Louisville Rumors & News

  • Two key Louisville players out for extended time this summer

    College Basketball Talk "On Monday evening, Louisville head coach Rick Pitino updated the status of a pair of his key big men heading into next season. According to a blog post Pitino published, sophomore Ray Spalding “had minor groin surgery to alleviate a problem, which set him back in his strength and weight gain,”..." June 28

  • Calipari: Recent comment wasn't about Louisville, Pitino

    ESPN "Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball coach John Calipari on Thursday said his recent comment that college coaches should be aware of what happens with their team on campus "wasn't intended" as a shot at Louisville and he apologized to Cardinals coach Rick Pitino if he misconstrued the..." June 23

  • Louisville’s Rick Pitino Responds To Criticism From John Calipari Over Scandal

    College Spun "It took a few days, but Rick Pitino has responded to John Calipari’s apparent criticism over knowledge of the scandal that hit campus ahead of last season. Without naming Pitino or Louisville directly, Calipari told Mike Lupica that coaches are almost always aware of the things that go on on their..." June 21

  • Louisville president James Ramsey steps down

    Louisville Courier-Journal "Gov. Matt Bevin announced Friday that University of Louisville President James Ramsey is stepping down and that he is reorganizing the Board of Trustees. Bevin said he is appointing an interim board that will serve for the next two weeks. Ramsey is willing to step down immediately, Bevin said,..." June 17

  • Pitino believes loss of Onuaku won't hurt Louisville

    The Score "The NBA draft declaration of sophomore center Chinanu Onuaku leaves Louisville without a starting big man, but head coach Rick Pitino is confident his team will continue to be competitive. Additionally, Eric Crawford for WDRB Sports tweeted Pitino's views on Onuaku's motivations to leave..." May 31

  • Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku will stay in draft

    The Score "Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku is moving on from the college game. The 6-foot-10 center posted on Instagram on Wednesday night that he is remaining in the 2016 NBA Draft, ending his collegiate career. " May 26

  • Pitino expects Onuaku to stay in NBA draft

    The Score "The deadline for underclassmen who have declared for the 2016 NBA Draft to decide if they will be returning to school is a little over a week away, but Rick Pitino believes he already knows one player's answer. The Louisville head coach said Tuesday that he expects Chinanu Onuaku, the..." May 17

  • Pitino wants to count unused 2016 scholarships toward penalties

    Louisville Courier-Journal "If Rick Pitino "had his druthers," the Louisville coach said Wednesday that he would like his program to hold the final open scholarship for the 2016 class and put it toward the school's self-imposed scholarship penalty. Pitino, in an interview on 93.9 The Ville, said Louisville's self-imposed..." May 12

  • Pitino: NCAA investigation 'pretty much over'

    Louisville Courier-Journal "The NCAA's investigation into the University of Louisville's men's basketball program is "pretty much over," head coach Rick Pitino said Tuesday on Bob Valvano's afternoon show on ESPN 680. "I think it's behind us," Pitino said. Pitino would not reveal if he has been interviewed yet by the..." April 13

  • Dwayne Sutton transfers to Louisville

    Louisville Courier-Journal "Former Manual High star guard Dwayne Sutton is heading home. The 6-foot-5 freshman, who transferred from UNC Asheville, committed to Louisville on Friday evening, accepting a spot on the roster as a preferred walk-on. He will have to sit out the 2016-17 season, but he still has three years of..." April 09

  • Louisville imposes more sanctions on basketball team in wake of escort scandal

    Yahoo! Sports "Louisville is self-imposing more sanctions on its men's basketball team. The school will announce Wednesday that it is stripping itself of two scholarships and two official visits in the coming years. The scholarship reductions, from the NCAA maximum of 13, will be one apiece for 2017-18 and..." April 06

  • Pitino thought he had people in place to look out for players

    The Score "Louisville coach Rick Pitino is still scratching his head about how his program became involved in a scandal that cost his team a shot at playing in March Madness. In the midst of a solid season, the Cardinals self-imposed a postseason ban due to accusations that former graduate assistant Andre..." March 16

  • Rick Pitino defends Louisville program before meeting with NCAA

    ESPN "Louisville men's basketball coach Rick Pitino said he had people in place to ensure that players and recruits avoided trouble, but it is one of those people who has been accused of organizing sex parties for recruits in a school dormitory. "You have your dorm security people, who are being..." March 15

  • Louisville recruits told NCAA about sex, stripper parties

    ESPN "At least three former University of Louisville men's basketball recruits have confirmed to NCAA investigators that they attended parties inside an on-campus dorm where strippers danced for them and prostitutes were paid to have sex with them, a source close to the NCAA investigation told Outside..." March 13

  • Rick Pitino preparing for first scandal interview with NCAA

    ESPN "Louisville coach Rick Pitino will be interviewed by the NCAA sometime in April, a source told ESPN.com on Thursday. Pitino has yet to meet with NCAA officials regarding the allegations of sex parties involving Cardinals players and recruits at a team dormitory. The NCAA has been..." March 10

