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Late Friday afternoon provided your weekend conversation-starter. Out of nowhere, came the bombshell, first reported by Pat Forde of Yahoo Sports, that a new book makes allegations that a former Louisville assistant basketball coach paid for escorts to have sex with basketball recruits. In fact, U of L has been conducting an internal investigation into those allegations.

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The book, “Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen,” is being published by IBJ Book Publishing of Indianapolis. The book is written by Louisville resident Katina Powell – a self-described madam who allegedly provided girls to the Louisville team – and Indianapolis-based journalist Dick Cady. Powell alleges that former graduate assistant and director of operations Andre McGee paid her thousands of dollars over a four-year period to provide women to dance for and have sex with Cardinals basketball players – often in the players’ on-campus dorm.

This isn’t the first time that a sex scandal has been linked to Louisville basketball. Head coach Rick Pitino had his own personal and infamous sex scandal not that long ago.

https://twitter.com/BrianHamiltonSI/status/650075196741812225

Not Jerry Tipton ‏@NotJerryTipton 16h16 hours ago

So not only is Louisville embroiled in a sex scandal involving hookers & recruits, but they're blaming it on Indiana?



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Tom Crean: "Any assertion our basketball program had anything to do with the situation at Louisville is flat-out wrong."

 Pat Forde ‏@YahooForde 13h13 hours ago

Updated story on allegations that Louisville basketball staffer paid madam to provide sex for players and recruits http://yhoo.it/1PattkY

Louisville madam Katina Powell kept journals/diaries of alleged transactions. Hand-written page in book lists 19 parties with UL/McGee/etc

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Yikes: Madam says she was so involved w/ #Louisville hoops 2013 title team that "I felt like I was part of the recruitment team."

Adam Zagoria ‏@AdamZagoria 18h18 hours ago

From the Indianapolis Business Journal story:
"At those parties, Powell said, high school-age recruits were offered alcohol by McGee...
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Anthony Wireman ‏@awireman 11h11 hours ago

This line caught my eye... "Katina often serviced parents of recruits." Wow.
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Late Friday afternoon provided your weekend conversation-starter. Out of nowhere, came the bombshell, first reported by Pat Forde of Yahoo Sports, that a new book makes allegations that a former Louisville assistant basketball coach paid for escorts to have sex with basketball recruits. In fact, U of L has been conducting an internal investigation into those allegations.

https://twitter.com/BrianHamiltonSI/status/650075196741812225

Not Jerry Tipton ‏@NotJerryTipton 16h16 hours ago

So not only is Louisville embroiled in a sex scandal involving hookers & recruits, but they're blaming it on Indiana?



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Tom Crean: "Any assertion our basketball program had anything to do with the situation at Louisville is flat-out wrong."

 Pat Forde ‏@YahooForde 13h13 hours ago

Updated story on allegations that Louisville basketball staffer paid madam to provide sex for players and recruits http://yhoo.it/1PattkY

Louisville madam Katina Powell kept journals/diaries of alleged transactions. Hand-written page in book lists 19 parties with UL/McGee/etc

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Yikes: Madam says she was so involved w/ #Louisville hoops 2013 title team that "I felt like I was part of the recruitment team."

Adam Zagoria ‏@AdamZagoria 18h18 hours ago

From the Indianapolis Business Journal story:
"At those parties, Powell said, high school-age recruits were offered alcohol by McGee...


This is exactly why athletes need stipends.  These necessities might be too expensive, for the average student/athlete.     ;)
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Matt Jones ‏@KySportsRadio 2h2 hours ago

Good column RT @rickbozich: Does Rick Pitino's career rest on the veracity of Katina Powell's story? Yes. http://bit.ly/1Q1CT0t
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Matt Jones ‏@KySportsRadio 17h17 hours ago

Well there you go RT @WKYT: 'Breaking Cardinal Rules' hits top of Amazon bestseller lists http://ow.ly/352mHs
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Jeff Greer ‏@jeffgreer_cj 12h12 hours ago

Louisville has been paying Chuck Smrt since early September for what could be a very costly investigation http://cjky.it/1OmSI4k

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Jurich said he had hired former NCAA enforcement staffer Chuck Smrt, who runs The Compliance Group, to investigate Powell's claims for U of L.

U of L is paying Smrt $235 an hour for his time, and, if other employees from The Compliance Group are involved, they will receive $200 an hour, according to the university's contract with TCG that was obtained through an open records request by The Courier-Journal. In addition to billable hours, transcript and report preparation and research services will be billed at $95 per hour, the contract says.

