UPDATED | UofL Basketball staffer accused of hiring escorts for players and recruits
10/02/2015 04:55 PM
Updated 6:47 p.m.
University of Louisville Athletic Director Tom Jurich and UofL men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino held a press conference Friday evening to address allegations of sexual misconduct involving players and recruits.
Jurich, who addressed the media by phone, repeatedly stressed his intentions to cooperate with the NCAA and be as transparent as possible. He said the university will make everything available to investigator Chuck Smrt and the NCAA.
In an opening statement, Pitino said he was heartbroken and expected to be addressing the media about Saturday’s first basketball scrimmage. He also said he was told not to communicate with anyone involved in the investigation.
Both Pitino and Jurich accepted responsibility for the actions of the staff who report to them.
In response to the University of Louisville’s announcement surrounding former UofL basketball staffer Andre McGee , the University of Missouri-Kansas City released the following statement:
The University of Missouri-Kansas City is aware of today’s reports alleging wrongdoing by a current UMKC employee while he worked at another institution. UMKC is taking the allegations seriously and we have already initiated our own review of the matter. While we are conducting that review, Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach Andre McGee will be on administrative leave with pay, effective immediately.
On Friday, the University of Louisville announced an investigation into allegations that a basketball staff member paid escorts to have sex with players and recruits.
The allegations stem from a book set to be released on Saturday by Indianapolis-based IBJ Book Publishing LLC, the Indianapolis Business Journal reported.
The book reportedly alleges that a former member of the basketball staff “paid an escort service for four years to provide sex to teenage recruits to help woo the players to join the Cardinals team.”
The book, entitled “Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen,” is written by Louisville resident Katina Powell, who claims she was paid to provide escorts for the players.
UofL released the following statement: