Kentucky’s biggest rival has a major off-court distraction to deal with before the basketball season begins.
Louisville is being investigated by the NCAA after a sex worker claimed she was hired by a university employee to dance for and perform sexual acts for various Cardinals recruits.
The allegations are housed in a new book, Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen. The subject, Katina Powell, says she provided entertainment for 22 parties between 2010-2014 at Louisville’s Billy Mindardi Hall, according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman.
The primary culprit is allegedly Andre McGee, Louisville’s former director of basketball operations. Powell claims that McGee facilitated these events, which involved several different women.
“To say I’m disheartened, disappointed would be the biggest understatement I’ve made as a coach,” Rick Pitino said on Friday.
The school added: “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.”
According to Goodman, the book is scheduled to be released by IBJ Book Publishing LLC as early as this Saturday. Powell will reportedly receive 10 percent of the book’s sales.
Yikes: Madam says she was so involved w/ #Louisville hoops 2013 title team that "I felt like I was part of the recruitment team."
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) October 2, 2015