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UofL Police said Katina Powell, Andre McGee Ran “Criminal Syndicate”

Almost two years after UofL police concluded their criminal investigation into Katina Powell and Andre McGee, we have the results.

In records obtained by Jason Riley of WDRB, UofL police urged the Commonwealth’s Attorney to charge Powell and McGee for multiple felonies, including prostitution, promoting prostitution, unlawful transaction with a minor and engaging in organized crime from 2010 through 2014.  Police listed Powell, her three daughters and McGee as the three organized crime suspects and said the syndicate would have continued if McGee did not leave the university for another job.

Upon receipt of the report, Jefferson County prosecutors chose not to press charges.  There was not enough credible, corroborating evidence to make a case.

“Simply because they (U of L police) say it, doesn’t make it so, with all due respect to their police department,” Commonwealth’s Attorney Tom Wine said today.

Even though nothing came of the UofL police report, it’s still quite a fascinating read that you can check out at WDRB.


Louisville Fans Hire Attorney to Sue NCAA for Title Banner

Louisville Fans Hire Attorney to Sue NCAA for Title Banner

Louisville fans are taking extreme(ly stupid) measures to keep their beloved 2013 National Championship banner.

Fans created a group, the University of Louisville Protection and Advocacy Coalition (Louisville PAC), and hired attorney Robert Florio to file a lawsuit against the NCAA.  Florio told the Courier-Journal he plans to charge the NCAA with breach of fiduciary duty, unjust enrichment and arbitrary and capricious treatment of a member school.  The Louisville PAC hopes this suit will reverse the NCAA’s decision and remove all penalties.

Rick Pitino said last month the University of Louisville Board of Trustees should sue the NCAA for vacating UofL’s wins.  When the board did not take action, fans did, even though I don’t think that’s how the law works.


Louisville earns two-seed in NIT, will take on Northern Kentucky in opening round

Louisville fans had their hearts torn out when they officially missed out on the NCAA Tournament this afternoon.

Soon thereafter, news broke that not only did their tournament dreams burst, they weren’t even considered one of the First Four Out.

Just now, the Cards reached a new low, as they will not only miss out on the Big Dance, they will be the TWO-seed in the NIT against Northern Kentucky in the first round.

On the bright side, Louisville has been looking for something to replace the 2013 National Championship banner in the Yum! Center. An NIT title banner would look pretty good in the rafters as a replacement if you ask me.


Did Louisville Make the NCAA Tournament?


Rick Pitino to Georgia?

After news broke that Georgia fired head coach Mark Fox, Mrs. Tyler Thompson wrote:

Both the Ole Miss and Georgia jobs are now open. Hopefully neither of the schools are dumb enough to hire Rick Pitino.

Georgia might just be dumb enough to do it.

Now that the dust has settled, people are talking.  Jay Williams is listening and he’s heard that Slick Rick’s name is hot in the streets.  The ESPN analyst’s exact words were:

Been hearing Rick Pitino’s name a lot from trusted sources regarding the Georgia job.

Pitino did say yesterday that he’s hired an agent and he plans on a return to coaching.  If Pitino doesn’t want to keep losing to Calipari every year, another former rivaled foe might.  Mike Decourcy reports former Indiana coach Tom Crean is interested in Georgia’s head coaching vacancy.  This coaching search is gonna be…something.


Tom Jurich Manipulated Nepotism Rules to Promote Son

WDRB

Tom Jurich was a master rule-bender during his UofL regime.  A Courier-Journal investigation into his son, Mark, reveals exactly how the elder Jurich maneuvered around nepotism policies to help his son become the eighth-highest paid administrator in the school.

In order to elude the university’s nepotism policy, Mark Jurich reported to either the UofL Foundation or the president’s office.  We learned about this relationship quite some time ago.  What we did not know is exactly how he got into this position in the first place.

Mark Jurich spent four years as an intern before his father hired him as an assistant director of development over 63 other applicants.  From that point forward, Mark’s salary came from different parts of the university to elude the nepotism clause.  How did the different departments know how much to pay Mark?

“Mark is a high-quality guy, but one of the reasons that I didn’t supervise him very long was I did not have input on raises or promotions,” former supervisor Keith Inman said. “We were just told, ‘This is what Mark’s gonna make next year, this is your half.'”

Mark’s salary increased often.  The paper trail was spotty and many of the promotions were positions that did not have a vacancy.  In other words, Tom Jurich created positions to give his son multiple raises.

Read more about Jurich’s tactics in Danielle Lerner’s exceptional investigation for the Courier-Journal.


More receipts leaked from college basketball investigation

More receipts leaked from college basketball investigation


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Oh my, Louisville

Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Louisville suffered one of the worst losses in basketball history Thursday night.

Hosting No. 1 Virginia and in desperate need of a win to reach the tournament, the Cards controlled the game for 39 minutes and 59 seconds.

That last second, though — it was a wild one.

Up four with 0.9 seconds left, Louisville fouled a Virginia shooter to send him to the line for three shots. He made the first two, and then a lane violation gave Louisville the ball back. All Louisville needed to do was inbound the ball and it would seal the victory, and likely an NCAA berth. However, Louisville turned the ball over on a traveling call before putting the ball in play, which gave Virginia the ball back, down two, and the clock still at 0.9 seconds.

Then this happened:

Ball game in unbelievable fashion.

Heartbreak for the Cards, again.