Rick Pitino did not fail to monitor former assistant Andre McGee, as the NCAA alleged, if you are to believe the University of Louisville.
Louisville refuted the NCAA’s claims today in a 92-page response to the Notice of Allegations. (You can read that document here if you’re really, really, really bored.) In a separate document about half that length, Pitino and his lawyer, Scott Tompsett, made the same argument: “The enforcement staff has overreached in this case. Pitino should never have been charged,” it reads.
In the school’s lengthy response against any additional punishment on top of the school’s self-imposed penalties, UofL argues that the dollar amount exchanged between McGee and the women was more of a secondary violation than a major one (LOL); that McGee’s failure to cooperate shouldn’t fall on Louisville because he was gone at the time of the investigation; and that Pitino couldn’t have possibly known anything was going on. The school also disputed three of the 40 alleged incidents, but agreed with the other 37, and said the violations did not have a major impact on recruiting efforts.
For more Louisville LOL, check out the timeline of @JasonRileyWDRB, which includes gems like this:
UofL says its investigation concluded that "Pitino exceeded the University's expectations for monitoring the men's basketball program."
— Jason Riley (@JasonRileyWDRB) January 25, 2017