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Louisville at the heart of new NCAA corruption scandal (of course it is)

The University of Louisville is in trouble again. This time, it’s deep trouble with the FBI for alleged bribery of a high school basketball player.

Reading between the lines in the new report on the FBI’s arrest of NCAA coaches for corruption, it appears Louisville paid $100,000 for the commitment of Brian Bowen, the 19th-ranked prospect in the Class of 2017. The report says the player in question committed to the university, an Adidas school, in early June — and Bowen committed to Louisville on June 3.

Here’s the real juicy part: the funneling of money by the four defendants in the case “came at the request of at least once coach from the university.”

Rick Pitino, you devil you.


UPDATE

There are wire tape recordings in the indictment.

The coach told Adidas shoe rep they needed to be “super low key” because the program was already on probation.


UPDATE 2

Back in June, Pitino told Terry Meiners that Louisville got “lucky” with Bowden’s commitment and “spent zero dollars” on the recruitment.

“We got lucky on this one,” Pitino told Terry Meiners of News Radio 840. “I had an AAU director call me and ask me if I’d be interested in a player (Bowen). I saw him against another great player from Indiana. I said ‘Yeah, I’d be really interested.’ They had to come in unofficially, pay for their hotel, pay for their meals. We spent zero dollars recruiting a five-star athlete who I loved when I say him play. In my 40 years of coaching this is the luckiest I’ve been.” [Source]

The Rule of Rick Rhetoric still applies: take whatever he says and he means the exact opposite.


UPDATE 3 (TYLER): There’s a Player 11!

And an envelope of cash!

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

54 Comments for Louisville at the heart of new NCAA corruption scandal (of course it is)



  1. ukjaybrat
    10:18 am September 26, 2017 Permalink

    dumpster…. fire



    • BlueDeuce
      10:24 am September 26, 2017 Permalink

      They wish it was only a dumpster fire…



    • Sentient Third Eye
      11:05 am September 26, 2017 Permalink

      This would be closer to a dumpster dirty bomb…



    • J-Dub421
      11:46 am September 26, 2017 Permalink

      The dirty part is definitely right.



  2. jos_ros_
    10:23 am September 26, 2017 Permalink

    the gift that keeps on giving



    • highway119
      12:43 pm September 26, 2017 Permalink

      Sure beats the jelly of the month club!



  3. justafish2002
    10:24 am September 26, 2017 Permalink

    Death Penalty?



  4. Booby Petrino
    10:31 am September 26, 2017 Permalink

    hahahahahahahahahahaha



  5. ClutchCargo
    10:35 am September 26, 2017 Permalink

    Damn, little brother needs an intervention!



    • BlueDeuce
      12:34 pm September 26, 2017 Permalink

      Little Brother needs an enema to clean out that $hit hole!



  6. ClutchCargo
    10:36 am September 26, 2017 Permalink

    And what does it take for an AD to get canned these days?



  7. EdC
    10:37 am September 26, 2017 Permalink

    Sure looks like Player-10’s, actual jersey for University-6 is Player-20.

    What’s the defense? 100,000 is the payoff equivalent of inexpensive hookers?



  8. Jester
    10:37 am September 26, 2017 Permalink

    Munish Sood?

    Is that some sort of Indian or Pakistani delicacy?



  9. Jester
    10:40 am September 26, 2017 Permalink

    That damn Calipari, everywhere he goes a scandal follows!

    Oh wait………..



  10. J-Dub421
    10:41 am September 26, 2017 Permalink

    If you’re a lousy recruiter like Pitino, I guess you just have to resort to bribery at some point…



  11. WatchutalkinboutWillis
    10:43 am September 26, 2017 Permalink

    This really gives me a sick feeling about the 90s teams I loved so much at UK.



    • BobKYCats
      10:54 am September 26, 2017 Permalink

      Don’t worry; Converse didn’t have that kind of money.



  12. PillsburyThrowboy
    10:45 am September 26, 2017 Permalink

    I just don’t understand how Pitino, Petrino or Jurich have jobs at this point.

    And it wouldn’t surprise me if they had jobs after this.



    • BobKYCats
      10:55 am September 26, 2017 Permalink

      I’m 100% sure that Jurich and Pitino are the REAL victims here.



  13. ClutchCargo
    10:48 am September 26, 2017 Permalink

    Nothing like a fresh UofLOL scandal to wash away the bitterness of that football loss! I literally feel about 63.8% better now.



  14. BlueGrass
    10:57 am September 26, 2017 Permalink

    Seriously, this is what we’re going to focus on the same week that Lisa Spoonauer died?!



  15. secrick
    10:59 am September 26, 2017 Permalink

    Can you believe how stupid they are, already on probation and still cheating.



  16. KTR2786
    11:03 am September 26, 2017 Permalink

    So as an athletic program you are either corrupt or completely incompetent; there is no getting away from it now.



  17. Sentient Third Eye
    11:06 am September 26, 2017 Permalink

    I’m thinking this undermines the whole “we feel contrition” part of their defense before the NCAA?



    • J-Dub421
      11:48 am September 26, 2017 Permalink

      STE, they do feel contrition…. about getting caught.



  18. JTHinton
    11:09 am September 26, 2017 Permalink

    Nothing makes me get over a UF loss than a UL scandal



  19. IAmTheDanger
    11:10 am September 26, 2017 Permalink

    Hey U of L, could you please move your university (what’s left of it) out of our state….you continue to embarrass us



  20. crystal_blue_persuasion
    11:13 am September 26, 2017 Permalink

    Didn’t Adidas pay the $100,000 in return for the player promising to sign with them once they went to the NBA?



