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College hoops scandal middleman says Rick Pitino had “no clue” what was going on

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.

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:

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!

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33 Comments for College hoops scandal middleman says Rick Pitino had “no clue” what was going on



  1. ClutchCargo
    3:17 pm April 24, 2019 Permalink

    What a bombshell it would be if it turns out that Pitino told the truth about something.



    • J-Dub421
      3:25 pm April 24, 2019 Permalink

      Rick abdicated responsibility for a lot of things at U of L so that he could have plausible deniability. Or at least, that’s my take on it. If the program is already on probation, that means it’s time to tighten up your hold on things.



    • ClutchCargo
      4:29 pm April 24, 2019 Permalink

      I agree. It would just be strange to find out that the truth actually came out of his mouth, regardless of the circumstances.



    • CATandMONKEY
      10:30 pm April 24, 2019 Permalink

      Clutch , if that actually occurred it would still just be by random chance.



  2. oruacat2
    3:19 pm April 24, 2019 Permalink

    The NCAA found that Calipari had no idea about Derrick Rose’s activities – but penalized Memphis anyway because he should have known.



  3. Bluebloodtoo
    3:22 pm April 24, 2019 Permalink

    And so what? He’s supposed to know!



    • Bluebloodtoo
      3:39 pm April 24, 2019 Permalink

      Actually, most executives would tell you that not knowing what’s happening will get you fired faster than making a stupid mistake.



  4. 4everUKblue
    3:31 pm April 24, 2019 Permalink

    I think Rick has told the lie to the point he believes it, just like a sociopath.



  5. kykats
    4:04 pm April 24, 2019 Permalink

    Pitino cannot hide behind his lack of control and knowledge of what was happening within his program. That in itself is grounds for dismissal. He has tried to play the innocent bystander in all of these scandals but it was his responsibility to know the actions that took place and he deserves the punishment.



  6. sprtphan
    4:15 pm April 24, 2019 Permalink

    As Roseanne Rosanada once said: Never mind.



  7. tfordstyle
    4:21 pm April 24, 2019 Permalink

    Silliness. If this turns out to be true, lots of people owe Pitino an apology. There’s an enormous difference between being “naive” and being complicit.



    • ClutchCargo
      4:26 pm April 24, 2019 Permalink

      Why should anyone apologize to Pitino for him being asleep at the wheel? Especially right after they had gotten smacked for the previous scandal. If anything, he should have been back to the micromanaging Pitino that he used to be.



    • J-Dub421
      4:40 pm April 24, 2019 Permalink

      Pitino didn’t know because he didn’t want to know. Five star recruits don’t just fall into your lap like Brian Bowen did with Pitino, unless something shady happened. And Pitino chose not to look into it. He hadn’t talked to Bowen, wasn’t recruiting Bowen, and Bowen had never visited Louisville. That was a huge flaming red flag, and Rick ignored it.



    • oruacat2
      4:41 pm April 24, 2019 Permalink

      Nonsense.
      “Naive” is no excuse for losing control of the program – that’s the standard already set by the NCAA.



    • Cletis75
      8:58 pm April 24, 2019 Permalink

      No one owes Rick an apology. Willful ignorance is not being naive. Top 20 recruits that have been heavily recruited for years by other schools and has never been recruited by yours don’t just drop into your lap overnight without some shady stuff going down. The kid’s family was living in the Galt house for Pete’s sake! No one, especially a coach that has been around as long as Rick is that naive!



    • CATandMONKEY
      10:30 pm April 24, 2019 Permalink

      Hell to the NO



  8. secrick
    4:30 pm April 24, 2019 Permalink

    Why are they even having these trials , if Wade and Miller didn’t get fired then no one should. Forget about it, no one cares.



  9. StillBP
    5:08 pm April 24, 2019 Permalink

    Poor Rick, always getting blamed for stuff he didn’t have any knowledge of. Louisville should give him his n job back. Lol



  10. Headhurts
    5:10 pm April 24, 2019 Permalink

    How does he know what Rick knows, was he living in the pocket of Ricky p’s Armani suits? Andre Magee quote”Rick knows everything” .



    • IndianaSucks
      8:11 pm April 24, 2019 Permalink

      I get your point but those are two different instances. That’s like telling your girl that you’ve never cheated and then cheating and then still holding on to what you said previously. Two different time frames.



  11. chrislarkey
    5:46 pm April 24, 2019 Permalink

    Pitino is scum bag anyway

    So what coaches are supposed to actually be involved and on tape

    Pitino may win his law suite now



  12. bpisforuk
    5:54 pm April 24, 2019 Permalink

    Follow the money. Where did the assistants get the money ? Who made the introductions ? As Rick said, someone called him up and asked if he’d be interested in Bowen and within a few days the deal was done. Why would an assistant offer money when Bowen’s people were coming to them unless they knew UL was riding dirty.



  13. BackinBlue
    5:55 pm April 24, 2019 Permalink

    Plausible Deniability

    I’m sure these coaches have nooo idea ? of what is going on. It wasn’t me… it was the one armed
    That includes cal!
    But I don’t care. They should be paid! Period



    • BackinBlue
      5:56 pm April 24, 2019 Permalink

      One armed man



    • ClutchCargo
      12:59 am April 25, 2019 Permalink

      Whatever, Slater.



  14. RICKSVD
    6:04 pm April 24, 2019 Permalink

    Who cares about pitino? He’s no longer the enemy. Same for Jurich. Who cares about them? Mack, Tyra, mcdickhead, Walz, those sorry, cheating, whore loving shits are the enemy. Even if pitino didn’t know, UL still was on probation. Two year minimum post season ban. So happy for mack. Idiot should have known. He was a cheating lowlife at xavier, deserves what he gets.



    • StillBP
      7:30 pm April 24, 2019 Permalink

      I like the ‘who cares about Pitino’ comment said by Ricksvd 🙂



    • IndianaSucks
      8:13 pm April 24, 2019 Permalink

      So much anger in one paragraph. You seem like a happy individual.



    • Carcrook
      9:12 pm April 24, 2019 Permalink

      Mack cheated at Xavier?



  15. Go Deep
    6:37 pm April 24, 2019 Permalink

    As far as he knows, Pitino didn’t know. Some of the people around that program are probably laughing at this comment.



  16. Carcrook
    9:10 pm April 24, 2019 Permalink

    Good for him and good for CBB!



  17. Big Sexy
    11:08 am April 25, 2019 Permalink

    If you think about Pitino’s superiority, God complex, this kinda makes sense. Why would he bother himself with the peasants? Not saying it’s true, but I could see it.