"The first response we have is to get a hold of the NCAA and let them know what's going on -- and hire Chuck Smrt," Jurich said Friday. "He's probably the No. 1 person in the country that does this kind of thing. We want to know the facts. We are trying to do the due diligence that we can with the limited information we have."

The agreement was effective Sept. 1, the day after the book's coauthor, Dick Cady, said he met with U of L officials. It was signed a week later by Kevin Miller, U of L's executive senior associate athletic director for internal operations. Smrt signed the contract on Sept. 11.

The funding for Smrt's investigation will come out of the basketball program's budget...
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 Gary Parrish ‏@GaryParrishCBS 1h1 hour ago

Ex-Louisville recruit JaQuan Lyle ‘told the truth’ to NCAA while confirming allegations, a source told @CBSSports. http://cbsprt.co/1N1HE9H

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Ohio State freshman JaQuan Lyle spoke with an NCAA investigator this week about his recruiting visit to Louisville in June 2013 and confirmed the gist of allegations involving paid escorts during his trip to the school, a source with knowledge of the NCAA's investigation told CBS Sports on Thursday morning.

"He told the truth," the source said...
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Matt Jones ‏@KySportsRadio 3h3 hours ago

BREAKING: Former UL Player has also confirmed the story according to @ericcrawford: http://bit.ly/1FV91CM
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Bruce Feldman ‏@BruceFeldmanCFB 1h1 hour ago

Louisville president states support for AD but does not do same for Pitino: http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/eye-on-college-basketball/25331669/louisville-president-states-support-for-ad-but-does-not-do-same-for-pitino

Terry Meiners ‏@terrymeiners 39m39 minutes ago

Here's my @840WHAS radio chat with Louisville head coach Rick Pitino on scandalous claims in #BreakingCardinalRules http://www.whas.com/media/podcast-terry-meiners-TerryMeiners/rick-pitino-talks-about-breaking-cardinal-26415191/
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Kyle Tucker ‏@KyleTucker_CJ 8h8 hours ago

Some U of L fans need to reel in the crazy and lots of UK fans need to dial down the schadenfreude. Neither is a good look.

https://twitter.com/TimShoemaker/status/652316819609546753

Matt Jones ‏@KySportsRadio 12h12 hours ago

Here's how you know this stuff about UL is serious....@GoodmanESPN is writing and trying to start stuff on Kentucky. #Distraction
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Dana O'Neil ‏@ESPNDanaOneil 17m17 minutes ago

Former Louisville Cardinals men's basketball player says strippers visited dorm 'one or two times' http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/13841658/former-louisville-cardinals-men-basketball-player-says-strippers-visited-dorm-one-two-s

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The former player, who played during the years in question, spoke to ESPN.com under the condition of anonymity. He said he didn't know who contacted the strippers and that their presence wasn't announced to the entire team.

He said he only went into that particular room because of the loud music and estimated about a dozen people, including the women, were present.

He added: "It was just [for fun], and after that it was like a regular night. We went out to a club. Far as paying for sex -- nobody did that. She [Powell] is lying about that."
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Dana O'Neil ‏@ESPNDanaOneil Oct 8

FWIW NCAA VP of enforcement Jon Duncan told me head coach penalty "is rebuttable.'' In other words, not automatic penalty.
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Matt Jones ‏@KySportsRadio 4h4 hours ago

Andy Katz says Louisville could be subject to a Level 1 NCAA Infractions case http://bit.ly/1P3Nzhz  #BBN

Would know.

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Katz spoke to an NCAA expert who gave him the rundown on the penalties the Cards could face. The expert said IF the allegations are proven true, Louisville would be subject to a Level 1 case. What does that mean? According to Katz:

    Recruiting sanctions
    Coach game suspensions
    Scholarships taken away
    Postseason ban
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Jeff Greer ‏@jeffgreer_cj 4h4 hours ago

In today's @courierjournal: A look at the Louisville hoops investigations and why they will take a while http://cjky.it/1WTBCwB

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Anthony Wireman ‏@awireman 11h11 hours ago

This line caught my eye... "Katina often serviced parents of recruits." Wow.

I wonder if my 30 something son could still be considered a recruit?
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This isn't anything new.

