Louisville Rumors & News

  • 5-star recruit V.J. King commits to Louisville

    Louisville Courier-Journal "Wednesday marked the first day of the week-long early signing period for college hoops, and Louisville basketball received the signed paperwork of V.J. King, a five-star wing who is the crown jewel of the Cards' 2016 class. " November 12

  • U of L trustee: We want to know the truth

    USA Today "Thursday held two events on the calendar that attracted some curiosity for those awaiting the next chapter in the fallout from Katina Powell’s book. But both meetings were heavy on process and light on much else. The supposed grand jury hearing in downtown Louisville for which Powell’s..." November 06

  • Katina Powell’s daughter facing prostitution charge in Louisville

    Larry Brown Sports "The youngest daughter of Katina Powell, the woman who claims she was hired by the Louisville basketball team for numerous sex parties from 2010-2014, is facing a misdemeanor prostitution charge in Kentucky stemming from an incident that took place in June. Abraeshea Moorman, who Powell referred..." November 05

  • Grand jury subpoenas issued amid Louisville sex scandal investigation

    ESPN "The Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney in Jefferson County, Kentucky, has begun issuing grand jury subpoenas in the case of the sex scandal involving the Louisville men's basketball program, a source familiar with the proceedings told Outside the Lines. A spokesman for the Commonwealth's..." October 30

  • With no Rick Pitino at ACC media day, Louisville players face scandal

    CBS Sports "Trey Lewis and Damion Lee, Louisville's two graduate transfers, have yet to play an official game with the Cardinals' logo on their chest, yet on Wednesday they were the only mouthpiece at ACC media day for a program in the middle of one of the most shocking scandals in recent memory in college..." October 28

  • Lawyer: Katina Powell unlikely to talk with NCAA without immunity

    Louisville Courier-Journal "An attorney for self-described “escort queen” Katina Powell told ESPN 680 AM radio Tuesday that because he fears she will be “the scapegoat” she won’t cooperate with either the University of Louisville or NCAA probes without an immunity deal protecting her from criminal prosecution. Powell has..." October 28

  • Report: NCAA interviews Louisville basketball players

    The Score "NCAA officials made their way to campus Monday and Tuesday to interview members of Louisville's men's basketball team, according to ESPN's Jeff Goodman. It's unknown whether the visits were impromptu, though they were concerning the allegations made by escort Katina Powell. Louisville..." October 28

  • Reports: Former Central star Akoy Agau out for 2015-16 season with ACL injury

    Omaha World-Herald "Former All-Nebraska captain and current Georgetown basketball player Akoy Agau will reportedly miss the 2015-16 season with a torn ACL. Agau, who chose Louisville after completing a dominant career at Omaha Central, transferred to Georgetown earlier this year after one season with the..." October 26

  • Katina Powell says NCAA ‘didn’t want to talk’ when informed of Louisville allegations

    Larry Brown Sports "Katina Powell, the madam at the center of the Louisville sex scandal allegations, admitted during a TV appearance Friday that she wrote her tell-all book for financial reasons, but went to the NCAA first and they did nothing. Powell appeared on ABC’s The View Friday with her daughters and was..." October 24

  • Louisville coach Rick Pitino skipping ACC media day due to scandal

    CBS Sports "Louisville has announced Rick Pitino will not be attending this year's men's basketball ACC media day. The annual event for media around the country, which will take place on Wednesday will not have the Hall of Fame coach in attendance in Charlotte, N.C., due to the scandal and emerging NCAA..." October 23

  • Celtics' Terry Rozier and Jordan Mickey stay clear of Louisville scandal

    Boston Herald "Their names now have been featured in an ESPN report as well as a book by an Ohio woman, who claims she provided strippers and prostitutes to Louisville basketball recruits from 2010 to 2014. Celtics rookies Terry Rozier and Jordan Mickey, who later chose LSU over Louisville, attempted to..." October 23

  • Louisville student suing author and publisher of book about escort scandal

    The Score "Just when it looked like the Louisville escort story couldn't get any stranger, a student is suing Katina Powell, the escort that co-authored the book "Breaking Cardinal Rules," and the book's publisher. The suit, filed by Kyle Hornback, says the book tarnished the university's reputation and..." October 23

  • Jalen Rose Compares College Recruiting Trips to Bachelor Parties: “If I’m Not Getting Laid, I’m Not Coming”

