Since Katina Powell opened a can of UofL Scandal worms with Breaking Cardinal Rules, the University of Louisville has tried to put all of the blame on Andre McGee. As Tim Sullivan of The Courier-Journal points out, the players should shoulder some of that blame.
During the appeals process, UofL has attempted to mitigate the players’ role in order to save their precious banners from leaving the Yum! Center rafters. To do so, they’ve painted McGee as the unscrupulous villain who coerced all of the players to break the rules. Sullivan is not buying UofL’s BS.
It’s hard to believe McGee could have staged so many sex parties at Billy Minardi Hall without at least one of the residents recognizing the damage disclosure could do to the basketball program. It’s hard to excuse participating players for failing to alert their coaches to a multi-year scandal that has already cost the university millions of dollars, an NCAA Tournament appearance and an incalculable amount of reputation.
Andre McGee deserves to be permanently disassociated from his alma mater and banned from college coaching, but he is not the only one who bears responsibility for this fiasco. At least some U of L players participated, placed their school in peril and remained silent.
Sullivan sees right through UofL’s argument. The NCAA will likely do the same.