This goes on at awbern with the football program...... 8)

Why else would four and five-stars go to that cesspool?
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Nothing new it gone on for at least 50 years in all College Sports.
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I always thought it was the job of the sorority pledges...
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Matt Jones ‏@KySportsRadio Oct 13

One more Sex Scandal and UL fans will probably name the Yum Center after Pitino
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Dan Wolken ‏@DanWolken Oct 15

Fellow prostitute believes Louisville accuser's allegations http://usat.ly/1RKKlhL  via @usatoday

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The woman won’t say her real name, only that she goes by Tiffany Monae. And unlike University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino and others connected to the program, she has no trouble believing Katina Powell — the Louisville woman who alleges that she received thousands of dollars for her and her under aged daughters to have sex with Louisville basketball recruits...
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Matt Jones ‏@KySportsRadio 12h12 hours ago

Source tells KSR that Katina Powell will be on Good Morning America, a special edition of Sportscenter and Outside the Lines to[day]

Amelia Rayno ‏@AmeliaRayno 20h20 hours ago

From last week, Pitino comes to the defense of his father over alleged sex scandal at L'ville. http://www.startribune.com/gophers-pitino-comes-to-dad-s-defense-regarding-louisville-escort-accusations/333144161/

Richard Pitino was a former assistant on his father's staff.  Did a season with Billy Donovan at Florida during the height of the elder Pitino's revealed involvement in the Karen Sypher case.
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https://twitter.com/GoodmanESPN/status/656436251285966848

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One of the former players said he had sex with a dancer after McGee paid her. Each of the players and recruits attended different parties at Billy Minardi Hall, where dancers, many of whom stripped naked, were present. Three of the five players said they attended parties as recruits and also when they played for Louisville.

All five of the ex-players or recruits spoke with Outside the Lines on the condition of anonymity, citing a fear of retribution from Louisville fans, players and coaches.

Billy Minardi was Rick Pitino's brother-in-law who was killed in the World Trade Center on 9/11/01. 
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Matt Jones ‏@KySportsRadio 2h2 hours ago

Here is the video of the UL story from this morning. 5 Former players/recruits confirm the story: http://kentuckysportsradio.com/basketball-2/5-louisville-players-and-recruits-confirm-stripper-partiesprostitution-to-espn/

Dan Dakich says on ESPN Radio, "I would have fired Rick Pitino immediately. This is a complete embarrassment"
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Rick Pitino has to go

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“Louisville basketball is not destroyed, but it is severely damaged. Worse, it’s a laughingstock. An embarrassment. At least Ole Miss football, back in the Billy Brewer days, had the smarts to take its recruits to Memphis strip clubs. According to ESPN, U of L brought the strippers to the recruits. In the midst of the flames, Louisville AD Tom Jurich released a statement Tuesday saying Pitino had no intention of resigning. That’s too bad. He should put the program ahead of himself.”
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https://twitter.com/sallyjenx/status/656894261976256512

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I am The Coach, and I admit that The Coach usually knows everything. But in this case, I didn’t know anything. The only person who knows anything about any strippers entertaining recruits at Louisville is my former grad assistant coach. Whom I admit I know. But I don’t know what he knows. Only he knows what happened in that dormitory, which I admit, is named after my late brother-in-law.
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A University of Louisville student has sued Katina Powell and IBJ Book Publishing - http://cjky.it/1Krry4S  (h/t @Res4Six)

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University of Louisville student has sued escort Katina Powell and her publisher, sayingher book, "Breaking Cardinal Rules," tarnishes the university and reduces the value of her education.

Louisville lawyer Nader George Shunnarah, who is asking that the suit be designated a class action on behalf of all U of L students, could not be reached for comment. But he told an online news site that “the goal here is to benefit students instead of the prostitute.”

The suit asks that all profits from the book be placed with a receiver in the Jefferson Circuit Court clerk's office.

But Jon Fleischaker, a leading First Amendment attorney, said the suit, filed Thursday in Jefferson Circuit Court, is meritless and raises serious constitutional questions.

“Whatever you think of Katina Powell, she has a First Amendment right to write about whatever she wants and it appears that at least some of what she wrote is true,” said Fleischaker, who represents the Kentucky Press Association and The Courier-Journal.

“This is a silly lawsuit,” Fleischaker said.

The complaint was filed on behalf of Kyle Nicole Hornback, who said in an email that she is 19 and a sophomore.

It asks a judge to order all profits from “Breaking Cardinal Rules” placed with a receiver in the Jefferson Circuit Court clerk's office and ultimately given to U of L students.
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A University of Louisville student has sued Katina Powell and IBJ Book Publishing - http://cjky.it/1Krry4S  (h/t @Res4Six)

An unidentified source, claims that Pitino wants half of the profits from this book.... to go back to U of L, to be used for recruiting.... ;)
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Rick Pitino not going to ACC Media Day, but having three players go take the brunt of it, is WEAK
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https://twitter.com/GottliebShow/status/657584228595576832

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When it comes to Rick Pitino's lack of knowledge of the sex scandal accusations about the Louisville basketball program, most fans call B.S.

