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NCAA Calls Out Louisville Over Sex Escort Allegations

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University of Louisville head basketball coach Rick Pitino responds to a question during a press conference, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016, in Louisville, Kentucky. (Timothy D. Easley/AP Photo)

By    |   Thursday, 20 Oct 2016 03:20 PM

The NCAA accused the University of Louisville of four violations connected to allegations that a former staffer hired escorts to strip for and have sex with basketball recruits and players.

The NCAA’s report says head coach Rick Pitino failed to monitor Andre McGee, the staffer in question, The Association Press reported. Pitino has denied having any knowledge of what was going on.

“This man (McGee) made a mistake and we apologize for his mistakes,” Pitino said during a news conference.

“I’m not guilty of failing to monitor but I am guilty of trusting someone,” Pitino added, per U Sports. “I wish it would have leaked out to me because it would’ve been stopped immediately.”

The allegations stem from an investigation sparked by Katina Powell's book, "Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen," in which Powell claims McGee paid her $10,000 for strippers to perform 22 shows from 2010-14, the AP reported.

The University of Louisville has 90 days to respond to the notice of allegations.

Athletic director Tom Jurich and acting President Neville Pinto said they personally investigated the issue separately from the NCAA’s probe and got the same results, the AP noted.

“Improper activities took place in a dormitory that never should have occurred,” they said in a statement. “When the facts were established, we acted. We took appropriate punitive and corrective actions. The penalties we imposed were among the most severe penalties ever self-imposed by an NCAA member.”

“As parents and university leaders who care about every student who comes to the University of Louisville, we are heartbroken that inappropriate behavior took place here,” Pinto and Jurich said in their joint statement, per the Courier-Journal.

“It saddens us tremendously. We promised that if something else was done wrong, we would be open about it, acknowledge it, and correct it.”

According to the Courier-Journal, McGee allegedly provided impermissible benefits worth more than $5,000 to at least 17 recruits or then-current players, two “nonscholastic” coaches, and to a friend of one of the athletes.

The allegations claim that McGee refused to be interviewed by NCAA investigators and that former program assistant Brandon Williams failed to provide telephone records.

The fourth and final allegation says Pitino violated “NCAA head coach responsibility legislation, as he is presumed responsible for the allegations laid out” against McGee and “did not rebut that presumption,” the Courier-Journal noted.

Both Pitino and McGee could be subject to a show-cause order if found guilty of the accusations.

“It is important to note what is not being alleged,” a news release from the university reads. “The NOA (notice of allegations) does not contain an allegation that Coach Pitino had knowledge of what took place in the dormitory. The NCAA does not allege a ‘lack of institutional control’ at Louisville, a very severe allegation….The NOA does contain a narrower allegation – which we will dispute – that Coach Pitino failed to demonstrate that he monitored Mr. McGee.”

McGee resigned as an assistant coach at UMKC last October and is not coaching college basketball at this time, the Courier-Journal said.

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