Rick Pitino sued the University of Louisville for $40 million and all he got was this lousy change to his personnel file
By Drew Franklin on ©September 18th, 2019 @ 9:23am
Rick Pitino has reached a settlement with the University of Louisville.
The former head coach of Louisville’s basketball team was seeking $40 million in a lawsuit against his former employer, but the two sides have agreed on a much smaller amount, to put the past behind them and move forward. Pitino will receive exactly zero of those 40 million dollars, per the new agreement. He will, however, have the records changed to say he resigned, not that he was fired for being so scandal-licious.
The statement from U of L:
“For 17 years, Coach Pitino ran a program that combined excellence on the court with a commitment to the program’s student athletes, their academic achievement, and their futures in and out of basketball. Nevertheless, there were NCAA infractions during his term which led to serious consequences for the University. Although these infractions may not have occurred at Coach Pitino’s direction or with his knowledge, the problems leading to the NCAA infractions happened under his leadership. We thank Coach Pitino for his years of service to the University of Louisville basketball program and wish him well. Coach Pitino and the University of Louisville have mutually agreed to dismiss their legal claims against each other, designate his departure as a resignation, and move forward.”
The official record will still reflect that he was 2-8 against John Calipari at Kentucky.
UPDATE: Pitino also released a statement.
“Today I move on to a new chapter in my life. Against my lawyer’s advice I’m dropping my lawsuit with ULAA. I am very proud of the many accomplishments my teams achieved at Louisville. I’m so thankful and honored to coach such dedicated athletes.
“I’m also disappointed in how it ended. But as head coach I am held responsible for the actions of all team members.
“I still have so much passion for the game and so many goals I want to achieve. From this day forward I start my climb”
By Drew Franklin on ©August 19th, 2019 @ 12:30pm
Louisville Athletics made the news again today, this time with allegations around its ousted men’s head tennis coach, Rex Ecarma.
According to the Courier-Journal, a three-month investigation determined Ecarma bullied and mistreated his players. He was fired on Friday after a 29-year run with the Cardinals.
The C-J’s story includes a couple examples of Ecarma’s behavior, including the time he reportedly said, “Whites are better than black people.” He is also accused of pressuring athletes to play through injuries, among other allegations.
After his firing, Ecarma said, “I’m deeply disappointed by the decision. I’ve been a Louisville Cardinal my entire entire adult life, as a ball boy, player, and for nearly 30 years as the Head Coach. My teams have been successful and my record, including my personnel file, has been spotless.”
He also said he wasn’t aware of any of the allegations against him.
If you know of anyone within UofL Athletics who does their job like a normal and decent human being, please contact us.
By Brent Wainscott on ©August 16th, 2019 @ 10:00pm
Former chairman of the U of L Board of Trustees David Grissom did not mince words when talking about Rick Pitino, James Ramsey, and former chief of staff Kathleen Smith in a just-released deposition from July 26th.
Grissom’s sworn testimony was taken as part of the 2018 financial fraud against Ramsey, Smith and other former administrators, in which U of L and its foundation are looking to get back around $80 million in alleged damages to the university’s endowment.
The University’s foundation paid Ramsey $7.2 million, and Smith $2.6 million, in deferred compensation under the plan from 2010 to 2016, according to a 2017 forensic investigation that was brought on by the university.
In the deposition, Grissom said he wasn’t one bit surprised that Ramsey and Smith were able to receive that much money in compensation. However, he noted that the former board members at Louisville didn’t have full knowledge of what was going on which allowed Ramsey and Smith to take advantage of their board members. In Grissom’s eyes, Ramsey and Smith were all about greed.
“Everything that President Ramsey and Kathleen Smith put in front of them, they never turned it down,” Grissom said.
U of L’s case against its former president and his associates relies on the excessive amount of spending from the university’s endowment, which the foundation manages. Among other claims, the university and foundation contend Ramsey and Smith were complicit in getting “excessive” compensation from the foundation.
Grissom even went as far as agreeing with a lawyer when the lawyer asked if Grissom viewed the board members in the Ramsey era “a bunch of bozos that didn’t know what they were doing.”
Grissom replied, “couldn’t have said it better.”
Grissom went on to say that Ramsey and Smith got away with robbery at the expense of the former board members.
“There was no hold up here; there was no bank robbery. But the fact is that, the behavior of Ramsey and Smith resulted in a loss of assets at the foundation level that would have the same effect as if somebody had walked into the foundation offices on a Friday afternoon with a .357 Magnum and said, ‘give me all your cash,’” Grissom said in the deposition.
