviously the "tail coach" was merely doing what he was hired to do". ;) ;D :) 8)

    oop$, typo
  • #109 by Vantage 8 dude on 24 Mar 2017
  • oop$, typo
    I figured that; then again, it was too "delicious" to pass up. ;) :P
  • #110 by hobhog on 24 Mar 2017
  • Not Jerry Tipton‏ @NotJerryTipton 10h10 hours ago

    Louisville's ACC Tournament record:

    2015: 0-1 (lost in quarterfinals)

    2016: Didn't participate (whores)

    2017: 0-1 (lost in quarterfinals)

    truth funnier than fiction right there........
  • #111 by jbcarol on 24 Mar 2017
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  • #114 by jbcarol on 03 Jun 2017
  •  Not Jerry Tipton‏ @NotJerryTipton 22h22 hours ago

    AD Tom Jurich, on UofL's decision to raise basketball ticket prices by $3 per game: "Them hookers ain't gonna pay for themselves."
  • #115 by jbcarol on 09 Jun 2017
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  • #117 by jbcarol on 15 Jun 2017
  •  Eric Crawford‏Verified account @ericcrawford 2h2 hours ago

    U of L has announced a news conference for 12:30 p.m. -- Rick Pitino, Tom Jurich, Greg Postel. The NCAA will take questions at noon.
  • #118 by jbcarol on 15 Jun 2017
  • #119 by jbcarol on 15 Jun 2017

    U of L also must return money received for the 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 NCAA Tournaments.

    By all appearances, and from my background, it looks to me as if the 2012 Final Four and 2013 championship will be vacated. BUT ...

    U of L will have to determine what players are involved, and within 45 days say which wins are vacated.
  • #120 by jbcarol on 15 Jun 2017
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  •  Eric Crawford‏Verified account @ericcrawford 7m7 minutes ago

    The NCAA knows which players were involved and who was ineligible. Not sure why it wouldn't go ahead and make it's call. Will ask.

  • #124 by jbcarol on 15 Jun 2017

     Eric Crawford‏Verified account @ericcrawford 27m27 minutes ago

    Interesting note on the money U of L must return -- much of it was left with Big East and AAC as exit fees.
  • #125 by jbcarol on 15 Jun 2017
  •  Jeff Goodman‏Verified account @GoodmanESPN 29m29 minutes ago

    Bottom line: Most impactful thing for Louisville would have been another year of postseason ban. Avoided that.
  • #126 by jbcarol on 15 Jun 2017
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  • #128 by jbcarol on 15 Jun 2017
  • Eric Crawford‏Verified account @ericcrawford 2h2 hours ago

    U of L has announced a news conference for 12:30 p.m. -- Rick Pitino, Tom Jurich, Greg Postel. The NCAA will take questions at noon.

     Eric Crawford‏Verified account @ericcrawford 4h4 hours ago

    Smrt did confirm that the 2013 NCAA title was among those things that should be vacated if this ruling stands, therefore ...

    ... The NCAA, as of today, has instructed UofL to vacate its 2013 national title, a first in men's basketball history. Appeal to come.
  • #129 by jbcarol on 16 Jun 2017

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — Of the thousands of words delivered in the aftermath of the stinging penalties the NCAA pinned on Rick Pitino and the University of Louisville basketball program Thursday, one continues to resonate.

    That word is repugnant.

    It was delivered by Carol Cartwright, the chief hearing officer for the Committee on Infractions as well as the respected president emeritus at two universities.

    Cartwright called the string of Louisville NCAA violations “repugnant.”

    Repugnant is not an overused sports word like unbelievable or clutch...

    It’s a harsh and sober word, one that I cannot remember invoked to describe the activities that occurred around a Division I basketball program over a four-year period. Not at Syracuse. Not at UNLV. Not anywhere.

    That’s the slice of this NCAA fiasco that Pitino, U of L athletic director Tom Jurich, interim president Dr. Greg Postel and others at the university  dismissed, downplayed or overlooked in their Thursday push back against penalties they view as excessive, harsh and worthy of appeal.

    This wasn’t a $100 handshake that led to the Cardinals likely having to vacate the 2013 NCAA title, 2012 Final Four appearance and string of victories.

    This wasn’t handing a recruit a fancy pair of wireless headphones that resulted in four years of probation going forward for the program.

    This wasn’t fiddling with a high school transcript or arranging for a free steak and lobster dinner that will force Pitino to miss the first five games of the 2017-18 Atlantic Coast Conference season.

    This was paying for sex for players and prospects who were sometimes 17 years old (or younger) —
  • #130 by jbcarol on 16 Jun 2017
  • #131 by jbcarol on 16 Jun 2017

    Penalties include 5-game head coach suspension and vacation of records in which student-athletes competed while ineligible from 2010-14.

