Rick Pitino and Louisville Receive Notice of NCAA Allegations Regarding Scandal | Laundress Report


Rick Pitino, the new coach of the Greek national basketball team, responds at a press conference in Athens, Monday, November 11, 2019. The 67-year-old American agreed to coach the Greek national team of basketball and lead efforts to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. (AP Photo / Thanassis Stavrakis)

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The University of Louisville has received a NCAA Level I violation notice for infractions that occurred under former coach Rick Pitino, who received a Level II notification.

Pat Forde from Yahoo Sports initially reported the results.

The Level I violation is considered the most serious by NCAA standards. It is not known what the NCAA report will say, but it is likely that the school will face an end-of-season ban based on official penalty guidelines.

Louisville is considered a repeat offender, which will likely increase the sentence for the school.

Pitino, who was recently hired as a basketball head coach in Iona, will likely be assessed a cause penalty, will face suspension and restrictions will be placed on his recruitment. The justification penalty is given to ensure that sanctions remain in place for any future employment that Pitino may take.

Pitino was specifically cited for failing to “promote a compliance environment”.

Here is the description of the version of the Level I notice:

“A Level I allegation that an inappropriate recruitment offer and additional benefits for the family of a registered student-athlete; and a recruitment incentive for a future student-athlete coach / non-school coach, were provided by certain individuals, allegedly identified and defined by the NCAA as “representatives of the university’s athletic interests”, none of whom had traditional ties to the University beyond their affiliation with Adidas or professional athlete management bodies, as well as a former assistant coach and former associate head coach. ”

The NCAA investigation focuses on allegations of gambling compensation involving Louisville and Adidas executives, particularly with regard to former Cardinals player Brian Bowen. Former assistant coach Kenny Johnson is accused of paying Bowen’s father $ 1,300 to secure his engagement, and assistant Jordan Fair is accused of paying $ 900 to another recruit.

Louisville was one of several schools involved in an FBI investigation into college basketball corruption. The school dismissed Pitino for cause in 2017.


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