Many players say the same. I believe Pitino because I think a certain part of him has checked out.

But that aside, Pitino is an amazing coach, and he is a well-regarded speaker and author with a focus on leadership.

His practice plans are meticulous. Just like his suits and ties. He wears a microphone at practice as to make sure he is heard while not having to raise his voice above speaking level. He is a fanatic about fitness, not just for his players, but his own and the staff, who must lose weight and fall within fitness guidelines. Pitino challenges his players and staff to remember scouting reports with no notes...

Here is the thing about Pitino -- he isn't as involved off the floor in players' lives as the PR arm of Louisville would lead you to believe. In fact one coach told me that Pitino typically was gone from the KFC Yum! Center before his team had boarded their bus after the game. Pitino had, in his mind, checked out on his team over the past couple of years, when the light of the TV cameras weren't on him.

I think he did not know. I also think it doesn't actually matter...
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Rick Pitino not going to ACC Media Day, but having three players go take the brunt of it, is WEAK


Well, Pitino just couldn't make media day.  He's going to be busy trying to line up a new group of escorts to help with recruiting.  Pitino says that he's going to have stricter rules from now on.  No escort sex for recruits Dad's......only players.   ;)
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Matt Jones ‏@KySportsRadio 15h15 hours ago

Bill Simmons thinks it's a no-brained Rick Pitino needs to go http://bit.ly/1Mkwksd 

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“Here’s my quick take on Pitino: If he didn’t know, he should get fired. If he did know, he should resign. Either way he should be out. How are you presiding over a program that has a hooker scandal? Either way he should go.”
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Anthony Wireman ‏@awireman 11h11 hours ago

This line caught my eye... "Katina often serviced parents of recruits." Wow.

Talk about innovative recruiting practices...
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It's all about creating a "family atmosphere" for recruits. Louisville has just taken a more well rounded approach where the recruit also gets to be the daddy or have the naughty step parent/sibling they have seen so much of on the interwebz.
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The upside is that its going to piss off Louisvile fans so badly, that they'll end up trying to expose Kentucky.

 Those people hate with a tremendous passion, and it can only be good for us.
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The upside is that its going to piss off Louisvile fans so badly, that they'll end up trying to expose Kentucky.

 Those people hate with a tremendous passion, and it can only be good for us.

Yeah, but on the flip side, Pitino is about the only college coach whose ego is on the same level as Calipari's, so you know Slick John is just giddy inside that his rival (former mentor) is having to go through this.
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Yeah, but on the flip side, Pitino is about the only college coach whose ego is on the same level as Calipari's, so you know Slick John is just giddy inside that his rival (former mentor) is having to go through this.

I hope it sends a warm trickle down his leg, and he gets careless. 
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Randy Rosetta ‏@RandyRosetta 18h18 hours ago

#LSU coach Johnny Jones: Asked about Antonio Blakeney 'Whatever you know, I know. ... I don't have any updated information.'

#LSU coach Johnny Jones: Reiterated what he said last week in Charlotte -- Blakeney's eligibility not likely to be affected.



Committed to UofL before switching to LSU.
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Matt Jones ‏@KySportsRadio 23h23 hours ago

Billy Reed suggested on radio this morning that Nike may have tried to frame Pitino/UL in Prostitute Scandal. They are losing their minds
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Fran Fraschilla ‏@franfraschilla 16m16 minutes ago

Heard Louisville just announce that Damion Lee and Trey Lewis will handle all post game interviews this season.


Jody Demling ‏@jdemling 20h20 hours ago

Story/Video: Fifth-year seniors Trey Lewis and Damion Lee represent Louisville well at ACC Media Day.
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Hummmmm  it is funny to me none of the Dads have stepped forward to complain about this.
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Book: former UofL ass bball coach paid for escorts to have sex w/recruits, dads
« Reply #44 on: December 24, 2015, 09:32:49 am »

Among the best and worst of 2015:

Matt Jones ‏@KySportsRadio 20h20 hours ago

Washington Post does extensive report on all of the scandals engulfing University of Louisville http://wapo.st/1NCBDRm

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LOUISVILLE — The University of Louisville placed two high-ranking officials on paid leave this month after local media reported that the FBI was investigating the officials for allegedly misappropriating federal grant money. The news followed a series of recent scandals and embarrassments at the university, including a string of criminal convictions of senior staff for financial crimes dating back to 2008.


