More trouble in paradise.
The University of Louisville has received a verbal notice of inquiry from the NCAA, which signifies the first step in the often-long process of the NCAA’s larger investigation. The verbal notice was sent to school officials in early March, a UofL spokesman confirmed to The Athletic.
“We received verbal notice of inquiry from the NCAA on March 8,” Louisville spokesman John Karman said. “There are no other details I can provide at this time.”
In case you’ve lost track, this particular investigation deals with the recruitment of Brian Bowen, a former McDonald’s All-American who never played in a game for the Cardinals. Authorities say Bowen’s father, Brian Sr., was promised $100,000 for his son to attend the University of Louisville and sign a sponsorship deal with Adidas when he turned professional. There are also other allegations in the Bowen case, including an alleged delivery of $1,300 to Bowen by then-assistant coach Kenny Johnson and multiple allegations involving former sports agent Christian Dawkins.
Although the school’s head coach, Athletic Director and two involved assistant coaches have all been fired, the case is especially problematic for Louisville since they were already on probation from the earlier “strippers-in-the-dorm” controversy.
Dawkins is scheduled to stand trial later this month for his role in a separate part of the same corruption case. Other advisors and Adidas executives have already stood trial or are currently awaiting their day in court. Arizona and Kansas are also reportedly under investigation.
The NCAA has said it’s monitoring the ongoing trials and hoping to work with the FBI to obtain more evidence related to the case.
Think Rick Pitino got the news all the way in Greece?