Last week, the University of Louisville responded to the NCAA’s Notice of Allegations for its role in the college basketball bribery scandal (not the strippers one), and today, they posted all 75 pages online.
Football is finally here, so we’re not going to waste your time breaking it down denial by denial, but it is worth mentioning that UofL, which fired Rick Pitino back when the scandal broke in 2017, actually defends the former coach against the allegation that he failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance. Their reasoning? After “the University’s prior infractions case in 2017” (you know, the strippers one), Pitino dedicated himself to knowing every single thing that goes on with his program, so much so that it’s implausible that he did not for the six-day period the NCAA enforcement staff called into question.
What about that call between Pitino and Adidas executive Jim Gatto in which the two discussed Brian Bowen, specifically, what Gatto would do to help Louisville land him? Totally innocent, guys. Nothing to see here.
UofL also argues that Gatto and Merl Code, employees of Adidas, cannot be considered boosters or representatives of the university just because of Adidas’ deal with Louisville, therefore their actions cannot be held against the school. They even bring UK’s name into it, arguing that by the NCAA’s logic, anyone who works at Kroger could be considered a representative of the University of Kentucky because of the deal to name Commonwealth Stadium Kroger Field.
Next thing you know, Louisville fans will be accusing John Short of slipping recruits a candy bar in the cashier line.
To read the entire response, click here.