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Parent of former Louisville star said “rival school” offered $100,000


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In an interview with the New York Post, the father of a former Louisville basketball star claims a “rival school” offered his son $100,000 in the recruiting process.

“When my son was in high school, I was approached at an AAU tournament by someone from a rival of Louisville’s. He said, “If you want to go to our school, we can get you $100,000.”’

He didn’t accept any money because he wanted to do it the “right way” and maintain the obvious moral high ground that comes with attending THE University of Louisville as a student-athlete.

Going into the recruiting process, I knew one thing: I was proud of my son, and I wanted to protect him. I didn’t want to do anything that would jeopardize his future.
When talking to coaches, I made it clear that we weren’t looking for financial compensation.

Sure.

Though most Kentucky fans are worried this “rival” school means this has something to do with the Wildcats, don’t sweat it. He claims the Adidas reps pushed him toward a school in the Big Ten and another in the Big 12 with Adidas contracts.

As he started looking at schools, an Adidas rep tried to push us toward a school in the Big Ten and another in the Big 12 that Adidas had contracts with. There is no doubt they are surrogates for the schools. Adidas pushes their kids to go to Adidas schools, and it’s the same with Nike.

Quite honestly, we never let the Adidas rep get too close to us, but I’ve watched it with players who didn’t have a stable home. Families get preyed upon by sneaker reps all of the time.

So the father claims his son was a highly-recruited athlete out of high school that made a decision between “Louisville and another school that had National Championship titles and was no stranger to the Final Four,” with those two schools being the final two on his list. He also says his son was a former baseball standout, but played for an Adidas-sponsored AAU program since he was 13 years old.

Any guesses?

You can read the entire New York Post article here.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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18 responses to “Parent of former Louisville star said “rival school” offered $100,000”

  1. TBW3011

    Donovan Mitchell was REALLY good at baseball. Has to be him.

    1. KYcats11

      And yes, I agree it was Mitchell.

  2. KYcats11

    Rival school is Indiana

  3. KYcats11

    He wasn’t even offered by us according to espn

  4. 9IsNext

    My guess is the story is made up completely, simply to deflect the shitstorm that UofLol & Pitino are dealing w/now…hence the single anonymous source, the fact no people/schools were named, & the tabloid paper they had to get it printed in.

    1. CATandMONKEY

      The entire story reads like a staffer with no basketball knowledge wrote it up. Reminds me of one of those Taboola stories written just to get clicks.
      Plus, New York Post.

  5. LegggoooCats

    3 things;

    1. I also believe it was Donovan Mitchell.

    2. I believe the Big Ten school/rival he spoke of would be Indiana, they’re sponsored by Adidas.

    3. However, I believe the “father” made this entire story up to try to get attention on someone else besides the corrupt cesspool that is known as UofL… or more appropriately Scandal U.

  6. 4everUKblue

    Probably got paid for that statement…

  7. UKBlue1

    This is obviously a planted story by one of Rick people (Rick finger prints are all over it) in a national newspaper so it will get wider attention that just happens to be the largest news market & Rick hometown. Rick thinks everyone stupid & wont figure it out.

  8. chris47601

    Indiana and Kansas are the 2 schools implicated by this guy.

    Kansas just landed on the crosshairs of a story around Zion Williamson too.

    Kansas is about to pay the piper.

  9. daveswartz

    it has to be Kansas

  10. Matteo

    Think logically, there has been no recruit in that has chosen Louisville over Kentucky (they would be dumb to do that anyway) so there is no need for UK fans to worry about this guy’s statement

    1. a21CATSfan

      The only one that I can think of that picked UofL over the CATS was Montrezl Harrell, and he was a transfer after Greenberg got fired at Va Tech. I remember being upset because I knew we needed more depth and size down low. Boy, how that worked out! And I believe Indiana and Kansas would be the two “rival” schools if this story is true.

  11. dballrb

    Yep,’that school in the Big Ten’ sounds about right,choking players and throwing chairs..Montgomery would be proud.

  12. JTHinton

    KU/ Baylor

  13. EdC

    I think I’m going to go with BS on this one. Why wouldn’t that have come up before now? Way too convenient.

  14. Doctor21

    So, did he report to NCAA when it occured? I thought that had to be reported.

  15. Kevin C

    UofSmeLL is in no way, shape, or form a “rival” to THE University of Kentucky. This article serves as nothing more than troll food.