Also in the deposition, Ramsey’s attorney, Ann Oldfather, asked Grissom about a May 24, 2016 letter signed by seven former foundation and university board members. The letter raved about the university’s increased graduation rate, fundraising and other accomplishments under Ramsey and defended their use of deferred compensation to keep Ramsey from leaving Louisville for a better job.
Grissom responded that by saying he refutes the statistics in the letter. “If they were produced by President Ramsey — and I’m sure they were produced under his supervision at the minimum — I have a deep distrust about the dependability of any of these numbers,” said the former chairman.
“If they were produced by President Ramsey — and I’m sure they were produced under his supervision at the minimum — I have a deep distrust about the dependability of any of these numbers,” Grissom said.
Then, to top it all off, Grissom threw shade at the foundation for not getting rid of Pitino after his Porchini’s incident in 2003, which became public in 2009.
“Let’s start with Coach Pitino fornicating on the table. In my world, that would have been reason to have him dismissed the next morning. That wasn’t done,” Grissom said, as an example of bad publicity that harmed fundraising.
Sheesh…tell us how you really feel, Dave.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©August 15th, 2019 @ 2:30pm
It’s been a rough day here at the KSR Compound, but here’s some news to make you smile: the NCAA has resumed its investigation into Louisville Basketball.
According to WDRB, NCAA associate director of enforcement Nate Leffler was in Louisville on Tuesday to interview a businessman about Brian Bowen, former UofL assistant Kenny Johnson, and Christian Dawkins, the would-be agent found guilty of funneling money from Adidas to recruits’ families in exchange for commitments to teams sponsored by the shoe brand. Bowen’s father testified that he was supposed to be paid $100,000 for his son’s commitment to Louisville, but only received $25,000. Johnson, fellow UofL assistant Jordan Fair, head coach Rick Pitino, and athletic director Tom Jurich were all fired following the federal investigation.
This is Louisville’s second NCAA investigation in recent years. In 2017, the NCAA made the Cardinals vacate all wins from December 2010 to April 2014 — including their 2013 National Championship — for paying prostitutes to dance for and have sex with players and recruits. Louisville is still serving its four-year probation.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©August 14th, 2019 @ 2:00pm
There are three certainties in life: death, taxes, and Rick Pitino finding a camera so he can deny wrongdoing in the Louisville stripper scandal.
For his latest turn in the spotlight, Pitino sat down with Lesley Visser to discuss his journey since being ousted by UofL in 2017. The full interview will air on August 23, but CBS Sports Network released this six-minute clip on Twitter last night.
Lesley Visser sat down with Rick Pitino for an exclusive interview. Watch a clip of the interview from tonight’s We Need To Talk. pic.twitter.com/RXb2aGjIIT
— CBS Sports Network (@CBSSportsNet) August 13, 2019
Some takeaways because it’s Wednesday afternoon and there’s not much else going on:
— Pitino says the reason he turned down Panathinaikos’ offer to return as head coach is his grandson’s health. The one-year-old boy has a rare form of epilepsy, so Pitino is using the next six months to do what he can to help. We joke a lot about Pitino on here, but that is seriously sad. Here’s hoping they’re able to get the resources and assistance they need.
— From there, Pitino tells the story surrounding his final days at Louisville, claiming that, in hindsight, he’s more upset that Tom Jurich got fired than he did (ha!). Once again, we get to hear that there’s no way he could have known about the strippers because his nephews lived next to Andre McGee and even they didn’t know.
“How the hell was I supposed to know that? Am I the leader? Yes. Do I have to take responsibility for anything that goes on? Yes.”
Wait for it…
“I can’t sit here though and say, I should have known because if I could have known, I would have stopped it within ten seconds and I don’t know what I would have done. It would have been very, very severe to the people that did this.”
— When Lesley asks about the Brian Bowen incident, specifically, how his staff could break the rules yet again without him knowing, Pitino doubles down.
“There’s nothing I could have done different because I mentored these guys and taught them the discipline and the rules the same way I did for 30-plus years.”
— Now that he’s back in the States (and Papa John Schnatter and David Grissom are off the Board of Trustees), will Pitino consider returning to Louisville?
“One hundred percent. I loved the University of Louisville. I loved the University of Kentucky. I loved the people of Kentucky. I’m not going to let five to seven, ten people spoil my feelings for a place I spent 17 years. The one thing you learn when you’re 66 is, man, put it behind you and get over yourself.”