     Not Jerry Tipton‏ @NotJerryTipton 1h1 hour ago

    Here's a list of every Division I basketball program in the state of Kentucky in the top 25 in all time wins:

    1. UK
    17. WKU

    That is all.
  • #132 by jbcarol on 19 Jun 2017
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  •  Not Jerry Tipton‏ @NotJerryTipton Jun 23

    Chane Behanan is selling his 2013 NCAA Championship ring. (Beware, though. After four years, you have to return it.)
  • #134 by jbcarol on 17 Jul 2017
  • #135 by jbcarol on 23 Jul 2017

    It would be displayed on a building like this:

     Jason Rubin‏ @jasonrubin24 Jul 20

    Hugh Freeze proves that you can't spell "escort" without S-E-C.

     Jason Rubin‏ @jasonrubin24 Jul 20

    "Amateur" - Rick Pitino
  • #136 by jbcarol on 12 Aug 2017
  • Matt Jones: Seriously take a second and read the amazing arguments UL is trying to make to the NCAA to reverse its decision

        The Committee on Infractions (COI), however, imposed a further and much more draconian set of punishments. In addition to punishing the institution for this conduct, it found that the student-athletes—the very same “minors” whom the COI rightly thought McGee had taken advantage of—were rendered ineligible by McGee’s actions, and that every one of their victories should be vacated and every dollar received from NCAA tournament games in which they participated should be disgorged. That cannot be right. The student-athletes were not culpable for McGee’s conduct, and they received no meaningful benefit or advantage from it. Had the University known of what McGee did, it would have quickly obtained their reinstatement— athlete remaining on the team when the violations came to light. It is unjust, and grossly disproportionate, to wipe away the entirety of these students’ collegiate athletic careers because of parties that they had no part in creating and no choice in attending. And it is unquestionably unfair to the many team members who had no involvement in McGee’s activities at all.

        The COI further erred by issuing these enormous penalties without weighing several critical factors. The Infractions Appeals Committee (IAC) has repeatedly said that the COI “must” assign an institution’s corrective and cooperative efforts 3 and self-imposed punishments “substantial weight”; the COI ignored them entirely.


    [Redacted] left the room before any striptease began; benefits below the NCAA’s restitution threshold; [Redacted] shielded by the COI’s grant of limited immunity. Furthermore, not one student who later competed in the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons engaged in a sex act. Even if these student-athletes were technically ineligible, they would unquestionably have been reinstated.


        The University disputed the dollar values the NOA assigned to some of the “benefits.” In several cases the enforcement staff assigned different values to the same act—for instance, valuing a dance at $175 in one case and $125 in another—based on the fact that Powell had notated them differently in her journal.

        As the University explained, these differences were arbitrary, and the identical benefits should be valued similarly. It therefore determined, among other things, that had received benefits valued at $125, rather than $175, as the enforcement staff alleged.


    Where a student-athlete receives a benefit of little value—such as a recruiting inducement worth $500 or less—the committee instructs that he should be reinstated without any loss of competition upon repayment.


    It would be absurd, and grossly disproportionate, to hold that an individual who receives an unwanted and minor benefit during recruitment—say, a car ride worth $150—should have his entire collegiate record nullified if that conduct is discovered years later.


    No prior decision has ever imposed vacation or disgorgement because of an extra-benefits or inducement violation for which the student-athletes bore such limited culpability, gained so little of value, and received no advantage...
  • #137 by jbcarol on 12 Aug 2017
  •  Eric Crawford‏Verified account @ericcrawford

    More from the U of L appeal . . .

  • #138 by jbcarol on 12 Aug 2017
  •  Not Jerry Tipton‏ @NotJerryTipton 14h14 hours ago

    UofL: "They received almost nothing of value from it."

    Translation: "Yes, they were hookers, but they were cheap hookers."

  • #139 by jbcarol on 27 Sep 2017
  • Should Louisville basketball get the death penalty?

    Cardinals are at the center of another NCAA investigation, this time for corruption. The program was already on probation for a sex scandal involving escorts last year. This second violation while on probation is inexcusable, and the NCAA should ban the Cardinals from competing in basketball for at least one year. However, this could have been the work of rogue forces.

    Louisville is already on probation for a sex scandal involving escorts and students since earlier this year. These allegations could not have come at a worse time for the program. If Louisville is found guilty of this corruption scandal, that would be two major violations in five years, making the school eligible for the death penalty, a punishment where the basketball program would be banned from competing.

    Head coach Rick Pitino can claim he didn't know about the program allegedly paying $100,000 to secure the commitment of Brian Bowen, but everyone knows you can't be this ignorant this many times. The death penalty is coming.