But along with the advances and successes, the university remains dogged by public scandal, most recently accusations that a former assistant basketball coach paid a woman thousands of dollars to provide prostitutes to parties attended by players and recruits at an on-campus dormitory for student-athletes. The commonwealth’s attorney in Jefferson County has impaneled a grand jury in the matter, and the woman at the center of the allegations, Katina Powell, is cooperating with a parallel NCAA investigation, according to ESPN.

In October, Ramsey apologized for wearing a stereotypical Mexican costume — along with numerous members of university staff — during a Halloween party...

On top of that, the university has been victimized by a series of financial criminals...
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Eric Crawford ‏@ericcrawford 6h6 hours ago

Late-night runs through Google News are so worth it …

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Eric Crawford ‏@ericcrawford 17h17 hours ago

FULL TRANSCRIPT & RAW VIDEO | Pitino talks UK postgame, allegations, more http://bit.ly/1YVPWnt

Eric Crawford ‏@ericcrawford 14h14 hours ago

CRAWFORD | What was THAT about? Reviewing the Pitino #NewYearsDay news conference http://bit.ly/1OBxelq

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — So, I can imagine what you’re asking right now. And I imagine the question goes something like this:

“What the hell was that?”

Rick Pitino had answered about 15 minutes worth of questions about the University of Louisville basketball team’s opener with Wake Forest and its prospects for ACC play when the usual “last question” notice was given. And that last question was: “Did you flip off fans after the Kentucky game?”

Pitino more or less said that he did not, maybe. It sounded as if, actually, he might’ve allowed that he flipped off something else, the air, perhaps, who knows? He didn’t stay on the topic long. Because he had other things he wanted to discuss.

As you might assume, the things Pitino said on Friday afternoon were a long time coming. Katina Powell’s allegations — that she provided strippers and prostitutes for Louisville players and recruits and was paid by former Louisville director of basketball operations Andre McGee for the services from 2010 to ’14 — are only part of Pitino’s frustration. On Friday, he expressed qualms with the coverage of those allegations.
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Eric Crawford ‏@ericcrawford 13h13 hours ago

CRAWFORD | Katina Powell’s attorney, Larry Wilder, responds to some of Rick Pitino’s Friday comments http://bit.ly/1mp35tt

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — After University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino spoke at length about the allegations that former Louisville escort Katina Powell has made about the program, her lawyer responded to some of his comments this afternoon.

Pitino said at a meeting with Indianapolis Business Journal publishing before “Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen,” was published, representatives of IBJ told two U of L officials, when questioned about her journals, that, “No, no, we wrote it. She can’t complete two sentences the right way to write a book.”

Pitino was relating what was told to him. Whether the quote is accurate, or to what it exactly referred -- the book or the journals themselves -- isn’t known. WDRB couldn’t reach officials at IBJ Book Publishing for comment, but Powell’s attorney, Larry Wilder, says those statements are inconsistent with anything the publisher ever has expressed about her in the past.

“I find it difficult to believe that anyone at IBJ would have been as hateful and mean-spirited about Ms. Powell as Coach Pitino has stated,” Wilder said in a text message exchange. “During my meetings with IBJ staff and ownership they have all been very respectful of her and her family. These gratuitous statements are clearly offered as a distraction to the truth.”

It was just the beginning of a 300-word statement from Wilder.

“Unfortunately, tragically, what Ms. Powell said took place at the university took place,” he said. “I appreciate Coach Pitino’s position. I understand he is hopeful that these things didn’t take place. However, the NCAA will render their opinion when they complete their full investigation and I am confident that their opinion will be reflective of the totality of the evidence and the circumstances. Ms. Powell continues to stand by her journals, her statements and the statements of those who have been interviewed by journalists, investigators and other lawyers. I am certain that the fraternity of ‘U of L basketball’ is as closely knit as any other. However, we have all been recent witnesses to just how far members of the ‘brotherhood’ will go to protect one another.”
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Matt Jones ‏@KySportsRadio 18h18 hours ago

Matt Jones Retweeted Howie Lindsey

Wow! Pitino acknowledges the UL scandal happened. I think that's the first time


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Pitino: "Did one person do some scurrilous things? i believe so… based on what I know now, I believe so."


Matt Jones ‏@KySportsRadio 18h18 hours ago

For months, UL fans said the Katina Powell scandal was made up...now their coach has admitted it. Reality sets in...

Rick Pitino is going out this year literally and metaphorically with his middle fingers up. The next few months could be wild
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Vaughts' Views ‏@vaughtsviews 9h9 hours ago

If it was not for off-court issues, seems to me Rick Pitino would be in running for Coach of Year. Doing amazing job this year
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