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.

Kevin Wheatley

Kevin Wheatley is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers Kentucky politics and all the goings-on at the State Capitol. Kevin was born and raised in Frankfort so he grew up around politics and has always had the drive to follow the political process and hold lawmakers accountable. Before joining Spectrum News Kevin covered government and politics for The State Journal in Frankfort. You can watch Kevin’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. You can reach him at kevin.wheatley@charter.com or 502-792-1135.

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