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7 Takeaways from UofL’s Notice of Allegations

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The University of Louisville received its Notice of Allegations (NOA) from the NCAA this morning, leaving sportswriters scrambling to decipher the legalese and figure out just how much trouble the basketball program is in. I did my best to break down the NOA into seven takeaways for you:

1.  The NCAA handed down four Level One violations

The NOA included four Level One violations, the most severe in their enforcement structure. Here’s what they boil down to:

  • Andre McGee violated the rules (1 Level One violation): The NCAA alleges that McGee “arranged for and/or provided impermissible inducements, offers and/or extra benefits in the form of adult entertainment, sex acts and/or cash” to at least 17 players or recruits, two AAU coaches, and one friend of a recruit. They found that 14 strip shows, 11 sex acts, and two declined sex acts took place between December 2010 and April 2014 at a value of “at least $5,400.”
  • Andre McGee did not cooperate with the NCAA’s investigation (1 Level One violation): The second charge alleges that McGee did not cooperate with the NCAA’s investigation, twice refusing to be interviewed.
  • Rick Pitino failed to monitor McGee (1 Level One violation): The NCAA alleges that Pitino “failed to frequently spot-check the program to uncover potential or existing compliance problems, including actively looking for and evaluating red flags, asking pointed questions and regularly soliciting honest feedback” from McGee about recruiting activities.
  • Brandon Williams did not cooperate with the NCAA’s investigation (1 Level One violation): The NCAA alleges that Williams, a former assistant involved with recruiting, refused to turn over his phone records.

2.  UofL plans to fight Pitino’s failure to monitor charge

McGee and Williams face show-cause penalties, and because of the failure to monitor charge, Pitino may as well; therefore, UofL is planning to dispute Pitino’s charge. From the UofL press release:

“We believe that Mr. McGee acted furtively and note that the NOA does not indicate that any other university employee besides Mr. McGee had knowledge of these activities. We are confident in Coach Pitino and we know he is and always has been committed to NCAA compliance.”

They have 90 days to respond to the NOA, at which point the NCAA has 60 days to counter.

3.  Regardless, Pitino will likely be suspended for some games

How many? If I had to guess — and this is just a guess — nine or ten. Why nine or ten? Nine would have him back in time for the Kentucky game, ten would mean he’d sit out the Kentucky game and therefore wouldn’t have to take another loss to Calipari.

4.  The team probably won’t face any more suspensions

UofL was NOT charged with lack of institutional control, which means they probably won’t face further suspension, especially because Louisville already gave themselves a postseason ban last season. However…

5.  The 2013 banner may still be in play

The names of the 17 players/recruits involved in the stripper parties and sex acts were redacted on the NOA, but Katina Powell has gone one record saying some of those players were on the 2013 NCAA Championship team. If true, the NCAA has found that they received impermissible benefits, meaning they could be found ineligible and the 2013 banner could be in jeopardy. It’s important to note here that receiving impermissible benefits does not always lead to ineligibility, but that’s up to the NCAA to decide when they hand down the penalties in a few months.

To give you a sense of how much of the report was redacted, here are the two pages detailing which players participated in the stripper parties and sex acts:

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To read the entire report for yourself, click here.

6.  The NCAA has no idea how to deal with stripper parties and sex acts

The fact that the NCAA is treating the stripper parties and sex acts as “impermissible benefits” akin to free tattoos or gifts from boosters is kind of insane, but hey, it’s the NCAA. They estimated the value of the stripper parties and sex acts at $5,400 (how they figured that out is a story all to itself).

For perspective, Ohio State had to vacate their 1999 Final four because Jim O’Brian gave a recruit $6,000 for living expenses. What will happen here?

7.  The NCAA confirmed this actually happened

Sure, Louisville escaped the dreaded “lack of institutional control” charge, but the main takeaway I have from the Notice of Allegations is that the NCAA confirmed the sex scandal actually happened, meaning that all of those UofL fans who have had their heads in the sand the past year now have to face reality. Through its investigation, the NCAA confirmed that a former UofL coach — who was on the university’s payroll — paid strippers to perform — in the basketball dorm! — fourteen times and engage in sex acts with players and recruits eleven times. That happened. Regardless of what punishments they face, that’s a tough pill to swallow.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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95 Comments for 7 Takeaways from UofL’s Notice of Allegations



  1. tbbucs86
    11:28 am October 20, 2016 Permalink

    I thought only Pitino received the notice of allegations, not the school



  2. ClutchCargo
    11:31 am October 20, 2016 Permalink

    So I guess McGee just paid for all of this stuff with Monopoly money. I still don’t see how the obvious question of where those thousands of dollars came from was addressed. It’s not like he had a very high-paying job at the time. Gotta be more to the story, but the NCAA apparently doesn’t want to go there.