  • Russ Smith says Louisville whistleblower Katina Powell is lying

    Sporting News - NCAAB "Former Louisville guard Russ Smith saw his name mentioned in Katina Powell's expose "Breaking Cardinal Rules" this fall, but says he didn't do what she alleges. Powell wrote in the book that she was paid $100 to have sex with Smith — a claim he categorically denies, telling the Louisville..." March 09

  • Cavaliers cap perfect home season with win over Louisville

    The Sports Xchange "CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Chants of "Tobey, Tobey, Tobey!" rained down from the John Paul Jones Arena rafters as senior Mike Tobey made his way to the free-throw line late in Virginia's matchup with Louisville Saturday night. The chants were well-deserved and a fitting way to cap off a senior..." March 05

  • Rick Pitino backed by Louisville board chairman Larry Benz

    ESPN "The chairman of the board of trustees at Louisville said Friday night that embattled coach Rick Pitino has his and the board's support. "Our genuine hope is that Coach Pitino is our coach for as many years as he wants,'' board chair Larry Benz said in a statement.\ Benz's statement read like..." March 05

  • No. 11 Louisville stays in ACC title race with narrow win

    The Sports Xchange "LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- As Louisville guard Damion Lee stepped to the foul line for the biggest free throws of his season Tuesday night, he treated them as he would any other. "I was not nervous," he said. Lee canned both ends of a one-and-one with 10.7 seconds left, Georgia Tech guard Adam..." March 01

  • Rick Pitino Comments on Future at Louisville Amid Escort Scandal

    Bleacher Report "Louisville men's basketball head coach Rick Pitino is closing out a lame-duck season that will see the Cardinals left out of the NCAA tournament due to a recruiting scandal, which has the Basketball Hall of Famer looking ahead to his future with the program. In the wake of former escort Katina..." March 01

  • No. 11 Louisville pulls away from Pittsburgh

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- At a time when most teams are playing to extend their season, No. 11 Louisville knows it is finishing its own. Due to its self-imposed postseason, the program is only playing for the ACC regular-season title. To make matters worse, coach Rick Pitino was without a key member of..." February 24

  • No. 18 Louisville rallies past No. 20 Duke

    The Sports Xchange "LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Louisville guard Damion Lee didn't fret when the 18th-ranked Cardinals trailed No. 20 Duke by 13 points in the second half Saturday. "I just let the game come to me," he said. Lee canned three straight 3-pointers in a 2:18 stretch late in the game as Louisville..." February 20

  • No. 18 Louisville rebounds to beat Syracuse

    The Sports Xchange "LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Don't get bitter, get better. Sounds like a coaching cliche, but it turned out to be the motivation No. 18 Louisville needed after consecutive road losses to Duke and Notre Dame. The Cardinals ran off and hid from Syracuse in the second half Wednesday night, turning..." February 17

  • Notre Dame rallies past No. 13 Louisville

    The Sports Xchange "SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Notre Dame found a way to turn the tables Saturday on No. 13 Louisville. The Irish came in as the best offensive team in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Cardinals had the league's best defense. "I told our guys I'd like the story (from the game) to be about our..." February 13

  • Pitino not expecting Mathiang back this year

    Louisville Courier-Journal "Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino said Friday afternoon that he doesn't expect fourth-year junior center Mangok Mathiang, who has been out since breaking his foot in December, to return to the court this season, especially with the Cardinals no longer set to play in the..." February 13

  • Rick Pitino would coach 'for free' to get Louisville in NCAA tournament

    The Score "Rick Pitino had the unenviable task of telling his players that the team won't be participating in this year's NCAA tournament because of a self-imposed ban, and it's clear it pained the Louisville head coach to do so. After a loss to Duke on Monday night, Pitino went on ESPN radio Tuesday..." February 09

  • Rick Pitino calls system 'broken' for punishing college sports programs

    ESPN "Louisville coach Rick Pitino offered support Saturday for embattled university president James Ramsey, referring to a "broken" system for punishing college sports programs. Pitino addressed the media after the 19th-ranked Cardinals' victory Saturday over Boston College, just more than 24 hours..." February 07

  • Trey Lewis on Louisville ban: 'This team doesn't deserve this'

    Louisville Courier-Journal "All 15 players on the University of Louisville men's basketball team filed into the press conference room at the school's practice facility on Friday evening wearing sad, stunned faces. Their two leaders, graduate transfers Damion Lee and Trey Lewis, sat down at microphones and tried to make..." February 06

  • Louisville to self-impose postseason ban for alleged violations related to prostitution scandal

    Yahoo! Sports "In a stunning development, the University of Louisville will announce Friday that it is self-imposing a postseason ban for the upcoming NCAA basketball tournament as a result of alleged rules violations committed by a former staffer and players. The university reached that conclusion this week..." February 06