    Complex "Leave it to Jalen Rose to keep it all the way real. On his podcast Jalen & Jacoby, the former college basketball star revealed some hard truths in regards to the Louisville escort scandal. While rocking gold chains and Cazals, Rose let listeners and those who haven't seen Blue Chips or He Got Game..." October 22

  • Louisville coach Rick Pitino: 'I will not resign' due to sex scandal

    CBS Sports "Louisville coach Rick Pitino wrote a post on his website on Thursday morning previewing the 2015-16 season. However, before he got into making his evaluations of player progress thus far in the preseason, he made a statement regarding the school's current situation as it is being investigated for..." October 22

  • LSU coach: Antonio Blakeney unlikely to miss games over Louisville scandal

    ESPN "LSU coach Johnny Jones said he does not foresee guard Antonio Blakeney missing any games for his alleged involvement with prostitutes tied to the Louisville scandal. Jones, in town for SEC Media Day, confirmed that Blakeney has met with NCAA investigators but said that he does not expect..." October 22

  • 2016 guard Frankie Hughes commits to Louisville despite sex scandal

    ESPN "Just hours after Outside the Lines furthered the reporting in the Louisville Cardinals' basketball scandal, coach Rick Pitino received some good news: a commitment from 2016 guard Frankie Hughes. Hughes announced his decision at a news conference that had been in the works for almost two..." October 21

  • Ex-Louisville Players Say They Attended Sex Parties with Strippers

    ESPN "Five former University of Louisville basketball players and recruits told Outside the Lines that they attended parties at a campus dorm from 2010 to 2014 that included strippers paid for by the team's former graduate assistant coach, Andre McGee. One of the former players said he had sex with a..." October 20

  • Rick Pitino implores Louisville ex-staffer: Do the right thing and tell the truth

    ESPN "Only one person can clear up what did or didn't go on at Louisville, coach Rick Pitino said Tuesday, and it's time for that individual to come forward. Pitino, in an interview with ESPN and Yahoo! Sports, said former graduate assistant coach Andre McGee "needs to come out and tell the truth"..." October 20

  • Gophers' Pitino comes to dad's defense regarding Louisville escort accusations

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The truth about allegations of a sex scandal that has rocked the University of Louisville and reverberated around the country will come out eventually, Gophers men’s basketball coach Richard Pitino said repeatedly Thursday. Just what that truth is, well, Pitino isn’t sure. At Big Ten Media..." October 19

  • Louisville accuser retains attorney in wake of criminal probe

    The Score "The Louisville saga has taken another twist. Katina Powell, the admitted escort who claims she was paid by a Louisville staffer to have sex with recruits, has retained an attorney after the prosecutor's office and University of Louisville police launched a criminal probe into her allegations,..." October 15

  • Lawyer: Author's daughters in Louisville allegations were not underage

    Indianapolis Star "A lawyer who said he represents Katina Powell — the woman who claimed a former employee of the University of Louisville men's basketball program paid her and her daughters to have sex with recruits — said Powell's daughters were not underage when they engaged in illegal activities. Larry..." October 15

  • Louisville coach Rick Pitino questions motives in escort scandal

    CBS Sports "Louisville coach Rick Pitino has been advised by the NCAA not to address the scandal that has rocked the Cardinals basketball program, with allegations of a paid escort service that throwing parties and "shows" for Louisville basketball players and prospective student-athletes during the..." October 14

  • Louisville assistant Ralph Willard takes leave of absence

    Sporting News - NCAAB "Rick Pitino will be without a longtime confidant on the Louisville bench for the foreseeable future. Cardinals assistant coach Ralph Willard is taking a leave of absence to deal with a medical issue, the school announced Monday. WDRB and the Courier-Journal reported the problem is related to..." October 13

  • Terrence Williams I NEVER Bought Sex At Louisville ... 'Cause I Didn't Need To

    TMZ "Ex-NBA player Terrence Williams is calling BS on allegations he had ANY involvement in the Louisville sex scandal ... saying he never had to pay for lovin' in college ... 'cause he was the biggest star there. Williams -- who now plays overseas -- was at Louisville from '05-'09 and tells TMZ..." October 12

  • A self-imposed postseason ban may be Louisville's best option

    Sporting News - NCAAB "Theirs is a marriage of convenience. The Louisville Cardinals would very much like to continue a run of NCAA Tournament appearances that now stands at nine consecutive years. Trey Lewis and Damion Lee have played a combined 181 college games and scored a combined 2,604 points without ever stepping..." October 09

