By Nick Roush on ©August 02nd, 2018 @ 11:15am
Following Rick Pitino’s termination at the University of Louisville, the school and former head coach have filed lawsuits against one another. Through discovery, UofL revealed that Pitino knew schools were trying to pay for Brian Bowen’s services.
“DePaul trying to pay Bowen 200 K to come there,” Pitino texted then assistant coach Kenny Johnson. “Crazy world.”
David Padgett acknowledged in a deposition that the information about DePaul would have been a red flag. The once interim head coach said he would not have recruited a player who was allegedly accepting money from schools.
UofL also detailed Pitino’s relationship with agent Christian Dawkins, one that was never reported to compliance officials. A text message on June 2, 2017 from Dawkins informed Pitino that other schools were trying to “influence” Bowen’s decision. Dawkins encouraged Pitino to call Bowen. The following day, Bowen committed to UofL. Pitino celebrated the news by telling Terry Meiners this:
“In my 40-some-odd years of coaching, this is the luckiest I’ve ever been…It fell into our lap, and we got very lucky, and every once in a while, you need a little luck.”
U of L also argues that Pitino knew or should have known about the stripper scandal, pointing out that assistant coaches mentioned it at practice, according to NCAA pic.twitter.com/isvRx5Y7pf
— Jason Riley (@JasonRileyWDRB) August 2, 2018
By Drew Franklin on ©July 30th, 2018 @ 11:15am
Put me down as super excited for Rick Pitino’s new book.
The Washington Post has a story about it today in which we learn it will be called “Pitino: My Story” and it is set to hit bookshelves on September 4.
The former Louisville coach promises to “tell all” and will “lay all his cards on the table” in the book that is co-written by Seth Kaufman and will cover his entire career, all the way up to his scandalous exit from Louisville.
But isn’t laying on tables what got Pitino in trouble in the first place?
The “escort queen” who single-handedly took down the Louisville basketball program is in the news yet again.
Katina Powell has been indicted by a grand jury on criminal possession of a forged instrument and theft by deception charges.
According to the arrest citation, Powell is alleged to have stolen blank checks totaling $2,900 and attempting to cash them at a liquor store. The reported victim, Thomas Tyre, has since dropped the charges.
“I want her in my life,” Tyre told the Courier Journal in May. “I’m sad about what happened.”
The arrest occurred on May 17, where she was seen wearing a Louisville football shirt in her mugshot.
Powell was evicted from her home back in April after her daughter reportedly pulled a gun on a man in front of their home back in January. The court deemed Powell was in violation of her lease agreement.
Powell was also arrested in January for allegedly shoplifting a toothbrush from a Walmart in Louisville.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©July 16th, 2018 @ 8:00pm
If it weren’t for Rick Pitino, Jesus Shuttlesworth would have been a Kentucky Wildcat.
In his autobiography ‘From the Outside: My Journey Through Life and the Game I Love’ released back in March, NBA shooting legend Ray Allen said his college decision came down to Kentucky and Connecticut, but one final visit to Lexington during Big Blue Madness sealed the fate of the Cats… in the wrong direction.
Why? Because Pitino wouldn’t even talk to the future NBA all-time leader in three-point field goals.
On the visit, Kentucky legend Jamal Mashburn took Allen and his roommate Derron Sheffer out to lunch at a restaurant owned by Pitino. During the meeting, the former UK head coach was sitting just a few tables away, but didn’t say a word to the prized recruit.
“[Coach Pitino] happened to be there that afternoon, sitting with some friends a few tables away,” Allen said. “Perfect, I figured, he’ll stop by for a few minutes to say hello, and I’ll learn more to help me make my decision. Only he didn’t stop by. He waved, and that was it. Coach [Jim] Calhoun would never have ignored us. He and I, in fact, enjoyed several meals together on my visit to Storrs.”
In fact, Allen said Pitino’s approach proved he wasn’t valued as a recruit at all. Instead, the future Hall of Famer wanted to go somewhere “where it’s clear somebody wants you to be an essential part of what they’re doing.”
It’s not the first time Allen has talked about his recruiting process and Pitino’s lack of dedication during it.
“Pitino, he’s so high on a pedestal,” Allen said in a past interview at UCONN when asked about Kentucky. “He does everything and talks about himself. It’s “I” before his players or the team. He’s always talking about himself and what he has.”
He also told the same story about Pitino’s restaurant and the Kentucky head coach not paying him any attention while visiting.