    • Big Blue Shawn
      11:34 am October 20, 2016 Permalink

      The NCAA determined it was $5400 over 4 years. Comes to about $112 a month. McGee could have worked at Big Lots and come up with that amount of money.



    • ClutchCargo
      11:46 am October 20, 2016 Permalink

      If you accept that it was only $5,400 then that is true. The phrase “at least” was used, so who knows.



    • ukjaybrat
      11:47 am October 20, 2016 Permalink

      Yeah, there was a lot more money involved, but that’s all they could prove. Since they couldn’t Prove a higher dollar amount it wasn’t worth following that lead, i guess



    • The REAL Billy Hill
      11:57 am October 20, 2016 Permalink

      Big Blue Shawn to UL’s rescue!!!



    • The REAL Billy Hill
      12:22 pm October 20, 2016 Permalink

      SO, wait, UL had a stripper party EVERY MONTH FOR FOUR YEARS?!? ($5400/48 = $112) How did Pitino not know about this then?

      Well, lack of institutional control. Take the banner down. 😂



    • j4stone
      6:27 pm October 20, 2016 Permalink

      I’m with Billy. Rick Pitino said him self that a chair doesn’t break in Minardi Hall without him knowing about it. How does he not know about strippers boinking the recruits?



  3. GTx2
    11:32 am October 20, 2016 Permalink

    Ineligible players played, period. Take the banner down.



  4. secrick
    11:32 am October 20, 2016 Permalink

    It’s not a tough pill to swallow for the card fans because they want to win no matter how they have to do it. If not Rick and Jurich would be gone.



  5. Catsby80
    11:35 am October 20, 2016 Permalink

    You all say the banner is still in play… I’ll believe it when I see it. My guess is that Pitino gets a 9 game suspension like Boeheim did and that’ll be the end of all of this.

    I’ve learned to never expect the NCAA to do what it “should” do.



    • ukjaybrat
      11:48 am October 20, 2016 Permalink

      ditto



    • EdC
      1:39 pm October 20, 2016 Permalink

      Agreed. Syracuse magically had institutional issues every year other than the championship year and somehow UL’s improper benefits will be explained away or ignored when it comes to any penalty they actually care about.



    • EdC
      1:39 pm October 20, 2016 Permalink

      Same with UNC’s academic cheating.



  6. ClutchCargo
    11:40 am October 20, 2016 Permalink

    “They estimated the value of the stripper parties and sex acts at $5,400 (how they figured that out is a story all to itself).”

    Well, duh! It’s based on the average cost per person that the NCAA pays for its own stripper parties, multiplied by the number of U of L players and recruits who participated. 🙂



  7. secrick
    11:58 am October 20, 2016 Permalink

    One good thing they still got 6 months to sweat it out and we got 6 months to keep bringing it up to them.



  8. kentuckybobby
    11:58 am October 20, 2016 Permalink

    people acting like all schools/programs dont do this…lolol just like briscoes audi right?



    • The REAL Billy Hill
      12:07 pm October 20, 2016 Permalink

      LMAO.

      And here’s your “Typical Delusional Tard Fan of the Day”



    • J-Dub421
      12:08 pm October 20, 2016 Permalink

      Lol, yeah. I’m sure that 1986 Audi was sooooo expensive.



    • secrick
      12:09 pm October 20, 2016 Permalink

      Keep dreaming bobby and keep cheering for the most cheating program in college sports.



    • ukjaybrat
      12:19 pm October 20, 2016 Permalink

      no… stop perpetuating that lie… yes all schools flaunt cute/hot chicks during visits. but they don’t pay for prostitutes to f- your brains out on recruiting visits. get your head out of your ass



    • J-Dub421
      12:31 pm October 20, 2016 Permalink

      Seriously, I found that in an interview with Briscoe. He has a 1986 Audi, which means his car is a decade older than he himself is.



    • CATandMONKEY
      1:24 pm October 20, 2016 Permalink

      Because Briscoe is driving around a 2017 R8? Hardly. The stupidity is strong in this one, hmm?



    • The REAL Billy Hill
      1:50 pm October 20, 2016 Permalink

      No no, C&M, you don’t understand…. he has season tickets…. 😉



    • CATandMONKEY
      2:19 pm October 20, 2016 Permalink

      Those must be season tickets to the free circus- the ones you can grab at the register at Speedway or Thornton’s.



