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Louisville receives verbal notice of inquiry from NCAA

More trouble in paradise.

The University of Louisville has received a verbal notice of inquiry from the NCAA, which signifies the first step in the often-long process of the NCAA’s larger investigation. The verbal notice was sent to school officials in early March, a UofL spokesman confirmed to The Athletic

“We received verbal notice of inquiry from the NCAA on March 8,” Louisville spokesman John Karman said. “There are no other details I can provide at this time.”

In case you’ve lost track, this particular investigation deals with the recruitment of Brian Bowen, a former McDonald’s All-American who never played in a game for the Cardinals. Authorities say Bowen’s father, Brian Sr., was promised $100,000 for his son to attend the University of Louisville and sign a sponsorship deal with Adidas when he turned professional. There are also other allegations in the Bowen case, including an alleged delivery of $1,300 to Bowen by then-assistant coach Kenny Johnson and multiple allegations involving former sports agent Christian Dawkins.

Although the school’s head coach, Athletic Director and two involved assistant coaches have all been fired, the case is especially problematic for Louisville since they were already on probation from the earlier “strippers-in-the-dorm” controversy.

Dawkins is scheduled to stand trial later this month for his role in a separate part of the same corruption case. Other advisors and Adidas executives have already stood trial or are currently awaiting their day in court. Arizona and Kansas are also reportedly under investigation.

The NCAA has said it’s monitoring the ongoing trials and hoping to work with the FBI to obtain more evidence related to the case.

Think Rick Pitino got the news all the way in Greece?

[The Athletic]

Article written by Maggie Davis

I love sports, podcasts, long walks on the beach and Twitter (@MaggieDavisKSR)

38 Comments for Louisville receives verbal notice of inquiry from NCAA

    12:04 am April 11, 2019 Permalink

    F duh Ville!!!!!!!!

  2. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    1:02 am April 11, 2019 Permalink

    What was that about an apology “Pit”ino

    • catdaddyd
      11:20 am April 11, 2019 Permalink

      I don’t understand why this website keeps saying Pitino will be a great coaching candidate at all these different schools. This is still hanging over him and if he’s on audio or video talking about paying players he won’t coach in the NCAA ever again

  3. oruacat2
    2:45 am April 11, 2019 Permalink

    I hate Louisville, Pitino, Petrino, and their idiot fans as much as anyone, but them still catching hell while UNC skates really pisses me off and I hope they burn it all down.

    • Cletis75
      3:47 am April 11, 2019 Permalink

      My sentiments exactly. I hope the FBI finds the NCAA to be corrupt and pulls any and all tax breaks they receive. This unequal punishment and harassment against schools not named North Carolina and Duke is sickening to say the least. It is prejudiced and discriminatory in scope and practice. Let the NCAA get a taste of their own medicine, and let their roof catch fire. We don’t need no water let the [email protected]%$#/-r burn, burn NCAA, burn!

    • catsarerunnin
      6:45 am April 11, 2019 Permalink

      Add Kansas to UNC and Puke.

    • CatfaninCinci
      6:02 am April 11, 2019 Permalink

      Let this be a lesson… You do not cooperate with the NCAA… I repeat… YOU DO NOT COOPERATE WITH THE NCAA!

    • IrishCat
      7:46 am April 11, 2019 Permalink


    • nocode96
      9:53 am April 11, 2019 Permalink

      As dirty as I would feel doing it (from a moral standpoint), you’re absolutely right. If I was an AD, coach, school, whatever, I’d not cooperate at all with the ncaa. I wouldn’t even open their letters or answer their calls. I would act like they didn’t even exist. I hate Louisville so much (in terms of sports rivalry), but them getting raked across the coals while UNC got jack is maddening.

    • syrin23
      10:00 am April 11, 2019 Permalink

      You mean Duke cheats? We only had people saying Marvin Bagley were paid, Zion was paid, Magette was paid, etc.? What’s there to see?

    • notFromhere
      6:26 pm April 11, 2019 Permalink

      Every time UNC, Kansas, or Duke gets mentioned as doing something wrong, the rest of the NCAA members have to draw from a basket of stones to see who goes on probation

    • notFromhere
      6:26 pm April 11, 2019 Permalink

      UCLA just laughs

  4. RAGE
    5:56 am April 11, 2019 Permalink

    Lol I just wish they start making College basketball and football video games again!!!! I really miss those games lol… Plus the young kids are really missing out not knowing what it was like to lead a team to the Big Dance!!! C’mon 2K and EA looking at you guys!!!

    • CatfaninCinci
      6:28 am April 11, 2019 Permalink

      EA and 2K have no intention or interest to share the young men’s namesake or give them a share of profits from those games, they’re done. It would cut too much into their profits. That said… They were pretty sweet though.

    • Bigblueswami
      6:34 am April 11, 2019 Permalink

      Damn you Ed O’Bannon

    • bigbluenationmbb
      9:05 am April 11, 2019 Permalink

      The reason they stopped making the basketball games because of the sales.

  5. RevJab
    7:00 am April 11, 2019 Permalink

    No apology from the Southern District of NY attorneys yet?

