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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...

With abundance of talent and experience coming back, Cards poised to make some noise in 2017

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — Heading into his final two games for the University of Louisville basketball team last week, senior Damion Lee wistfully looked into the future in an aside to sports information director Kenny Klein. “I wish I had another year. Can we work on that?,” Lee asked. He was joking, of course, but point well-taken. No wonder Lee would like...

Instant Replay: Cardinals wrap up season on the short end of another blowout at Virginia

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — Rick Pitino vowed that his Louisville basketball team’s rematch with Virginia would be different. Not so much. Instead, it was a not-so-instant replay of the Cavaliers’ 63-47 demolition of the Cardinals just over a month ago when they handed their hosts their worst defeat ever in the KFC Yum! Center. This time, the site changed, but...

Lee, Lewis surprised with rings, Cards avoid surprise with close win in final home game

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — It was a night of surprises for the University of Louisville’s two starting seniors, Damion Lee and Trey Lewis. But fortunately they avoided what would have been the most surprising development of all — a loss to Georgia Tech. Make that BARELY avoided. After seeming to take control of the game midway through the second half, as they...

Will He Stay or Will He Go? Pitino says anything is possible when it comes to his future at Louisville

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — As his University of Louisville basketball team heads into its final two games this week, speculation continues to swirl about whether Rick Pitino’s 15th season as the Cardinals’ head coach will be his last. That, of course, is because of the ongoing investigations into the sex-for-pay scandal that has already resulted in UofL initiating...

Emotional Senior Night in store for Lee, Lewis as ‘special’ Cards try to finish season strong

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — It’s been a bittersweet season for Damion Lee and Trey Lewis, but more sweet than bitter, both of the senior graduate transfers insisted Monday afternoon on the eve of their final collegiate appearance for the University of Louisville in the KFC Yum! Center. Lee and Lewis both came to UofL after graduating from smaller universities with...

Former walk-on Levitch(!), Adel, Snider lead Cards’ rally past Pitt for third straight win

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE –T he University of Louisville basketball team is still alive in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship race, and for that credit David Levitch with a big assist. Who’s David Levitch, you say? You remember him, don’t you? The former walk-on. Scored three points against Syracuse. A career high of nine points against, ahem, Grand...

Cardinals go from bitter to better as Lee, Onauku fuel upbeat romp over Syracuse

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — If, as coach Rick Pitino suggested a few days ago, the disappointment of a postseason ban was weighing heavily on the psyche of his University of Louisville basketball players, it certainly didn’t show Wednesday night. The No. 18 Cardinals (20-6, 9-4 ACC) looked like the picture of mental health — especially in a devastating second-half...

With Syracuse looming, Pitino believes postseason ban taking emotional toll on players

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — In a normal season, the University of Louisville basketball team would be looking at Syracuse as another chance to rack up a semi-quality victory to enhance its NCAA Tournament credentials and take another step toward a double-bye in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament. But this is anything but a normal year for the Cardinals, who will be...

Latest U of L statement emphasizes postseason play ban decision was made by Ramsey, not Jurich

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — University of Louisville officials are trying to clear up confusion about the role of its president and a committee in self-imposing a controversial ban on postseason play for its men’s basketball team. After a member of UofL’s investigative committee told the Louisville Courier-Journal that he disagreed with the ban, UofL issued...

Eleven-point lead evaporates as Louisville proves it still can’t close out games on the road

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — February is starting to look a lot like December for the University of Louisville basketball team, and the frustration of a season going south in many ways is beginning to show. Three months into the season, and with just six games remaining, the No. 13 Cardinals (19-6, 8-4 ACC) still haven’t found a way to consistently close out close...

Pitino hopes to be coaching Louisville for years to come, but says it’s not just his decision

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — In a press conference Friday ostensibly to preview Louisville’s ACC game against Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., Saturday afternoon, coach Rick Pitino veered into several other subjects, most notably his uncertain future as the Cardinals’ head man. It had been exactly a week since UofL announced a postseason ban due to NCAA rules...

UK’s Poythress, Louisville’s Onuaku named to Academic All-American district teams

Kentucky senior men’s basketball player Alex Poythress has been named to the College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-District Team and is eligible to earn Academic All-America honors. The CoSIDA Academic All-District teams recognize the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. First Team Academic All-District honorees...

Billy Reed: Pitino’s denial believable, but questions remain about who paid for the U of L dorm parties

By now surely everyone knows about the lurid sex scandal involving the University of Louisville basketball team. The gist of the story is that basketball aide Andre McGee, a former player, brought prostitute Katina Powell and some of her employees, including her two daughters, into Billy Minardi Hall, the on-campus dorm where players live, so they could dance and strip, which led to, well, what you...

Duke spoils Pitino’s first visit to Cameron Indoor Stadium with 72-65 decision over No. 13 Cardinals

In its first road game since announcing a self-imposed ban on postseason play, Louisville lost a 72-65 decision to unranked Duke Monday at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Duke freshman Brandon Ingram had 18 points and 10 rebounds in the win over the No. 13-ranked Cardinals. Grayson Allen scored 19 points and Luke Kennard had 11 for the Blue Devils (18-6, 7-4 Atlantic Coast Conference). They shot 50 percent...

In wake of postseason ban, Louisville, Pitino focused on winning ACC regular season title

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — Much has changed in the past few days for the University of Louisville basketball team. Goals have had to be readjusted in the wake of the school’s self-imposed ban on postseason play, which includes both the Atlantic Coast Conference and NCAA tournaments. But one thing hasn’t changed: the Cards still have their eyes on the ACC regular...

Cardinals overcome pain, emotion of ban, to rout Boston College behind senior Lewis

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — Off the court it had been a traumatic, emotionally-draining 24 hours, one that tested their resolve and resiliency. On the court, it was the same old University of Louisville basketball team, rolling past an overmatched opponent. This time the victim was hapless Boston College (7-16, 0-10 ACC). Even with the pain of learning they were banned...

‘Heartbroken’ fifth-year seniors Lee, Lewis say Cardinals didn’t deserve a postseason ban

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE–Hurt and devastated. That’s how University of Louisville senior guard Trey Lewis described his feelings and those of fellow graduate transfer Damion Lee over the news that the Cardinals will not play in any postseason games this year. A few hours before Lee, Lewis and the entire basketball team showed up to meet the media after practice Friday,...

Despite big win over Tar Heels, Pitino still not sure just how good his inexperienced Cards can be

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — Judging the significance of Louisville’s 71-65 win over No. 2/1 North Carolina Tuesday night depends on who you ask. The immediate impact is indisputable, but what about down the road? UofL coach Rick Pitino was borderline giddy after the No. 19/18 Cardinals (18-4, 7-2) had snapped the Tar Heels’ 12-game winning streak and tightened...