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  • Louisville basketball may get hammered by the NCAA, but it won’t get death penalty

    SB Nation "The key point for the FBI in its college basketball corruption trial is proving that universities were “defrauded” when cash payments were made to secure the commitments or future services of top recruits. To the FBI, the colleges involved in the scandal were the victim of a few..." October 10

  • College basketball corruption trial: Brian Bowen Sr. testifies he took cash from former Louisville assistant

    CBS Sports "The father of prized recruit Brian Bowen II testified he was given $1,300 by former Louisville assistant Kenny Johnson in the summer of 2017, as the college basketball corruption trial continued Tuesday.  The money, given to Brian Bowen Sr. outside his..." October 09

  • Brian Bowen Sr. testifies about bribes from Louisville, Arizona, others

    Louisville Courier-Journal "Brian Bowen Sr. could not even answer federal prosecutor Edward Diskant’s question about why Bowen’s son, Brian “Tugs” Bowen, was not currently enrolled in college. The elder Bowen buried his face in a wad of tissues and began crying uncontrollably less than..." October 05

  • Quinn Slazinski becomes fourth Louisville commit this month

    College Basketball Talk "September is Commit Month for Louisville basketball. Quinn Slazinski, a three-star forward from Huntington Prep, became the fourth Class of 2019 recruit to commit to Louisville this month, he announced Thursday via social media. “The day I’ve been waiting for my..." September 28

  • Kentucky’s top-ranked basketball recruit commits to play for Louisville

    Lexington Herald-Leader "Louisville Trinity guard David Johnson has committed to play college basketball for the hometown Cardinals. Johnson — a 6-foot-5 combo guard in the class of 2019 — announced the decision Saturday, one week after his official visit to Georgia, the other finalist..." September 24

  • Louisville basketball lands 2019 commitment in Samuell Williamson

    Courier-Post "Louisville basketball's recruiting momentum continued on Monday with a pledge from Class of 2019 wing Samuell Williamson, a smooth scorer from Texas. Williamson, a 6-foot-7 four-star prospect, committed to play for Chris Mack and Louisville after spending the weekend at U of..." September 18

  • Rick Pitino returns to Louisville seeking 'closure' after bitter exit from school

    USA Today "As with many other recent moments in his career, Rick Pitino's return to Louisville was marked by conflict.  The former University of Louisville basketball coach was torn between what he said was his desire for "closure" and the lingering bitterness from being..." September 15

  • Louisville basketball lands commitment from forward Jaelyn Withers

    Louisville Courier-Journal "Louisville basketball landed its second verbal commitment in the 2019 class on Sunday, giving Chris Mack and his staff a momentum boost at the start of a critical recruiting month for the Cards. Four-star forward Jaelyn Withers confirmed his pledge to the Cards after spending the..." September 10

  • Rick Pitino says he ‘couldn’t even get an interview’ from NBA teams

    Clutch Points "Basketball coach Rick Pitino, who is considered one of the best coaches in the college ranks, revealed that he couldn’t get an interview from NBA teams. Pitino just released a book entitled, “Pitino: My Story,” where he detailed things about his life, including..." September 05

  • Rick Pitino recounts learning about Louisville's 'disturbing' escort scandal in new book

    USA Today "Rick Pitino said the phone call informing him of Louisville's escort scandal involving former staff member Andre McGee was among the most "disturbing" of his life.  Pitino wrote in his memoir, "PItino: My Story," that he was in Mexico City coaching the..." September 04

  • Rick Pitino defends himself — and claims firing ruined players’ careers

    New York Post "  In 2017, the University of Louisville basketball program was implicated — along with five other programs — in a federal investigation of college basketball that exposed bribery and corruption. Rick Pitino, who had coached the team for 16 years, was identified by the..." August 30

  • Two ex-Louisville coaches may have hidden agent's visit with former five-star recruit Brian Bowen

    USA Today "A pair of former Louisville basketball coaches may have tried to conceal an on-campus visit by the sports agent tied to the alleged bribery scheme involving former five-star recruit Brian Bowen, according to court documents filed Wednesday. Former assistant coach Kenny Johnson..." August 30

  • Judge dismisses Rick Pitino's lawsuit against Adidas

    Louisville Courier-Journal "A federal judge dismissed Rick Pitino's lawsuit against Adidas on Tuesday, siding with the apparel company's claim that arbitration is required out of court.  Pitino, the former University of Louisville men's basketball coach, filed a federal lawsuit in October..." August 15

