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UofL tight end accused of rape days before playing in game

The UofL Ethical Leadership Program already has its hands full because there’s another scandal brewing on Floyd Street.

Kemari Averett, the Louisville tight end arrested for holding a gun to a woman’s head, is now accused of raping a different woman in mid-August. Petrino suspended Averett for the gun incident on October 16, but the alleged rape happened in mid-August and reported to UofL police on October 9. Averett played in UofL’s game vs. Boston College on October 13. (The alleged victim reported the incident to the on-campus sexual assault crisis center on the same day, but the police didn’t open the case until October 8.)

Both Petrino and Vince Tyra claim they didn’t know about the alleged rape before the Boston College game, but how could the UofL Police not have brought it to their attention?

For more on the allegations, which Averett is denying, check out the Courier-Journal.

[C-J: Louisville football player accused of rape days before appearing in game]

Louisville starts Ethical Leadership Program 17 years too late

Today, the University of Louisville announced the formation of a $2.1 million ethical leadership program aimed at rebuilding its athletic department’s reputation. Unfortunately, it’s about 17 years too late for that.

The program will be funded by the school and Adidas, which is especially ironic considering that yesterday, former Adidas executive James Gatto, would-be agent Christian Dawkins, and former Adidas consultant Merl Code, were convicted on felony charges of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

Speaking of the college hoops trial, Rick Pitino’s attorney put out a lengthy response to the verdict today, claiming it proved there was “not a scintilla of proof that Pitino committed any NCAA violation, let alone any crime.”

Finally, the government was clear in its closing argument that no Louisville coaches knew about the scheme to pay Bowen Sr. And in the government’s rebuttal summation, it cited evidence that suggested the defendants took pains to avoid telling Pitino about their conspiracy.

Both sides in this case used Rick Pitino to further their own ends. Perhaps for publicity, perhaps to shift blame. At bottom, there is no proof that Rick Pitino knew about or was involved in the illegal payments. His banishment from the college game is unfair, unwarranted and unjust.

Did his lawyer miss the part where Bowen’s father admitted that former UofL assistant Kenny Johnson paid him $1,300 for rent? Because that definitely happened.


Louisville’s new commit must work out


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.


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

Photo via UofL Athletics

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

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.


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.

One year ago today, the FBI College Hoops probe broke

Let me take you back to September 26, 2017. It was a simpler time, when the biggest story in Kentucky sports was yet another heartbreaking loss to Florida in football and Immanuel Quickley’s recent commitment. That all changed at 10 a.m. when the FBI’s college basketball probe went public.

It’s wild to think how many things have changed since that day. Rick Pitino and Tom Jurich are out at Louisville, Brian Bowen is playing professionally in Australia, and Kentucky finally beat Florida in football. What a year it’s been.

We’re going to commemorate the anniversary throughout the morning here on KSR, starting with links to our biggest posts from that day. We had some good ones:

Just think, back then, Pitweetos weren’t even a thing.

Ep. 81 Aaron Torres Sports Podcast: Michael Sokolove author of “The Last Temptation of Rick Pitino”

It’s a new episode of the “Aaron Torres Sports Podcast,” and Aaron has a special guest. After Rick Pitino joined the show last week, this week it’s author Michael Sokolove, the author of the “other” Rick Pitino book, “The Last Temptation of Rick Pitino.” Before we get to Sokolove though, Aaron is joined by Nick Coffey to recap the weekend in sports.
A surprising conversation about Tiger Woods: The guys divert from college football momentarily for a quick talk on Tiger Woods’ tournament win on Sunday that momentarily took over the sports world. What is it about Tiger that makes fans so fascinated to watch him?
A recap of Kentucky’s wild win and the rest of Week 4 college football: The guys recap a wild weekend of college football, including Kentucky’s dominant win over Mississippi State. Are the Wildcats actually underrated at No. 17? And why Benny Snell is a major Heisman candidate. The guys also talk about Oregon’s crippling loss, and is Alabama officially too good for the rest of college football? The guys think so.
Next up, Aaron welcomes author Michael Sokolove to the show. Sokolove has a new book out called “The Last Temptation of Rick Pitino” which is chronicles the rise and fall of Louisville athletics and Rick Pitino. The guys discuss:
Their interactions with Rick Pitino: The guys talk about their experiences with Pitino. Pitino joined Aaron’s show last week and Michael interviewed him for the book. Is there anything believable or redeemable about Pitino or anything he says?
What led to Louisville’s downfall? Michael talks about his experiences diving into the Louisville athletics program. He does a deep dive on how the excesses of Tom Jurich and Rick Pitino made it pretty much inevitable that the athletic department would blow up.
The guys also discuss Brian Bowen and whether he knew that his family was soliciting money for his play, and also the FBI scandal as a whole. Is the college athletic model sustainable?

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