“He had a restaurant… Jamal Mashburn was taking me around on my visit and I went in there and Rick Pitino, he sat with his friends on the other side of the bar. Me and Derron joke about it; we said if it were Coach Calhoun, he would be sitting down at the table and getting our food for us because he really wanted us.”
You can see the full interview here:
Could you imagine the UK Alumni Game with arguably the greatest shooter of all time participating? Allen’s jersey hanging in the rafters?
Thanks again, Rick.
By Drew Franklin on ©July 11th, 2018 @ 5:12pm
Just when we thought the Louisville stripper scandal had given us all it could give, it reloads with a new lawsuit and new material to make us laugh.
Today we learned former UofL players Luke Hancock, Tim Henderson, Gorgui Dieng, Stephan Van Treese and Mike Marra are suing the NCAA over the vacating of games from the 2012 and 2013 seasons. And to show how serious they are about the lawsuit, they brought in the services of Morgan & Morgan (For the people!) to get the job done. That, in itself, is hilarious. I actually laughed out loud when I read it. Was ‘Better Call Saul’ not available?
Anyway, John Morgan from Morgan & Morgan (For the people!) came up from Florida for a press conference and he brought all of his other Morgans with him. They spent an hour talking about how the NCAA is the devil and its rules aren’t fair and it preys on college athletes — a lot of which is true. I believe Morgan, who is for the people, said something like the NCAA is “Goliath” and he and his plaintiffs are fighting back against its bullying. He even said, “We’re here to get Pitino’s championship back.” Good luck with that.
Hancock, who was the only one of the five former players to attend, said he can’t go two days without someone asking him about strippers. He also said he didn’t do anything wrong and the punishment doesn’t fit the crime, and that he would trade Louisville’s improper benefits for the $900 million the NCAA made on the tournament. I don’t think that’s an option, bud.
I could go on and on about how Morgan & Morgan (For the people!) preached about justice for the Cardinals who did not participate in the sex stuff, and how they’re trying to “get the players’ good names back.” But there are two main points of emphasis that we really need to address at this time:
(1) Morgan & Morgan (For the people!) isn’t ready for the fight it is fighting. At one point during the press conference, John Morgan, who is for the people, said the NCAA invented its one-and-done rule so it could profit off the best basketball players for at least one year. But if Morgan, who is for the people, had done his homework, he would know it’s an NBA rule and not the NCAA’s rule.
(2) This made me laugh:
Morgan: Who knows which players may have had sex with hookers? Everyone got sprayed by this scandal. @840WHAS
— Will Clark (@WClark840WHAS) July 11, 2018
Everyone got sprayed, he says. Interpret that however you’d like.
In the end, this won’t last long. It’s completely idiotic in the first place, so someone with some sense will tell Hancock and his pals to shut it down before they open a brand new can of worms that don’t need to be opened. Did the players not take into consideration that Pitino, Jurich, Louisville and their teammates could get called to testify under oath? Be smarter, guys.
As for Morgan & Morgan (For the people!), it has to know this is frivolous. The law firm clearly knows enough to afford all of those TV commercials, so it must know this is all one big waste of time.
It’s also worth noting John Morgan hails from Lexington and proudly reps Big Blue Nation. So, Go Cats.
Good luck to all parties, though. We’ll be watching. And laughing.
Read the lawsuit here if you feel like wasting your time.
By Drew Franklin on ©July 10th, 2018 @ 1:00pm
According to media free agent Jeff Goodman, former basketball players from the University of Louisville intend to sue the NCAA over the vacating of games during the 2012 and 2013 seasons, which of course includes their beloved fictional NCAA championship.
Former Louisville basketball players and their attorneys filing a lawsuit against the NCAA pertaining to its vacating of Louisville’s 2012 and 2013 men’s basketball seasons, including its 2013 championship. Luke Hancock among the players involved in the lawsuit.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) July 10, 2018
That sounds like an enormous waste of time and money, but good luck to Luke Hancock and his pals on their fight for justice.
Maybe they’ll get a win that actually counts.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©July 05th, 2018 @ 9:40pm
Even though he once claimed to have never heard of Matt Jones, KSR’s founder was clearly on James Ramsey’s mind. Documents were released today about what the former University of Louisville president knew when deciding to self-impose the Cardinals’ 2016 postseason ban, and according to Jason Riley, Matt’s name showed up in reference to some tweets:
I don't know what this is, but it either says "Matt Jones? Tickets or Tweets" pic.twitter.com/anwAZoGrMi
— Jason Riley (@JasonRileyWDRB) July 5, 2018
The rest of the documents mostly pertain to Chane Behanan, specifically the sale of his Final Four ring (he passed a polygraph test claiming he had no knowledge of it) and a speeding ticket; however, as Riley writes, there seems to be more to come:
I think there is a lot more info to be released pic.twitter.com/WfyUHNiX9Z
— Jason Riley (@JasonRileyWDRB) July 5, 2018
Pass the popcorn.