  • Ex-recruit who was at center of Louisville scandal signs with Australian team

    Larry Brown Sports "Former five-star recruit Brian Bowen saw his would-be college career become the center of a major FBI investigation into corruption within college basketball, and he has decided to forego school to play professionally overseas. In a press release provided to Jonathan Givony of..." August 07

  • Former Louisville basketball player Chane Behanan arrested, accused of having drugs, stolen gun

    USA Today "Chane Behanan, who played on the University of Louisville's NCAA championship team in 2013, was arrested Saturday evening. Behanan was accused of being a backseat passenger in a car that had “marijuana residue” and was sitting next to a stolen “AK-47-style..." August 05

  • Pitino knew schools were trying to pay recruit

    WDRB "Former Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino was a “central figure” in the recruitment of Brian Bowen as early as 2015, working with a former agent to arrange a visit to campus and discussing fears that other schools were allegedly trying to pay Bowen’s family, the..." August 02

  • Jordan Fair says he is clear of any NCAA wrongdoing

    Tampa Bay Times "Jordan Fair, the former Louisville assistant who was fired 10 months ago amid the FBI's probe into NCAA basketball corruption, said he has not been indicted and his termination without cause was never linked to an investigation. A social media post this week said Fair had been..." July 12

  • Former Louisville players to sue NCAA for vacated 2013 title

    The Score "Luke Hancock and his former Louisville teammates are expected to announce they are suing the NCAA, reports Justin Sayers of the Louisville Courier Journal. Hancock, along with a number of former players, is expected to announce on Wednesday morning a suit "pertaining to (the..." July 10

  • John Calipari responded to a Louisville fan who trolled him on 'Today' show

    Kansas City Star "A Louisville basketball fan found John Calipari's soft spot. During Tuesday's "Today" show, the fan outside the set held a sign that read: "John Calipari HATES PUPPIES. Go Cards!!" That barb caught the attention of Calipari, the Kentucky..." June 26

  • Former Omaha Central standout Akoy Agau will return to Louisville as a grad transfer

    Omaha World-Herald "Former Omaha Central star Akoy Agau is transferring to Louisville and will be eligible immediately after leaving SMU as a graduate transfer, Agau confirmed to The World-Herald. Agau will return to Louisville, the school he chose first after a standout career at Omaha Central. The..." June 25

  • Louisville basketball lands Richmond graduate transfer Khwan Fore

    Louisville Courier-Journal "A good week for Louisville basketball got even better on Saturday with the surprise commitment of a graduate transfer guard who is eligible to play this coming season. After landing a Class of 2019 recruit's commitment on Thursday, Louisville snagged a pledge from Khwan Fore, who..." June 04

  • Former Louisville F Lance Thomas will transfer to Memphis and seek immediate eligibility

    Memphis Commercial Appeal "New Memphis men’s basketball coach Penny Hardaway added to his complement of talent Friday, and there’s a chance it could pay off right away. Former Louisville forward Lance Thomas announced on social media that he will transfer to Memphis after visiting campus..." June 04

  • Woman at center of Louisville sex scandal charged with cashing forged checks

    Sporting News - NCAAB "Katina Powell, the so-called "escort queen" whose book "Breaking Cardinal Rules" triggered a scandal involving the Louisville men's basketball team, was out of jail Friday, one day after she was arrested in connection with cashing stolen and forged..." May 18

  • Rick Pitino: Adidas Reps Met About Keeping Romeo Langford Away from Nike, UA

    Bleacher Report "Former Louisville head coach Rick Pitino said representatives from Adidas met with him to discuss ways to keep 2018 recruit Romeo Langford from youth basketball leagues sponsored by Nike and Under Armour. "The way they phrased it, it was whoever [shoe company] was going..." May 16

  • University of Louisville: Damage caused by Rick Pitino 'catastrophic'

    Louisville Courier-Journal "Attorneys for the University of Louisville Athletic Association called the damage caused by former men's basketball coach Rick Pitino "catastrophic" in seeking to dismiss the lawsuit against the organization. ULAA’s defense team argued in a document filed..." May 16

  • Louisville asks Rick Pitino to admit an agent was allowed at practice

    USA Today "Lawyers for the University of Louisville Athletic Association asked Rick Pitino to admit that he allowed Christian Dawkins to attend a practice nine days before Dawkins was charged in the FBI's investigation into college basketball recruiting. The demand was among 53..." May 15