The irony of Rick Pitino talking about moving on in yet another interview about the past is so, so rich.
By Drew Franklin on ©August 12th, 2019 @ 10:15pm
Louisville’s stripper scandal is the gift that keeps on giving.
In a new story from WDRB, we now know J. David Grissom, the former chairman of the board of trustees at UofL, said under oath that a university trustee provided the cash for the strippers. Grissom was told this piece of info from former UofL President James Ramsey, he said, although Ramsey did not divulge which trustee was picking up the tab for the stripper stuff.
“He (Ramsey) told me that one of his board members was the cash source for paying off the strippers in the stripper incident,” Grissom said, according to WDRB.
A MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES PAID FOR STRIPPER PARTIES???? WHAT A PLOT TWIST!!!! Oh, man. I didn’t see this one coming on a random Monday afternoon in August. All this time we’ve been wondering who was coughing up the money for Katina and the girls and it might just end up being a member of the board. Don’t ever change, Louisville.
For what it’s worth, Ramsey, through his lawyer, denied it and said Grissom’s statement is “ridiculous.”
By KSR on ©August 08th, 2019 @ 11:00am
It’s a HUGE episode of the Aaron Torres Sports, as Aaron is joined by Louisville head basketball coach Chris Mack! The two discuss his 2019-2020 Cardinals squad, his respect for John Calipari and a number of other big topics heading into the season. But first, Aaron hits on a number of different topics across college basketball.
The “Rich Paul Rule” Plus Other College Basketball Topics: Torres leads things off with the NCAA’s new rules on agents, which some are calling the “Rich Paul Rule” in honor of LeBron’s agent. Aaron says this has nothing to do with Rich Paul, and everything to do with protecting fringe NBA Draft picks. Also, Aaron discusses a devastating injury for Arizona basketball, USC signing the No. 1 high school player in America, and Auburn coming down on itself with crazy punishment.
Louisville head coach Chris Mack: Next, Aaron is joined by Louisville head coach Chris Mack. The two discuss his team, which many believe will be ranked in the Top 5 coming into the year. He discusses what he’s seen so far, what to expect from his big-time freshmen and can they live up to expectations? Plus, they discuss Louisville’s new court design, Mack’s insane summer workout, and his respect for John Calipari.
Get the podcast delivered directly to your phone by subscribing to the Aaron Torres Sports Podcast feed on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app. Streaming online is simple through Spotify. Don’t forget to follow the show on Instagram too.
By Drew Franklin on ©August 01st, 2019 @ 12:00pm
I will probably have a change of heart moments after clicking publish on this, but at least for now, I have one nice thing to say about Louisville’s basketball program. Take a screenshot because it will never happen again.
Ugh, here it is:
The new retro court is kind of cool. Not all the way cool, but for a program that sucks at everything, I will say this is cool on Louisville’s scale of cool.
Ok that’s enough.
Prosecutors want Katina Powell behind bars once again, this time for violating her probation in a theft and forgery case, prosecutors have told a judge.
According to WDRB, Powell has tested positive for using crack cocaine, failing to report to her probation officer, and getting kicked out of rehab:
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Katina Powell, whose sex parties for University of Louisville basketball players and recruits ultimately led to NCAA sanctions, should be sent to prison for violating her probation in a theft and forgery case, prosecutors have told a judge.
The Jefferson Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office filed a motion this week claiming Powell has tested positive for using crack cocaine, kicked out of a drug addiction treatment program, failed to report to her probation officer and has not made contact with officials since a friend said Powell was beaten and shot at.
In October 2018, Powell pleaded guilty to theft and forgery charges but avoided prison time and was sentenced to two years diversion on the condition she stay out of trouble, get drug treatment and pay restitution of $2,900.
Powell was arrested in May 2018 in connection with an incident the month prior in which she cashed three checks that had been stolen and forged.
The checks had been stolen from Thomas Tyre, a local dentist Powell has been in a relationship with.
According to court records, Powell admitted to her probation officer on June 14 that she had used cocaine. On July 10, Powell failed to show up to meet her probation officer, but a friend of Powell’s called and said she had dropped Powell off in Lexington “after a man allegedly beat her and shot at her.”
By Jack Pilgrim on ©July 18th, 2019 @ 8:00pm
Following an abysmal 2-10 season and the firing of Bobby Petrino last year, the Louisville football program has decided to clean the slate and start from scratch moving forward.