  • Report: Former Louisville recruit Lyle confirms allegations to NCAA

    College Basketball Talk "With the book “Breaking Cardinal Rules” released over the weekend, the Louisville basketball program has some serious allegations to look into. Escort Katina Powell alleged that she was paid by then Louisville staffer Andre McGee to entice recruits through the use of prostitutes, with three being..." October 08

  • Legal obstacles Pitino faces amid another sexually-charged scandal

    Sporting News - NCAAB "Rick Pitino is no stranger to controversy and especially one involving sex. The most recent high-profile crisis to befall the storied Louisville coach involves allegations from Katina Powell, a self-proclaimed escort, that Pitino knew she and other escorts were paid to have sex with University..." October 07

  • Former Louisville escort says she was rebuffed by NCAA

    Indianapolis Business Journal "Former Louisville escort and stripper Katina Powell says she attempted to notify the NCAA about sex-related recruiting violations by the University of Louisville basketball program in mid-March before approaching an Indianapolis publisher about writing a book on her claims. Powell contends she..." October 06

  • Pitino, Jurich address allegations of Louisville basketball sex scandal

    Lexington Herald-Leader "The University of Louisville is investigating allegations that former Cardinals men's basketball staffer Andre McGee brought escorts into dorm parties, and paid for the women to strip and have sex with recruits, their fathers and players. Those allegations by Katina Powell are in an upcoming..." October 03

  • Louisville investigating allegations that former staffer paid for escorts

    CBS Sports "The University of Louisville is investigating allegations in an upcoming book that a former staffer paid for escorts to have sex with recruits and players, the school announced on Friday. According to a report from Yahoo!, the book alleges that former grad assistant and director of basketball..." October 02

  • Rick Pitino steps down as Puerto Rico head coach

    College Basketball Talk "This summer was a busy one for Louisville head coach Rick Pitino, who spent most of his time split between his players at Louisville and his position as head coach of the Puerto Rico men’s national team. Pitino took his Cardinals to Puerto Rico for six exhibition games in preparation for the..." September 11

  • U of L's Lee, Lewis locking up starting roles

    Louisville Courier-Journal "Rick Pitino has said it many times -- that starting on his basketball team doesn't matter. Two incoming graduate transfers are far enough ahead of the rest, though, that Pitino on Thursday said they're guaranteed spots in Louisville's lineup this season. Guards Damion Lee (from Drexel) and..." August 08

  • Laser tag leads to secondary violations for Louisville

    Sporting News - NCAAB "Ah, laser tag. You probably played it a few times as a kid, maybe once at one of those mandatory company outings, and then promptly forgot it even existed. Fake-zapping your friends under the black lights is a recruiting staple in Louisville, apparently, because it forced the men's basketball..." August 06

  • Under-19 USA Basketball tryout draws underhand free throws from Chinanu Onauku

    The Gazette "When Harry Giles saw Chinanu Onauku shoot free throws, he inquired. "What's up with that?" Giles asked his potential USA Basketball U19 teammate. That would be the underhand form Onauku, one of 16 players competing for a spot on the roster, uses. He places one hand on each side of the ball,..." June 17

  • Pitino: Freshman McMahon to redshirt

    Louisville Courier-Journal "Louisville guard Ryan McMahon will "definitely" redshirt his freshman year, U of L coach Rick Pitino told The Courier-Journal in an interview on Wednesday. The Florida native arrived on campus in late May and began summer classes last week, but he will use his freshman year at Louisville to add..." June 15

  • U of L hoops adds a walk-on

    Louisville Courier-Journal "Steve Lavin's plan was to bring 6-foot-5 wing Jay Henderson on at St. John's as a freshman walk-on, then put him on scholarship before the 2015-16 season. But when St. John's dismissed Lavin after the season, Henderson needed a new plan -- and school. Enter Louisville. After a campus visit..." June 15

  • Five-Star King Commits to Louisville

    Scout "Late Thursday night after V.J. King finished studying for an exam, the five-star prospect out of Fairfax (Va.) Paul VI laid awake for another two hours. Anxious and eager, King couldn’t fall asleep. “I was just excited,” King told Scout. “It’s kind of a relief.” Why the excitement? Well..." June 12

  • Anas Mahmoud out 4-6 weeks with cartilage tear in left knee

    Card Chronicle "'Tis the season where no news is good news. From U of L: University of Louisville sophomore forward/centerAnas Mahmoud will have surgery on Thursday to repair a torn medial meniscus in his left knee. Mahmoud, who twisted his knee recently while playing basketball, will likely be sidelined..." June 04

  • Former U of L wing Aaron transfers to USC

    Louisville Courier-Journal "Former University of Louisville wing Shaqquan Aaron has found his next basketball home. The 6-foot-7 freshman who asked for his release from U of L in April has transferred to USC, he confirmed to Scout.com on Tuesday. He picked the Trojans over San Diego State. Aaron grew up in the Los..." May 26

  • Louisville transfer Anton Gill reportedly commits to Nebraska

    Omaha World-Herald "Anton Gill, a 6-3 sophomore guard at Louisville, will reportedly transfer to Nebraska. Gill would have to sit a transfer season, then have two years of eligibility. As a sophomore, Gill averaged 2.4 points in 9.4 minutes of play. As a senior at Hargrave Military Academy, he averaged 28.2 points..." May 06

  • Charges dropped in Chris Jones sexual assault case

    Sporting News - NCAAB "Chris Jones will be moving on from sexual assault allegations that clouded the end of his time at Louisville. On Wednesday, a grand jury decided not to indict the former Louisville point guard on two charges of rape and sodomy that allegedly occurred at an off-campus apartment on Feb. 22. All..." April 29

  • Louisville to play six exhibition games in Puerto Rico this August

    CBS Sports "Louisville will take a trip to Puerto Rico this summer as prep for its 2015-16 campaign. The school announced the trip on Thursday. U of L will go up against pros, playing against national teams from Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, as well as the Puerto Rico junior national team in a..." April 24

  • Drexel transfer Damion Lee picks U of L

    Louisville Courier-Journal "Louisville set Drexel transfer Damion Lee as its top priority this month, and that persistence paid off on Thursday. Lee announced his decision via Twitter moments after Scout.com first reported the news. The 6-foot-6 wing will graduate this spring is immediately eligible to play for the..." April 23

  • Shaqquan Aaron to transfer from U of L

    Louisville Courier-Journal "A week after deciding to return to the University of Louisville for his sophomore year of school, Shaqquan Aaron plans to transfer, coach Rick Pitino confirmed Wednesday. Scout.com first reported Aaron's change of heart. Sources told The Courier-Journal that Aaron was frustrated Louisville had..." April 08

  • Former Cleveland State guard Trey Lewis announces transfer to Louisville

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Louisville will be replacing one Northeast Ohio native with another, as former Cleveland State guard and Garfield Heights graduate Trey Lewis announced on Tuesday he is transferring to the Cardinals. "I'll be playing for a legendary coach in Rick Pitino and in front of the greatest fans in the..." April 07

  • Terry Rozier signs with agent, forfeits Louisville eligibility

    Louisville Courier-Journal "Terry Rozier and Wayne Blackshear have signed with the same Miami-based agent. The two former University of Louisville basketball players had a signing ceremony and visit with Verus Management on Thursday in Cleveland, according to Slam magazine. Verus president Seth Cohen welcomed the duo as..." April 04

  • Cards' Harrell and Rozier going pro, per Pitino

    Louisville Courier-Journal "Louisville junior forward Montrezl Harrell and sophomore guard Terry Rozier have each decided to leave school early and declare for the NBA draft, Cards coach Rick Pitino said Monday. "They're both leaving, yes, 100 percent," Pitino told reporters. "And it's the right thing to do for both of..." March 30

  • Pitino: 'I'm very much in favor of high school kids going pro'

    The Score "Count Louisville head coach Rick Pitino among those who believe talented high school players should have the opportunity to skip college and go straight to the pros. Speaking Saturday prior to the Cardinals' Sunday matchup with Northern Iowa, Pitino made the case that forcing a player into a..." March 22

  • UC Irvine brings 7-6 center into matchup against Louisville

    Lexington Herald-Leader "This tall tale began in Senegal, where all teenager Mamadou Ndiaye had to do was look in the mirror to see the future in his favorite sport of soccer was limited. That's how things go for most 7-foot-somethings out there. A move to America, a few leaps of faith and one life-saving surgery..." March 19

  • College Basketball's Most Valuable Teams: Louisville On Top, Kansas Close Behind

    Forbes.com "The Louisville Cardinals are, for the fourth consecutive year, college basketball’s most valuable team. But the team’s financial success appears to have ebbed for the first time since 2009. This year Louisville is worth $38.3 million, down a hair from last year’s $39.5 million valuation. And while..." March 18