Louisville Rumors & News

  • 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

  • Louisville's Pitino uninterested in discussing UNLV rumors in January

    The Score "Louisville head coach Rick Pitino isn't entertaining rumors about leaving the Cardinals for the coaching vacancy at UNLV. "Next question," Pitino told reporters Tuesday when asked to address the speculation. "Please don't ask me about coaching rumors in January." He'll likely be faced with..." January 19

  • Former Pennsylvania star Tony Hicks will transfer to Louisville

    Card Chronicle "It appears Rick Pitino is enjoying life with 5th year transfers so much that he intends to go down the same road in 2016-17. Card Chronicle has learned that Tony Hicks, a 6'2 guard who was Pennsylvania's leading scorer in each of the past two seasons, plans to transfer to Louisville to play his..." January 06

  • Louisville's Rick Pitino sounds off on alleged recruiting scandal

    ESPN "Rick Pitino says he doesn't care what critics think about him these days. And the Louisville coach proved as much during a lengthy news conference Friday, questioning former escort Katina Powell's credibility and saying he was accused of intimidating witnesses by the NCAA, which he said has yet..." January 02

  • Rick Pitino denies obscene gesture

    ESPN "Louisville coach Rick Pitino denied that he used an obscene gesture when exiting Rupp Arena following the Cardinals' loss to the Kentucky Wildcats on Saturday afternoon. After Louisville's 75-73 loss at Kentucky on Saturday, video surfaced on the Internet of Pitino gesturing to the crowd as he..." December 27

  • Louisville center Mangok Mathiang out six to eight weeks

    Yahoo! Sports "Mangok Mathiang went up for a rebound, came down and pushed off on his left foot to head upcourt. "And I heard a pop," the Louisville center said. That pop was the fifth metatarsal bone breaking. Mathiang tried to play a little longer but the pain intensified, and as soon as there was a..." December 21

  • Rick Pitino says "special" 2015-16 team has raised everyone's spirits

    Card Chronicle "If you missed it yesterday, Rick Pitino came on the radio show at 5 p.m. to briefly preview the Kennesaw State game, but he also had interesting things to say about this year's schedule, the need for young players who have success (a la Ray Spalding) to stay away from sycophants who tell them that..." December 17

  • 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