Bevin on latest U of L basketball scandal: Officials' handling of situation "appropriate"

09/30/2017 12:38 PM

With the University of Louisville still reeling after news that some of its coaches were involved in a bribery scheme to land a coveted high school basketball recruit, Gov. Matt Bevin is taking a wait-and-see approach while also praising moves by the school’s leaders in the immediate aftermath of the latest scandal involving U of L.

Bevin — who made waves last year after restructuring the U of L board of trustees and securing the resignation of former U of L President James Ramsey, who was also mired in controversy surrounding his handling of the U of L Foundation — has given his “full confidence and support” to interim President Greg Postel and the university’s board, according to Amanda Stamper, Bevin’s communications director.

“They are handling this situation in a manner that is appropriate and we will allow that process to unfold before any additional comment,” she said in a statement.

After placing head basketball coach Rick Pitino on unpaid administrative leave and athletics director Tom Jurich on paid administrative leave, university officials announced Friday that U of L assistant coach and former player David Padgett would serve as interim coach.

Moments before that announcement, Pitino released a statement denying any knowledge that a recruit, allegedly freshman Brian Bowen, or his family received payments in exchange for his commitment.

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