UofL BASKETBALL | Pitino optimistic that investigation is "pretty much over"
04/12/2016 04:22 PM
University of Louisville Men’s Basketball coach Rick Pitino sounded optimistic that the NCAA investigation into salacious allegations centered around his program is nearing an end. During an interview with Bob Valvano on ESPN 680 in Louisville, Pitino said he believes the investigation is “pretty much over” and said, “I think it’s behind us.”
Pitino would not reveal to Valvano if he had met with NCAA investigators or not, stating that the enforcement staff prefers its members not speak openly about ongoing investigations. An article by WDRB’s Eric Crawford claims that a source close to the investigation says that Pitino still has not met with the NCAA.
The investigation is the result of a tell-all book, released by a self-proclaimed Louisville madam, which claims that former UofL staffer Andre McGee paid strippers and escorts to dance for and have sex with former players and recruits. The university’s private investigation resulted in the men’s team sitting out of the ACC and NCAA tournaments this past season, and future restrictions on recruiting efforts and available scholarships. The men’s team finished the 2015-2016 season with a 23-8 record and were 12-6 in the ACC.
Pitino is currently in Florida with his friends and family and told Valvano that he believes the team will be in good shape next season. In regards to getting past the investigation, Pitino told Valvano, “You move on, and next year we think we’ll have a top five team.”