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NCAA lowers the boom on UofL basketball program; vacating 2013 national championship a possibility

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — If University of Louisville fans want to get one last look at the Cardinals’ 2013 NCAA championship and the 2012 Final Four banners that are hanging in the KFC Yum! Center, maybe a tour of the facility this summer would be in order. Because the banners might not be there by the time the 2017-18 season gets underway. That is the worst-case...

NCAA stands by allegations that Louisville’s Pitino should have known about improper activity

The NCAA is standing by its allegations against the Louisville men’s basketball program and Rick Pitino, saying the coach failed to notice “red flags” in activities by a former staffer who an escort says hired dancers for sex parties with recruits and players. “If Pitino saw no red flags in connection with (Andre) McGee’s interactions with then prospective and current...

NCAA charges UofL, Pitino with 4 major violations, but major mystery remains in basketball sex scandal

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — The NCAA’s notice of allegations announced on Thursday regarding its year-long investigation into the University of Louisville basketball program is as notable for what it DIDN’T say as for what it did say. And, thanks primarily to the silence of the leading character in the sordid affair, the investigation failed to answer the biggest...

Pitino: U of L had people in place who should have prevented alleged sex parties in players’ dorm

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — University of Louisville athletic department and administration officials say they can’t comment on the NCAA’s ongoing investigation of the school’s men’s basketball program, but evidently the gag order doesn’t apply to coach Rick Pitino. Or else he is just ignoring it. Pitino continues to be outspoken about the...

New ESPN report confirms U of L recruits told NCAA they were provided strippers, prostitutes in dorm

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — ESPN’s Outside the Lines, which has been the leader in reporting on developments in the sex scandal surrounding the University of Louisville basketball program, reported more damaging information Sunday morning. In a story on its Website, written by John Barr of ESPN.com, the network said that at least three former UofL recruits confirmed...

Pitino defends Jurich, Ramsey, says heavy fines for universities would be better than postseason bans

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — All it took was one question to Rick Pitino in his post-game press conference Saturday afternoon, and the University of Louisville basketball coach was off and running on an 11-minute monologue about the school’s self-imposed ban on postseason play. He ripped the system, namely the NCAA. He defended UofL president James Ramsey. He praised...

Opening Up: Pitino breaks long silence on sex scandal, skipping press conferences and more

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — It was billed as a news conference by University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino to preview the Cardinals’ Atlantic Coast Conference opener Sunday evening against Wake Forest. But with Pitino, you never know what you’re going to get — virtually nothing lately — and he surprised the media types Friday afternoon...

Billy Reed: For the University of Louisville, maintaining status quo no longer an option

It the wake of the national scrutiny that a sex scandal has brought to the University of Louisville, it’s time for coach Rick Pitino and school officials to put the best interests of the institution first as they consider what to do next (UofL Athletics Photo)   As a result of one of the most bizarre sports scandals ever, the University of Louisville finds itself at a defining moment in...

Former Louisville basketball recruit tells ESPN ‘It was like I was in a strip club’

ESPN reported that five former UofL players and recruits told its reporters that they attended parties at a campus dorm from 2010-14 that included strippers paid for by Andre McGee, a former graduate assistant and director of basketball operations for head coach Rick Pitino (UofL Athletics Photo)   By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent   LOUISVILLE–Former escort Katina Powell finally...

Former Louisville basketball recruit tells ESPN 'It was like I was in a strip club'

ESPN reported that five former UofL players and recruits told its reporters that they attended parties at a campus dorm from 2010-14 that included strippers paid for by Andre McGee, a former graduate assistant and director of basketball operations for head coach Rick Pitino (UofL Athletics Photo)   By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent   LOUISVILLE–Former escort Katina Powell finally...

Keith Taylor: It will become tougher for Pitino to keep calm and carry on as probe unfolds

Louisville coach Rick Pitino finds himself dealing with a investigation as the season draws near   Scandals are nothing new in college athletics. They’ve been around for decades.   However, things have changed in the modern era, with a heavy emphasis placed on recruiting. In an effort to gain an edge on the recruiting trail, some college coaching staffs and coaches are willing to do whatever...