Their first step in moving in their desired direction? Hiring former Appalachian State head coach Scott Satterfield.
During ACC Media Days in Charlotte, NC this week, Satterfield turned heads with his brutal honesty about the current state of the Louisville football program. Instead of talking about how much talent he has to work with and how he can unlock some of the potential he has lining the roster, he flat-out said he was disappointed upon arrival.
“We had eight scholarship linemen [when I first showed up],” Satterfield said, via Eric Crawford of WDRB. “That blows my mind. They had 15 receivers on scholarship. Those should be reversed, I think. That was surprising to me.”
In fact, the newest Louisville head coach said that the players at UofL and Appalachian State were currently interchangeable, with Satterfield saying some of the Mountaineers would likely start over the Cardinals at their respective positions.
“That wasn’t the case [that the talent is an upgrade from Appalachian State],” he said. “Some of the talent at App probably would start in front of these guys. And then the other way around with some. I just anticipated these guys would be a lot better, and it wasn’t the case.”
Now, to his credit, Appalachian State finished with a record of 11-2 in 2018 en route to a victory in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl. One of their two losses? A 38-45 overtime defeat against No. 9 Penn State in University Park, PA to open the year. The Mountaineers are no slouch.
On the flip side, they are a Sun Belt school and haven’t signed a four-star recruit in the history of their football program. In 2019, they signed the No. 100 recruiting class in the nation (247Sports), followed by No. 113 in 2018 and No. 107 in 2017.
No matter how good Appalachian State has been recently, the talent differential should have been noticeable and rather significant.
To put the icing on the cake, Satterfield added that his mind was “blown” when he found out that Louisville’s players had never been in the coaches’ new offices, let alone their homes for team bonding activities outside of the football field.
“That blows my mind,” Satterfield said. “So the fact that we’re having them over to our houses, and they’re hanging out in our offices, that means a lot to them and to us. We’re with these guys every day, for a long period of time, and we want them to be able to trust us, and we want to be able to trust them. And you do that by having relationships. That’s what it’s all about.”
Louisville wide receiver Seth Dawkins confirmed the head-scratching development at ACC Media Days, saying he never visited a coach’s home under Bobby Petrino.
“In the four years that I’ve been here, I had never been to a coach’s house before,” Dawkins said. “Coach Satt invited us a few times within the first couple of months after he was hired. He opened his home to us, his family to us, and that meant a lot. He may not realize that, but it means a lot, especially to us older players. We just realized that we never had that sort of compassion before from a coach.”
One day after one of Louisville’s new assistant football coaches got arrested, we learn a head coach within UofL athletics may be in some hot water too.
According to WDRB in Louisville, the head coach of the men’s tennis team has been placed on paid administrative leave. The coach, Rex Ecarma, has been at Louisville for 30 years and now his bosses are looking into his program after issues raised by some of his players.
A spokesperson for UofL told WDRB it is “due process” to conduct a review when concerns are raised, but would any of you be surprised if this turns out to be something spicy? Of course not. It is Louisville we’re talking about here. Nothing will surprise us at this point.
IS ANYONE OVER THERE NORMAL
By Bryan the Intern on ©June 27th, 2019 @ 10:00am
B. Stille of Nappy Roots and some others are now releasing a new song called “Still Got It” and the group performed their new hit on Great Day Live in Louisville this week. In the video below you also see a cameo by Chane Behanan, which is actually fitting. The only thing missing is one of the Morgan attorneys. Nonetheless, enjoy this new song sweeping Preston Highway.
By Nick Roush on ©June 27th, 2019 @ 9:50am
A member of Scott Satterfield’s staff has been arrested.
Louisville quality control coach Cortney Braswell was arrested in Louisville and returned to his former home of Chattanooga Wednesday.
Braswell has been charged with theft of property. WDEF reports the charge stems from his time as a head football coach at Chattanooga Central High School. Last season he served as the head coach at Ridgeland before he was hired to join Satterfield’s staff this spring.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©June 22nd, 2019 @ 2:00pm
Louisville baseball’s season has certainly been a stellar one, finishing the regular season with a 43-13 record before making a postseason run to the College World Series in Omaha.
After a gutty performance against Mississippi State to keep their season alive on Thursday evening, the Cards moved on to face the Vanderbilt Commodores in yet another win or go home game for the team.