  9. WatchutalkinboutWillis
    11:59 am October 20, 2016 Permalink

    It is absolutely insane that Louisville and UNC are going relatively unphased for their scandals.



  10. UKBlueGreen
    12:18 pm October 20, 2016 Permalink

    I don’t even care about anyone’s penalties anymore, hookers, etc. God only knows what we’re doing.
    At Big Blue Madness, a kid walked in wearing a Gucci blazer. That kid didn’t pay for it, and neither did anyone in his family.
    SMDH.



    • WalkemJohnny
      12:21 pm October 20, 2016 Permalink

      Was it real? I had a Rolex in college. I paid $25 at a truck stop.



    • ukjaybrat
      12:26 pm October 20, 2016 Permalink

      “That kid didn’t pay for it, and neither did anyone in his family.”

      How do you know? Just because a kid plays basketball doesn’t mean his family is living off food stamps and therefore cannot afford a Gucci blazer. Maybe his family has money. Even if they are hard off, maybe it was a birthday gift. you can’t assume crap like that just because it’s an easy conclusion to jump to. That’s how bad rumors start.



    • The REAL Billy Hill
      12:29 pm October 20, 2016 Permalink

      I bet your head exploded when you saw the Harrison twins in their Dodge Chargers.

      (Their father owns a car dealership outside of Houston)



    • J-Dub421
      12:30 pm October 20, 2016 Permalink

      Or maybe he got it second hand from a consignment shop or ebay. You have no earthly idea what a recruit or his family did or did not pay for.



    • secrick
      12:42 pm October 20, 2016 Permalink

      How dumb is that statement. Sorry i know you can say what you think but think about that.



    • CATandMONKEY
      1:16 pm October 20, 2016 Permalink

      Copied and pasted from himself on another story two days ago. F’ing brilliant. It is still ignorant two days later.
      Please regale us with the insinuation that because Gabriel went to a $56,000 per year private school that we are dirty. Because, ya know, no schools give out scholarships to elite athletes with means not comparable to UKBG.



    • UKBlueGreen
      4:42 pm October 20, 2016 Permalink

      CATandMonkey

      I didn’t copy and paste this someone else did.



    • UKBlueGreen
      5:03 pm October 20, 2016 Permalink

      But I did say that on another post, yes. Just to clarify.



    • UKBlueGreen
      5:11 pm October 20, 2016 Permalink

      MODS, where are you? Someone is posting in my name. Let me know how you want to take care of it.



    • UKBlueGreen
      5:15 pm October 20, 2016 Permalink

      Should I just stop posting here?



    • UKBlueGreen
      5:23 pm October 20, 2016 Permalink

      MODS, the poster above me is using my name. Please fix this.



    • UKBlueGreen
      5:34 pm October 20, 2016 Permalink

      MODS, I didn’t post this. Do I need to get an attorney?

      UKBlueGreen October 20, 2016 at 5:23 pm | Permalink

      Like It (0)

      MODS, the poster above me is using my name. Please fix this.



  11. Mr. Smartypants
    12:58 pm October 20, 2016 Permalink

    Actually the math is pretty simple on this one. 14 stripper shows + 11 sex acts + 2 declined acts = 27 total incidents. The total value was estimated at least $5,400. That’s $200 per incident. That just means they checked backpage.louisville.com and only selected middle-to-upper range “entertainers”. No “Car Visits” or “Quick Visits” were used in the calculations of their formulas.



  12. 502CodeRed
    1:43 pm October 20, 2016 Permalink

    I’m pretty sure the $5400 was from Powell’s records. Do you really think UofL would have kept their own ledger? Stupid crying rednecks. smh



    • The REAL Billy Hill
      1:49 pm October 20, 2016 Permalink

      We aren’t crying. We’re laughing. At you. And your sleazy program.



    • CATandMONKEY
      2:17 pm October 20, 2016 Permalink

      This is and has been a national story. When this first broke it was the lead story on Sportscenter. The entire country is laughing.



    • 502CodeRed
      3:18 pm October 20, 2016 Permalink

      The entire country is laughing? Oh darn, I probably wont be able to sleep tonight. Unless of course Billy Hill’s mom comes over and rides my nuts. She’s a dirty girl.



    • J-Dub421
      3:26 pm October 20, 2016 Permalink

      It always comes back to sex with Louisville.



    • The REAL Billy Hill
      3:29 pm October 20, 2016 Permalink

      Oh dude, SICK BURN!!!



  13. 502CodeRed
    3:52 pm October 20, 2016 Permalink

    Nice comeback. The REAL Retard has spoken. Later, kid.