By Brent Wainscott on ©June 30th, 2018 @ 6:00pm
After the heavily anticipated Drake album, Scorpion, dropped late Thursday night there were plenty of highlights and Instagram captions to be had, as is the case with every Drake album. But, it wouldn’t be a Drake album without showing some bias to Kentucky Basketball and the BBN. We’ve heard Drake say he needs a girl from Kentucky, Rocks Kentucky Blue, and has Calipari flows, but the best line he’s ever blessed the BBN with is the one from Scorpion where the Six God calls out Rick Pitino.
Drake is no stranger to rap beef as he’s thrown shots at the likes of Meek Mill, Kid Cudi, and most recently, Pusha T. Well now it’s Pitino’s turn, and if Pitino knows anything about rap beef, we should hear a response from Rick Pitino anytime soon.
Here are some tracks we might see on Rick Pitino’s response album to Drake:
1 AM in Porcini’s
Not So Faithful
100 Bands (Ft. Brian Bowen)
1 for 9 Freestyle
Career’s Over Interlude
Wasn’t All Me
Big Ring (Ft. NCAA)
University 6 god
15 Second Man
More than One Dance
Fired and Retired
Rick Pitino is on the clock, and we know how quick he is. Keep an eye out for this summer’s quickest album.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©June 29th, 2018 @ 11:00pm
Drake is arguably the biggest superstar in the music world right now. He has won 99 music awards and has been nominated for 469 total. He has won three Grammy Awards to go with thirty-five total nominations. He has 37.5 million followers on Twitter to go with 42.7 million on Instagram.
And he reps Coach Cal and the Cats with the best of them.
He shouts out Kentucky in his songs, hangs out the team, regularly comes to Rupp Arena for major events, and even has a “Kentucky Blue” John Calipari Pack of his special edition OVO Jordan 8 shoes. He’s a Kentucky superfan.
Now, he’s giving us even more reason to love him.
Drake released his latest album, Scorpion, last night, where he called out Rick Pitino and the Louisville Cardinals in the song “Sandra’s Rose.”
“Louisville hush money for my young gunners,” the lyric reads. “Rick Pitino, I take them to strip clubs and casinos.”
So the Cats get “I need a girl from Kentucky” and “I rock Kentucky blue” in past songs, while the Cards get hush money and strip clubs.
Welcome back, Drake.
Louisville hush money for my young gunners
Rick Pitino, I take 'em to strip clubs and casinos pic.twitter.com/ubepGUSXHO
— #LouisvilleHushMoney (@DrewFranklinKSR) June 29, 2018
By Drew Franklin on ©June 28th, 2018 @ 7:00pm
The University of Louisville is doing its best to move on from its troubled basketball past under Rick Pitino’s watch, but we here at Kentucky-Sports-Radio-dot-com are not done consuming all stripper-related information we can on the Dirty Birds, so we were excited to see WDRB’s Jason Riley roll out even more information from the case.
The new stuff isn’t all that exciting or important, but it provides yet another good reason to smile at Louisville’s demise.
We have irrelevant things like a receipt from Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse in Louisville, where Pitino, assistant coach Mike Balado, and Orlando Magic head coach Frank Vogel met up for a Tuesday happy hour dinner in January of 2017. One had the soup and salad; one ordered the sea bass; and the other went with the stuffed chicken. Dirty Grey Goose martinis (a timeless cocktail) and Cakebread wine were the drinks of choice.
Balado was a key player in the investigation. UofL police did a complete background check and obtained his bank and phone records, as well as his call logs. He was the famous “Coach Mike” we’ve heard so much about. Katina Powell said he was aggravating and he wanted a white girl with big boobs and a big butt, among other things I don’t feel comfortable typing:
Riley’s new information rollout also has a little bit about “Shay,” Powell’s youngest daughter, and how she “took one for the team” by doing things without pay.
There is also some stuff from Powell’s discussions with Dick Cady, the author of her book, that says drugs were sold on campus and recruits would go outside to smoke to avoid smoke detectors. “Could smell it in the cars,” she said.
To digest it all, spend some time scrolling through Riley’s timeline here.
RIP to the 2013 national championship.