In a back-and-forth effort for much of the evening, Louisville found themselves up 2-1 going into the top of the eighth inning. UofL starting pitcher Luke Smith then struck out his first batter, forced a ground out, and then struck out Vandy’s Julian Infante to end the inning.
After the impressive strikeout, Smith decided to flip the entire narrative of his dominant pitching performance by cussing out Infante on his way back to the dugout.
“F— you!” the Louisville pitcher yelled. “F— you!”
To no one’s surprise, ESPN caught the entire exchange on camera, airing the moment on live television.
Pretty sure I just became a fan of any team this guy ever faces ever again. pic.twitter.com/svNLFwT25a
— Randy Scott (@RandyScottESPN) June 22, 2019
In the top of the ninth, Smith forced a ground-out before walking the next batter and giving up an RBI double in the following at-bat to tie the game at two runs apiece.
From there, the potty-mouth Louisville pitcher was pulled from the game, with his replacement immediately giving up back-to-back hits and one run. 3-2, Commodores.
In the bottom of the ninth, the Cards could only get one runner on base, with Vandy forcing two strikeouts and a pop-up to end the game. Vanderbilt wins, while Louisville heads home with a big L.
WHAT A PLAY TO END THE GAME!!
— NCAA Baseball (@NCAACWS) June 22, 2019
After the game, Vanderbilt DH Philip Clarke told the Tennessean that Smith’s fine choice of words gave them the spark they needed to mount a comeback in the ninth inning.
“That was the big turning point in the game,” Clarke said. “Things like that definitely fire us up.”
Karma, ain’t it a beautiful thing?
By Zack Geoghegan on ©June 14th, 2019 @ 9:30pm
Josh Minkins Jr., a three-star safety at Ballard High School in Lousiville, has chosen to stay home and continue on the legacy of his father. Minkins’ father, Josh Sr., played at Louisville from 2000-03.
— Josh Minkins Jr (@joshminkins) June 14, 2019
A one-time Kentucky recruit, the 6-foot-3 Minkins recorded 15 tackles and three interceptions last season while also taking turns at wide receiver, where he caught 16 passes for 259 yards and four touchdowns.
A big reason for his commitment wasn’t just the Louisville connection, but the opportunity to play right away.
“Coach (Scott Satterfield) wants me to come in and play as a freshman,” Minkins Jr. said according to the Courier-Journal. “He doesn’t want me to come in there and sit around and be a freshman who gets passed up. I want to play early and put on for my city and represent.”
KSR went and watched Minkins Jr. play at Kentucky’s high school camps this past weekend where he had an up-and-down performance. It has been debated by the coaching staff whether or not they would have enough scholarships to offer Minkins with all the top-tier recruits the Wildcats are going after.
Minkins also considered Cincinnati, Miami (OH), Indiana, and Purdue before signing with the Cardinals.
No Yahtzee here, but it’s on to the next one.
When Kentucky beats Louisville in basketball next season, VJ King will not be there to see it. King decided he will pursue a professional career instead, announcing on Tuesday that he will forgo his senior season at University 6 to chase his NBA dreams.
Last season at Louisville, King, a former McDonald’s All-American, averaged 3.9 points and 3.0 rebounds per game as a junior, down from 5.5 points and 8.6 points per game in his freshman and sophomore seasons.
Once Louisville’s season ended at the hands of Richard Pitino in the first round of the tournament (LOL), King decided he would consider the NBA Draft and other programs for his final season of eligibility. Today we learned he is off to the NBA — or at least going to try.
Good luck to him.
And let this be a lesson, kids: if you’re a highly-rated basketball prospect who dreams of the NBA and was once compared to LeBron James early in your high school career, do not go to Louisville.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©May 23rd, 2019 @ 9:00pm
The NCAA wants you to know that the day of reckoning is almost here.
Kevin Lennon, the NCAA’s vice president of Division I Governance, said in a meeting on Wednesday that notices of allegations “will be coming” for the guilty parties involved in the recent college basketball scandal.
With the FBI’s investigation into the corruption of the sport now complete, it’s time for punishments to be handed down.
“You don’t get in the way of a federal investigation,” Lennon said during a meeting of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics. “Activity was going on during that span that was within our purview, but now that the court cases are done, now we’re in a position where you’re likely to see notices of allegations going to institutions that have violated NCAA rules, etc. I think you can anticipate notices of allegations will be coming.”
When asked of a specific timetable, Lennon was unable to give a firm answer, but did say it would come “in due time and I think fairly quickly.”