  14. eRUPPtion
    4:20 pm October 20, 2016 Permalink

    i think i’m just as confused as anyone here. how’s the university’s team not in trouble? the team was having hookers for recruits & active players on the team for 4 years….



  15. UKBlueGreen
    4:44 pm October 20, 2016 Permalink

    From Hill Billy

    ‘I bet your head exploded when you saw the Harrison twins in their Dodge Chargers.’

    ‘(Their father owns a car dealership outside of Houston)’

    No he doesn’t. He sold that in 2015. He currently owns a barbershop.



    • UKBlueGreen
      5:04 pm October 20, 2016 Permalink

      He did own a dealership in 2014 though. When the Harrison’s arrived.



    • UKBlueGreen
      5:15 pm October 20, 2016 Permalink

      MODS, where are you? Someone is posting in my name. Let me know how you are going to stop this.



    • UKBlueGreen
      5:22 pm October 20, 2016 Permalink

      MODS, someone is using my name.



  16. UKBlueGreen
    4:52 pm October 20, 2016 Permalink

    I met Mr. Harrison a few years ago at SEC Tourney. We would talk anytime we ran into each other.
    Sometimes at Rupp, sometimes at SEC and NCAA Tourneys.



    • UKBlueGreen
      5:05 pm October 20, 2016 Permalink

      Which is weird, because he didn’t really like to talk to anyone. He usually just let me talk as we walked. He’s a pretty fast walker.



    • UKBlueGreen
      5:16 pm October 20, 2016 Permalink

      MODS, please. Someone is posting in my name. How do we take care of this?



    • UKBlueGreen
      5:16 pm October 20, 2016 Permalink

      MODS, where are you? Someone is posting in my name. Let me know how you are going to stop this.



    • UKBlueGreen
      5:22 pm October 20, 2016 Permalink

      Please make them stop.



  17. UKBlueGreen
    5:28 pm October 20, 2016 Permalink

    MODS, I didn’t post this. Do I need to get an attorney?

    UKBlueGreen October 20, 2016 at 5:22 pm | Permalink

    Like It (0)

    Please make them stop.



    • UKBlueGreen
      5:32 pm October 20, 2016 Permalink

      I didn’t post this either. MODS, what do we need to do to correct this?



  18. UKBlueGreen
    5:36 pm October 20, 2016 Permalink

    Hill Billy. A guy on here told me who he thinks you are. Said you are in your 30’s, live outside your means because you are a wanna be.



    • UKBlueGreen
      5:38 pm October 20, 2016 Permalink

      You’re also a male who is white. That’s what I hear.



    • UKBlueGreen
      5:42 pm October 20, 2016 Permalink

      We were able to obtain your IP address and found your house. You live in Davenport Iowa.



    • UKBlueGreen
      5:43 pm October 20, 2016 Permalink

      Or in Murfreesboro TN.



  19. UKBlueGreen
    5:36 pm October 20, 2016 Permalink

    I don’t even care about anyone’s penalties anymore, hookers, etc. God only knows what we’re doing.
    At Big Blue Madness, a kid walked in wearing a Gucci blazer. That kid didn’t pay for it and neither did anyone in his family.
    SMDH.



    • UKBlueGreen
      5:46 pm October 20, 2016 Permalink

      MODS, I did not copy and paste this. Some is stealing my name and I know who it is. It’s Bill Hilly.



  20. UKBlueGreen
    5:38 pm October 20, 2016 Permalink

    He told me you are an attention seeker in public. You’re a loud drunk.



  21. UKBlueGreen
    5:39 pm October 20, 2016 Permalink

    Your wife is very average looking and carries knock off designer purses.



  22. UKBlueGreen
    5:41 pm October 20, 2016 Permalink

    Please please please make them stop, or I’m going to sue and my friend is a lawyer.



  23. UKBlueGreen
    5:43 pm October 20, 2016 Permalink

    Hill Billy, I like it. I know who you are!



  24. UKBlueGreen
    5:44 pm October 20, 2016 Permalink

    I’m just saying that even though I have no clue who this is.



  25. UKBlueGreen
    5:45 pm October 20, 2016 Permalink

    I am going to sue you. You have posted under my name and defamed my name and my boyfriends name.



  26. UKBlueGreen
    5:49 pm October 20, 2016 Permalink

    You don’t have a name Hill Billy. You are a wanna be.
    I like it, I know who you are!



  27. UKBlueGreen
    5:52 pm October 20, 2016 Permalink

    At least I hope it’s you anyway. I could be wrong.



  28. UKBlueGreen
    5:54 pm October 20, 2016 Permalink

    But if you want to exchange names to find out, Billy Hilly my name is James Morgan. I live in Louisville.