  6. Jiminy Crickets
    8:24 am April 11, 2019 Permalink

    When you self ban, Fire your coach, fire your athletic director, and basically beg the NCAA for forgiveness…. what you have done is admitted guilt. UNC, as sad as it is, gave the NCAA the big middle finger, and they coward down.

    • KYCat4EVER
      8:48 am April 11, 2019 Permalink

      SPOT ON! JC

    • RealCatsFan
      9:30 am April 11, 2019 Permalink

      UNC actually admitted guilt initially. Then they lawyered up, and their attorneys advised them to no longer cooperate. UNC’s pockets were deep enough to fight as long as it took if necessary. Add to that the NCAA’s built-in bias in favor of UNCheat and Duke, and it is no big surprise that they skated.

  7. shelby
    8:47 am April 11, 2019 Permalink

    Let us not forget university of Louisville also paid for his family to stay in a very high-end hotel… Against the rules!!

  8. Sentient Third Eye
    8:51 am April 11, 2019 Permalink

    Im fairness, I hope the NCAA will give major importance to the fact that everyone involved, including the coach and even the athletic director, are gone. The Card program is in a fragile spot right now, and the NCAA just needs to give them time to stabilize and move forward. Basketball in the state of Kentucky needs a healthy Louisville to be our rival, because without a dangerous rival we will only grow complacent. Duke is made better by UNC. Kentucky is made better by Louisville.

    • Boigers
      9:01 am April 11, 2019 Permalink

      Louisville being good or bad has nothing to do with Kentucky’s success. We beat them by 30 2 years ago, is that why we lost in the Sweet 16?
      I do agree that, in fairness, they have done what was needed and shouldn’t punish future players and coaches for past ones’ mistakes.

    • StillBP
      9:11 am April 11, 2019 Permalink

      Not sure about that last part. Plenty of good teams on our schedule to not be complacent. Duke and UNC isn’t lopsided, each time wins about 50% of the time. Louisville can only beat UK about 3 times every 10 years, I think we’re at 70% winning over them. Also Duke and UNC are in the same conference and play more than 1 time a year so their games mean more…more NCAA tournament impact.

    • ClutchCargo
      9:21 am April 11, 2019 Permalink

      By the same token, UofL needs UK to be good. So they will have that going for them. F those guys, it’s time to face the consequences for all those years of arrogance and corruption.

    • bigblue98
      9:55 am April 11, 2019 Permalink

      Couldn’t give two s***s about Louisville catching a break. We don’t need them to be successful and neither does college basketball. They were already on probation and their assistant coach said to keep quiet since they were already on probation. They should get hammered to the fullest extent possible. I don’t remember Louisville fans talking about leniency for UK in the late 80’s. I hope they get absolutely hammered with couple years not playing in the tournament.

    • Megan
      10:36 am April 11, 2019 Permalink

      God needs the Devil. The Beatles needed the Rolling Stones. Even Diane Sawyer needed Katie Couric. Will you be my Katie Couric?

  9. runningunnin.454
    9:28 am April 11, 2019 Permalink

    The FBI disgraces and shames the NCAA; so…they go after UL; watch out, Ranger College.
    What about Arizona; they have the No.1 recruiting class for next year…business as usual.
    What about Kansas; they are currently competing with UK for a 5* recruit…business as usual.

    • runningunnin.454
      9:51 am April 11, 2019 Permalink

      Oh, I see in an earlier post, M. Hurt appears to be leaning toward Dook; more business as usual.

  10. Megan
    10:31 am April 11, 2019 Permalink

    Verbal means using words, either spoken or written. The author means written. A written notice of inquiry.

    • ClutchCargo
      11:40 am April 11, 2019 Permalink

      The author means verbal, because they keep quoting other sources that are saying verbal. Maybe someone called UofL and told them this is about to happen.

    • Luether
      9:15 pm April 11, 2019 Permalink

      What Cargo said…

  11. StuckinLville
    11:19 am April 11, 2019 Permalink

    Everyone associated with anything is long gone. They need to worry about the schools whose coaches are still in charge.

    • sprtphan
      12:48 pm April 11, 2019 Permalink

      Too late for that. Genie out of bottle. Shouldn’t take long either since FBI already did NCAA investigating for them. OH the humanity!

  12. yoshukai
    11:29 am April 11, 2019 Permalink

    The NCAA is so mad at Duke and zion that they are going to give Louisville 2 more years ! lol

  13. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    1:49 pm April 11, 2019 Permalink

    It’s called an anti-trust lawsuit but it’ll take a conference head with balls or a AD with bigger ones to put the target on there back by being the first to file. Once they did the dominoes would fall and everyone else would jump on board but the actual teams that are paying the NCAA investigation team.

    • wesmorgan1
      1:45 pm April 12, 2019 Permalink

      No, it will take the Power 5 conferences saying, “You know what? We’re going to go set up our own group with our own tournament.”

      Why do you think the NCAA gave the “autonomy group” (the Power 5 conferences) the power to start setting its own rules? Because they know that both FBS football AND March Madness wither and die without the Power5 programs…and, make no mistake, that’s where the NCAA gets ALL of its money.