The NCAA has already launched investigations into programs such as Arizona, Kansas, Louisville, and North Carolina State following the trials in October, where they requested all documents each school submitted to the federal authorities during the trial.
We already know the serious alleged wrongdoings of Arizona, Louisville, LSU, Kansas, and North Carolina State. Schools such as Duke, North Carolina, Oregon, and UNLV, among plenty others, have also thrown their hats into the ring as other schools with various alleged involvements.
Nonetheless, we’re finally about to see just what the heck the NCAA will do about one of the biggest college sports scandals in history.
By Drew Franklin on ©May 07th, 2019 @ 8:00pm
We have a frontrunner for Yearbook Quote of the Year in Kentucky.
Vincent Lynch out of Butler High School in Louisville left his fellow students with a shot at Rick Pitino. Lynch’s yearbook quote read, “If there is one thing I learned in high school it’s that Pitino knew. #CatsBy90”.
With hair like that and a Rick Pitino dig as his parting message, Lynch should be named Butler High’s Most Likely To Succeed.
By Drew Franklin on ©May 01st, 2019 @ 1:15pm
Ricky Jones, a regular Hey Kentucky! personality and a friend of the KSR program, stood up for Rick Pitino and Tom Jurich in a column in the Courier-Journal today. Jones believes Pitino and Jurich were treated unfairly in the aftermath of the FBI’s college basketball investigation, calling it, “total BS,” in hindsight.
Here, have an excerpt:
Can we be real for a moment? Pitino and Jurich weren’t dismissed because they were shiftless ne’er-do-wells. They were professionally assassinated largely because of the ego trips of a small number of members of an illegally appointed university board of trustees shoved down the school’s throat by Kentucky Gov. Matthew Bevin, who then used an underperforming, mendacious interim president as their shill.
One of the ringleaders of this crew, bubbling over with integrity and having the “best interests” of the University of Louisville at heart, was Papa John Schnatter. Yes, one of the country’s best athletic directors who had, arguably, done more to move the school forward than any single individual in the last 20 years and a legendary basketball coach who had been a great teacher, mentor and lifelong advocate for his players were ousted because of the great decision making and insight of … PAPA JOHN! Let that one sink in for a minute. [Courier-Journal]
You will never catch me defending Pitino or Jurich, but I do agree with another one of Jones’ points: the NCAA painted Louisville as the slimiest and dirtiest of all athletic programs, but has ignored the wrongdoings at North Carolina, Arizona, LSU and others. On that note, even I can side with Louisville.
Read all of Jones’ strong thoughts on the matter here.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©April 24th, 2019 @ 3:08pm
Did Christian Dawkins just clear Rick Pitino’s name?
Today at the second college hoops trial in New York, an undercover video was played showing Christian Dawkins, the middleman for agents found guilty in the first college hoops trial, talking about the coaches he worked with. Dawkins compared Sean Miller, a coach whom he claimed to have direct contact with about paying players (specifically DeAndre Ayton), to Rick Pitino, who Dawkins claims had absolutely no knowledge of the dealings.
More Marty Blazer from the stand: "Sean Miller was taking care of everything for Deandre Ayton and his family."
— Matt Norlander (@MattNorlander) April 24, 2019
Dawkins, via wiretap, on Rick Pitino: "Rick Pitino may be the only person who doesn't know what's going on. Like, Rick has no clue what's going on at his school."
— Matt Norlander (@MattNorlander) April 24, 2019
Now, it’s important to note that Dawkins was simply on an FBI video here, not under oath, so he could be lying, but if not, it means what Pitino’s been saying since the scandal dropped is the actual truth. On the flip side, the fact that he didn’t know what was happening within his program both in this instance and Strippergate only underlines his negligence and naivety, which is still grounds for dismissal. Also, a screenshot of a text message from Dawkins lists Pitino among the many coaches he hoped to work with:
Targets Dawkins listed (and obviously never made contact with many): Sean Miller, Rick Pitino, Tom Izzo, Will Wade, Marvin Menzies, Kevin Keatts, Dennis Felton. Assistants: Book Richardson, Kenny Johnson, Jordan Fair, Mike Morrell, Greg Heir, Tony Bland, Preston Murphy …
— Matt Norlander (@MattNorlander) April 24, 2019
It’s currently 10 p.m. in Athens, Greece. If Pitino’s still awake, that’s plenty of time for him to respond. Stay tuned, Pitweetos!