The NCAA is charging Louisville with four Level I infractions. They also cited Louisville Coach Rick Pitino, men’s basketball with failure to monitor his program after investigating claims by an escort that a former Cardinals staff member paid her and others thousands of dollars to have sex with players and recruiters in a school dormitory.
Louisville is avoiding the most severe charges the NCAA can levy, lack of coach control. However, Pitino could still face serious ramifications even though he claims he was not aware of any incidents.
The school now has 90 days to respond to the notice of allegations by the NCAA. Then the NCAA has 60 days after that to review and reply to their response. After that, both parties will appear at a hearing before the NCAA announces any punishment. We likely won’t know the outcome of this until well into 2017.
In a statement, Pitino and Athletic Director Tom Jurich say they will dispute the charges of Pitino failing to keep track of Andre McGee, who allegedly paid Katina Powell, the escort. McGee is no longer coaching college basketball. He is refusing to cooperate with the NCAA’s investigation, consisting of interviews with over 90 people.
In February, they announced a postseason ban. Louisville’s former president says it was “reasonable to conclude” that violations did happen.
The school also cut two men’s basketball scholarships, limited coaches’ travel and lowered the number of on-campus recruiting visits in an attempt to avoid any future NCAA punishment.
ESPN’s Dana O’Neil takes note of two school basketball mentors, Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim and SMU’s Larry Brown. Each were in suspension for nine games after the NCAA found that they didn’t monitor their team. Under recent legislation, mentors can’t use ignorance in their defense.
“A head coach is presumed to be responsible for the actions of any and all staff members and can be there accountable for their violations, even if the coach is unaware,” O’Neil composes.