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Louisville’s new commit must work out

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The University of Louisville picked up a new basketball commit today, which is nice. His name is Aidan Igiehon and he’s a four-star prospect, ranked 44th overall in the entire 2019 class. He picked the Cards over three other finalists — Oregon, Kentucky and St. John’s — although, Kentucky didn’t offer him so including the Cats in his final group is very misleading. Whatever, though. Good for him.

So what is Chris Mack getting in his new big man? I don’t know because I haven’t seen him play. I can’t even pronounce his name. But I do know he is JACKED.

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It’s a great pickup for Mack and the Louisville program given the black cloud it has been living under recently. They’ll still lose to Kentucky every year but this new guy might win a weight lifting contest.


Louisville tight end suspended after arrest

Louisville tight end suspended after arrest

Things just keep getting worse for the University of Louisville. Today, the UofL football program suspended tight end Kemari Averett after he was charged with wanton endangerment and assault in the fourth degree.

“Kemari Averett has been suspended immediately from all football activities per further investigation,”  Bobby Petrino said in a release. “We work hard every day to develop a culture of accountability that everyone in our program must live up to. Any conduct that does not meet these expectations will not be tolerated within the Louisville football program.”

The hypocrisy of that comment coming from Bobby Petrino is certainly rich. Averett has eight catches this season for 65 yards and two touchdowns. He is being held on a $10,000 bond at the Louisville Metro Corrections Department.

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Brian Bowen Sr. details payment from former UofL assistant

Brian Bowen’s father is back on the stand today for cross-examination and is currently detailing the $1,300 payment he received from former Louisville assistant Kenny Johnson.

According to Pete Brush, Bowen Sr. said he asked Johnson for money to help make rent during the summer of 2017, and although Johnson was initially shocked by the request, he eventually relented, giving Bowen Sr. $1,300 in cash.

Bowen Sr. insists that his son had no knowledge of the dealings with UofL and Adidas:

We’ll have more from the trial as the day goes on. Stay tuned…


Brian Bowen Sr. details offers he received for son to play college hoops

Brian Bowen’s father took the stand today at the college hoops trial and, as expected, it made for quite the afternoon.

Bowen Sr., who has immunity from prosecution for his side of the story, detailed the offers he received for his son to play college basketball, from $150,000, a car, and a house from Oklahoma State to $100,00 and a “good job” from Creighton:

Earlier this week, attorneys for former Adidas executive James Gatto said Oregon offered an “astronomical amount of money” for Bowen to be a Duck, but Bowen Sr. didn’t recall discussing said offer with Christian Dawkins. He confirmed that he started accepting money from Adidas via Dawkins as early as 2015 and that Adidas’ offer for Bowen to go to Louisville went up to match the amount Billy Preston got to go to Kansas:

Bowen Sr., who broke down in tears ten minutes after taking the stand, said he was also paid thousands of dollars for his son to attend La Lumiere, a prep school in Indiana, and to play for the Nike EYBL team Mean Streets.

According to Wetzel, Bowen Sr.’s examination is only halfway over, meaning more fireworks could be on the way tomorrow.


Prosecutors claim UofL paid for an additional recruit

Prosecutors claim UofL paid for an additional recruit

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This morning at the college hoops trial, prosecutors revealed an interesting new allegation against the University of Louisville.

According to Dan Wetzel, while questioning UofL compliance director John Carns, prosecutors claimed that Brian Bowen’s family wasn’t the only recruit’s family to receive money from the Louisville coaching staff:

Carns said he had no knowledge of those payments. Both Johnson and Fair were fired after the scandal broke last fall. Johnson now works as an assistant for LaSalle University and Fair coaches an AAU team. In May, Rick Pitino vouched for Johnson’s innocence to the Courier-Journal (as if that means anything). Johnson and Fair have also been accused of altering Bowen’s unofficial visit documents to cover up the presence of Christian Dawkins, one of the three men on trial for plotting to pay Bowen’s father $100,000 in exchange for his son’s commitment to Louisville.