  21. CatFromVille
    11:16 am September 26, 2017 Permalink

    Rick was correct, it is pretty lucky that he just so happened to have not spent 100k on strippers this year so he had it available. When one door closes…



  22. Booby Petrino
    11:34 am September 26, 2017 Permalink

    Card Chronicle is freaking hilarious right now. If you have spare time, read the comments 🙂 glorious!



    • ClutchCargo
      1:08 pm September 26, 2017 Permalink

      Thanks for the heads up! Hahahahahahah! 🙂



  23. Booby Petrino
    11:35 am September 26, 2017 Permalink

    Where are Denny, Howdy Doody, CodeRed502, and all the other trolls? Don’t they want to chat it up with us as usual? hahahahaha



    • Eazy
      11:50 am September 26, 2017 Permalink

      Lol, they are so ignorant. UK owns them in basketball (34-16) and we are better in football now, too. UK finished 10th in overall athletics last year. Louisville has never even cracked the top 25. Not to mention UL is the laughingstock of college sports…Petrino, Pitino, Jurich. Pure trash.



  24. coachc90
    11:35 am September 26, 2017 Permalink

    Somewhere, Chris Mills is saying, “He got HOW MUCH?!”



  25. Booby Petrino
    11:42 am September 26, 2017 Permalink

    University-6: Should they be referred to as L100,000C6 now or L6C100,000?



    • RealCatsFan
      11:49 am September 26, 2017 Permalink

      That is friggin’ hilarious!



    • bhb71
      12:44 pm September 26, 2017 Permalink

      L100,000U6



  26. MiggityMike
    11:55 am September 26, 2017 Permalink

    Looks like Pitino and Jurich need the Escape Goat! I haven’t seen him in the comments here in a long time.



  27. JTHinton
    12:21 pm September 26, 2017 Permalink

    If Nike is involved in any way then UL will try to take us down too



  28. MadHatter
    12:22 pm September 26, 2017 Permalink

    Haha Louisville sucks



  29. Han
    12:47 pm September 26, 2017 Permalink

    This alone would merit the Death Penalty. On top of the other scandal they’re still denying/deflecting that will ultimately bring their banner down, well, this should turn their program into a smoking crater for a decade.



  30. Realme
    12:50 pm September 26, 2017 Permalink

    I cannot even pretend to focus on work right now.



    • Booby Petrino
      12:56 pm September 26, 2017 Permalink

      I’m with ya. I’m too busy arguing with a Louisville fan at work. He is sticking with “As of now, nothing has been proven about UofL. You will be eating crow.”



  31. rartis1986
    12:52 pm September 26, 2017 Permalink

    I know we are bashing on Loserville but did anyone else notice that one of Bruce Pearl’s assistants was part of this too.



  32. Han
    12:56 pm September 26, 2017 Permalink

    Wonder how many more names are gonna come out. They’ve outed 4 assistants but clearly there’s a coach at Louisville they’re going to get, too. They could be leaning on some guys to cooperate, for all we know, or they could have another round of arrests planned.



    • J-Dub421
      2:34 pm September 26, 2017 Permalink

      The assistant coaches were arrested for taking money themselves, the U of L assistants funneled money to recruits; they may not get arrested, but the NCAA will get them.



  33. BluKudzu
    12:57 pm September 26, 2017 Permalink

    Hookers and dirty money in bribes, lead by a coach with zero morals. Does this constitute lack of institutional control?
    Time to get your resume updated Jurich, join “Llinked In”, I am sure somebody will have an interest an ex AD that will need a “just cause”, case before the NCAA prior to hiring.
    If these charges are legit, wow.
    Wasn’t it Pitino, several years ago that blamed his poor recruiting on U of L’s affiliation with Addidas?



  34. Cat68
    1:03 pm September 26, 2017 Permalink

    Two athletic offices should be vacant by now



  35. wesmorgan1
    1:20 pm September 26, 2017 Permalink

    With all the talk about Bowen, don’t forget Player-11 – allegedly a 2019 grad-to-be being steered to UofL.

    I’m wondering if schools will start running background/credit checks on recruits/parents and requiring sworn financial disclosures before and during eligibility….how else can they guard against this stuff?



    • anrbob
      2:00 pm September 26, 2017 Permalink

      Player-11 could be David Johnson. Kid was quick on the trigger to commit



  36. NcCatFan75
    1:58 pm September 26, 2017 Permalink

    I jave heard the comment that the schools are victims, not complicit… But according to the LCJ article, “University 6 is described as a public research university in Kentucky with an enrollment of 22,640. The University of Louisville is Kentucky’s only school that matches that description.”

    So we know U#6 is UL….

    Then this from the AG: “University-6 was already on probation with the NCAA,” they would have to be careful is passing money to “Player-11,” and the assistant coach in attendance agreed, saying “we gotta be very low-key,” according to the indictment.”

    I have heard the argument that the schools are ‘victims’ and non-complicit… This seems to clearly suggest otherwise



  37. NcCatFan75
    1:59 pm September 26, 2017 Permalink

    Wes Morgan, great point.. and frankly they SHOULD. ONLY way to curb this



  38. BBaxterUK
    2:00 pm September 26, 2017 Permalink

    Haha



  39. eRUPPtion
    3:47 pm September 26, 2017 Permalink

    Louisville, the home of Scandals.
    Someone needs to clean house.

    Loserville is corrupt as hell.