    • UKBlueGreen
      6:07 pm October 20, 2016 Permalink

      MODS, I did not post this. Another poster has taken my name. What will you do to fix this?



  29. UKBlueGreen
    5:55 pm October 20, 2016 Permalink

    You will be hearing from my attorney.



  30. The REAL Billy Hill
    7:51 pm October 20, 2016 Permalink

    HO-LY SHIT. What the actual f*ck is going on with this psycho?!? This dude has serious mental issues. I’ve been at a family event this evening, and then come on here to find all of this shit?!? LMAO

    Look, loser, I don’t need to make accounts and copy your name to call you out. I don’t have to have multiple accounts to call you a dumbass. This one works just fine. Now, do us ALL a favor, and get the hell out of here. You’ve been exposed for some time. Lunatic.

    Good luck finding an attorney. 😂😂😂

    “But I have season tickets”….



  31. UKBlueGreen
    10:04 pm October 20, 2016 Permalink

    Hill Billy’s IP address

    http://166.137.102.33



  32. UKBlueGreen
    10:06 pm October 20, 2016 Permalink

    I know who you are Hill Billy.



  33. UKBlueGreen
    10:08 pm October 20, 2016 Permalink

    The International Man of Mystery with the BIG BUCKS has his very AVERAGE looking wife carrying fake designer purses.



  34. UKBlueGreen
    10:09 pm October 20, 2016 Permalink

    Hill Billy has a homely wife.



  35. UKBlueGreen
    10:11 pm October 20, 2016 Permalink

    Hill Billy, you couldn’t score a hot wife!



  36. UKBlueGreen
    10:32 pm October 20, 2016 Permalink

    You aren’t married?

    The REAL Billy Hill October 20, 2016 at 10:46 am | Permalink

    Psycho? Head case? Lmao. Wow. You are absolutely falling apart.

    I have a wonderful, close knit family. An AWESOME, creative, professional wife. Close childhood friends. We take vacations out of the country. We travel. We hike. We donate to charities, especially during the holidays. I have a great job that allows me to see the entire country and Germany from time to time. All that you said could not be further from the truth. I have a happy, wonderful life and I wouldn’t change one aspect of it.

    I just treat UK like it’s my children, and when I see some dolt, such as yourself, spew some nonsense, hate on, or blatantly lie about, I take offense to it.

    So, that being said, and regarding your recent comments and how much it has obviously affected you, I think it might be you who is the psycho head case.

    Now please, any more info on the status of the Gucci blazer, since you know he or his family didn’t pay for it?



    • UKBlueGreen
      10:46 pm October 20, 2016 Permalink

      I am a UK fan and graduate, and yes I have season tickets. How about you? I’m not a child. I don’t make up thing to post, you just admitted that you do.

      The REAL Billy Hill October 20, 2016 at 10:43 pm | Permalink nLike It (0)

      It’s the Internet. You can make up shit.

      Just like you pretend to be a UK fan with season tickets



  37. UKBlueGreen
    10:32 pm October 20, 2016 Permalink

    What family event did you just get home from?



  38. UKBlueGreen
    10:33 pm October 20, 2016 Permalink

    You are the psycho. Where are all of your buddies to back you up?



  39. UKBlueGreen
    10:37 pm October 20, 2016 Permalink

    Hill Billy, here is your IP

    http://166.137.102.33



  40. UKBlueGreen
    10:51 pm October 20, 2016 Permalink

    I’m sure Mr. BIG BUCKS like you sits with the team, right?



  41. UKBlueGreen
    11:18 pm October 20, 2016 Permalink

    Hill Billy,call me whatever you want, it doesn’t bother me.



  42. UKBlueGreen
    11:19 pm October 20, 2016 Permalink

    Post all you want.



  43. UKBlueGreen
    11:20 pm October 20, 2016 Permalink

    The REAL Billy Hill October 20, 2016 at 10:52 pm | Permalink Like It (0)

    ‘I make enough money.’



  44. UKBlueGreen
    11:22 pm October 20, 2016 Permalink

    The REAL Billy Hill October 20, 2016 at 10:21 pm | Permalink | Reply Like It (0)

    ‘I could get your IP, and trust me, I know what to do with it. Don’t threaten me, weakling.’

    Make sure you put my IP address. Every. Time.



  45. UKBlueGreen
    11:49 pm October 20, 2016 Permalink

    The REAL Billy Hill
    October 20, 2016 at 11:45 pm | Permalink

    Not a single person cares who you are.

    You live a meaningless, worthless life.

    You need to find the Lord, Hill Billy. Good luck.