Speaking of Bowen’s father, he could take the stand as early as this afternoon and has immunity from prosecution in exchange for his side of the story. Bowen’s family has claimed innocence until now, but after financial advisor Munish Sood’s testimony yesterday that he personally handed almost $20,000 in cash to Bowen Sr. on be half of Dawkins and Merl Code, things could get really interesting…

UPDATE: Pitino issued a statement to the Courier-Journal about Johnson paying Bowen because of course he did.

Pitino told the Courier Journal on Thursday he was “dumbfounded and devastated” by the allegation that Johnson made the $1,300 payment.

“He looked me square in the eye and said he did nothing wrong,” Pitino said. “I hope it’s not true.”


Financial planner says he gave Brian Bowen Sr. almost $20K in cash

There are two sides to the Brian Bowen play-for-pay story and we’ll soon know which is being truthful.

On one side we have the Bowen family and Rick Pitino and others, all deniers of any knowledge of any payments to the Bowens. Then on the other side we have Munish Sood, a financial planner in New Jersey, who says otherwise.

Sood stood in front of the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of New York on Wednesday, on Day 3 of college basketball’s bribery and corruption trial, and said he personally handed $19,400 in cash to Brian Bowen Sr., the father of the former Louisville commit. Sood said the payment was to ensure Bowen would attend Louisville and he handed it to Bowen’s father in a parking lot in New Jersey on July 13, 2017. Bowen had already committed at that point.

Sood was advised to deliver the payment by Christian Dawkins and Merl Code, he said, and that he was working with them to land high school and college basketball players.

So, somebody is lying about payments to Brian Bowen’s family and I have a hard time believing it’s the guy who testified in court today.

But according to Jeff Goodman, Bowen Sr. will be called to testify in the case and he has immunity from prosecution in exchange for his side of the story. Will he admit to the hand out?


Hey Kentucky: Matt interviews Michael Sokolove

Hey Kentucky: Matt interviews Michael Sokolove

Tonight on Hey Kentucky!, Matt interviewed Michael Sokolove, the author of “The Last Temptation of Rick Pitino,” the inside story of the corruption scandal that rocked college basketball.

Watch below as Sokolove describes what he learned about Pitino’s involvement in the scandal and what he believes the FBI’s investigation means for the sport moving forward.

For tonight’s complete episode, visit HeyKentucky.com.


UofL assistant coach reaches plea agreement in DUI case

Much like his team, Louisville tight end coach Chris Klenakis is done for the year. The only difference is the team must keep showing up while Klenakis has been placed on administrative leave following a DUI arrest last month.

On Thursday, Klenakis reached a plea agreement on charges of driving under the influence and second-degree wanton endangerment, according to the good people over at the Courier-Journal. He will serve four days in jail and pay $728 in fines and fees. He will return to court on October 25 for further sentencing, where he’ll face up to 180 days in jail.

According to the police report, Klenakis recorded a .165 BAC after he was seen swerving in and out of lanes, and narrowly missed a construction site where workers were actively working on I-64. He was then pulled from his vehicle once he refused to exit on his own.

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I really need Katina Powell to chill out

As a big fan of Katina Powell’s work, I must say I’m a little disappointed in her behavior lately. She is such a great author — Breaking Cardinal Rules is a masterpiece — but it’s tough to stand in her corner when she finds herself in trouble so often.

The latest allegations against Powell are pretty bad. Really bad, actually.

According to WDRB, she is under investigation for a violent robbery of a Louisville dentist:

Thomas Tyre, who has previously disclosed a relationship with Powell, claims in a Louisville Metro Police investigative report that Powell and her brother, Ernest Powell, entered his home Saturday night and Katina Powell demanded money.

Ernest Powell is accused of pulling out a knife and cutting Tyre inside his mouth. The two men struggled and Tyre suffered knife wounds on his hands, according to the report.

Tyre, 55, said Katina Powell told Ernest “not to hurt him that bad during the assault,” according to the police narrative. [WDRB]

Tyre isn’t a new character in the Katina Powell story. He’s the man she allegedly stole blank checks from and then cashed at a liquor store in a case that is still pending. He’s not so clean, either. WDRB notes he is facing three counts of unlawfully prescribing or administering controlled substances to his patients, and was arrested last month.

If I’m going to continue to back Powell, I need her to reel it in a little bit because this is killing her brand as an author. It’s also killing the value of my Katina Powell memorabilia collection.