    Death penalty? Please. For all anyone knows, this corruption scandal could've been orchestrated and executed by Adidas and only Adidas. Louisville is an Adidas-sponsored school...
  • #140 by jbcarol on 27 Sep 2017
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  •  Jon Rothstein‏Verified account @JonRothstein 11h11 hours ago

    Rick Pitino has released a statement, per his attorney.
  • #142 by jbcarol on 27 Sep 2017
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  • #144 by jbcarol on 28 Sep 2017
  •  Jon Rothstein‏Verified account @JonRothstein

    Rick Pitino has released another statement, per his attorney.
  • #145 by jbcarol on 28 Sep 2017
  •  Tim Sullivan‏ @TimSullivan714

    Heard ESPN 680's Bob Valvano say #Louisville's deposed AD Tom Jurich treated him like "dog crap." Gloves coming off.
    12:06 PM - 27 Sep 2017

    Jim's brother was on the Louisville broadcast crew

     Kyle Tucker‏ @KyleTucker_SEC 8h8 hours ago

    Kyle Tucker Retweeted Tim Sullivan

    Be a whole lotta stories like that now that people ain't scared.
  • #146 by jbcarol on 28 Sep 2017
  • Brian Bowen II
    🏀‏ @20tugs

    Happy To Announce My Commitment To The Ville ‼️Let's get ittttt🔴⚫️#L1C4

     Brian Bowen II
    🏀 Retweeted
    Sneaker Pics‏ @SneakerPics23 Jun 6


     Donovan Mitchell‏Verified account @spidadmitchell

    @20tugs congrats brotha! Big things coming soon for you 🙏🏾💯
    10:20 AM - 4 Jun 2017 from Chicago, IL

    Brian Bowen II 🏀‏ @20tugs Jun 4

    Brian Bowen II

    🏀 Retweeted Donovan Mitchell

    No doubt! 😈Thanks bro🙌🏽
  • #147 by jbcarol on 30 Sep 2017
  • Ben Roberts‏ @BenRobertsHL

    NEW: I talked to Brian Bowen on April 28 about his recruitment. Louisville was never mentioned. How we ended up here

    On April 28, in a basketball gym in Westfield, Ind., with dozens of high school prospects playing on several different courts, Brian Bowen stood in a crowd near a set of bleachers and watched the action.

    Bowen — one of the top recruits in the country —

    6-foot-7 small forward said that he was still considering five schools: Arizona, Creighton, Michigan State, North Carolina State and Texas, before adding that Oregon had been talking to him recently, as well. “So that’s a new addition,” he said.

    The other five schools had been on his list for more than a year. He had visited their campuses, and he had met with their coaches. He just wasn’t ready to make a decision.

    Bowen laughed about being one of the few top players in the 2017 recruiting class who had not yet made a college choice, and he said he never thought his recruitment would last this long.

    “I always looked at the guys (who waited) … and I was like, ‘Why are they taking so long? I will never be that guy.’ And now I’m that guy. It’s crazy,” Bowen said.

    One school that Bowen never mentioned that night was Louisville, a program that, in fact, had not been linked to Bowen at any time during his recruitment to that point.

    “It’s truly a long process,” he said then. “You don’t want to rush it. You have to take your time. There are guys who are maybe staying in school, maybe going to the NBA. There are coaches getting fired. There are so many factors.

    “I’m in a position now where I really understand.”

    A few days later, he took a recruiting visit to Oregon.

    Three weeks after that, Bowen was on U of L’s campus for a visit.

    Five days later, he was committed to the Cardinals.

    In an interview soon after with WHAS, U of L Coach Rick Pitino described the Bowen recruitment as the “luckiest I’ve been” in 40 years of coaching.

    What happened in the weeks that followed that interview in an Indiana gym on April 28 is the subject of an ongoing federal investigation. Pitino has been put on administrative leave and is expected to be fired. Bowen might never play a game of college basketball.
  • #148 by jbcarol on 03 Oct 2017
  •  Dorian Craft‏Verified account @doriancraft 14h14 hours ago

    Louisville Board OKs Firing Of Pitino In Hoops Scandal @LEX18News -
  • #149 by DLUXHOG on 03 Oct 2017

  • NEW: I talked to Brian Bowen on April 28 about his recruitment. Louisville was never mentioned. How we ended up here

    Three weeks after that, Bowen was on U of L’s campus for a visit.

    Five days later
    , he was committed to the Cardinals.

    Don't ever, underestimate the power of p*ssy...  paid for or free, fresh or used..... doesn't seem to matter........
  • #150 by OneTuskOverTheLine™ on 04 Oct 2017
  • Matt Jones ‏@KySportsRadio 17h17 hours ago

    Well there you go RT @WKYT: 'Breaking Cardinal Rules' hits top of Amazon bestseller lists