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NCAA resumes investigation into Louisville Basketball

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.



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43 Comments for NCAA resumes investigation into Louisville Basketball

  1. TonyMontana
    2:36 pm August 15, 2019 Permalink

    Sorry its hard to keep track…. so, Louisville has yet to be punished for the Bowen affair?

    • ClutchCargo
      2:40 pm August 15, 2019 Permalink

      Just now being investigated. The NCAA should just rent some office space in Louisville.

    • mm40
      2:44 pm August 15, 2019 Permalink

      Correct, the punishment they have received so far only relates the strippers.

  2. StuckinLville
    2:38 pm August 15, 2019 Permalink

    I never thought I’d say this, but they just need to Louisville alone and focus on Arizona and Kansas. There is no one around the program anymore affiliated with this crap. It’s a shame they cant put that effort into Duke.

    • Ez21
      3:00 pm August 15, 2019 Permalink

      I agree with you they need to go after Az and KU but they shouldn’t leave UL alone. They knew the risk and that they’d just gotten in trouble so they should face the consequences. Hit em hard again!!

    • StuckinLville
      3:13 pm August 15, 2019 Permalink

      You say they but no one is around anymore. They’d be punishing people who had nothing to do with it, meanwhile, Miller and Self are still runnin dirty programs.

    • J-Dub421
      3:30 pm August 15, 2019 Permalink

      The NCAA should go after Arizona, and Kansas, and NC State, and LSU, and several other programs. However, Louisville shouldn’t get a free pass just because there are other corrupt programs getting busted. Louisville got busted cheating while they were already on probation for cheating.

    • ClutchCargo
      3:39 pm August 15, 2019 Permalink

      ^ This is the correct answer. The school/program is subject to any punishment handed down, not just the coaches. You don’t to get whacked, don’t hire coaches and administrators with questionable ethics.

    • Bluehender
      4:17 pm August 15, 2019 Permalink

      Don’t forget North Carolina

    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      6:14 pm August 15, 2019 Permalink

      They shouldn’t get left alone but at the same time they do seem to be putting alot of effort into Louisville just so they can claim they went after an ACC school while ignoring the state of NC. A state that has 3 major schools who have all committed major violations. LSU and Auburn are so to big schools but nothing will happen until they can investigate us or a school like Vandy. The Big and Pac 12 need one of the St teams to get accused before any investigation gets going there.

    • Ez21
      8:06 pm August 15, 2019 Permalink

      You can’t say they’re ignoring NC completely bc they got NC State. However I agree they do not want to mess with Duke.

    • runningunnin.454
      6:34 pm August 15, 2019 Permalink

      Hard to believe Miller and Will Wade still have their jobs…that’s on the universities. Tobacco Road has immunity, and operates with impunity. Everybody know UNCheat benefited from the original purpose of the fake classes, and everybody knows Zion’s family was paid. You also have to wonder about Barrett and Reddish. No one ever had signed the top three recruits.

      6:37 pm August 15, 2019 Permalink

      Retarded. Burn louisville. They are already on probation. Coaches are on tape saying keep this on the lowdown cause we are on probation. They need to be toast. Hate hearing people say shit like this. UL is guilty, in probation, they should get it more than anyone. Human trafficking, drugs and payments to parents.

    • 4everUKblue
      8:12 pm August 15, 2019 Permalink

      Thank you RG for covering the Zion, Barrett and Reddish pay offs. I’m sure Bagley was paid and most likely several others.

    • J-Dub421
      10:08 pm August 15, 2019 Permalink

      The second set of violations occurred because Louisville refused to clean house after the first scandal. They’re a repeat offender and should be punished as such.

  3. 270cat
    2:42 pm August 15, 2019 Permalink

    Most of their fans keep forgetting that they’re repeat offenders. Firing people doesn’t change that.

  4. Duff86
    3:16 pm August 15, 2019 Permalink

    Get the FBI a satalite office somewhere on campus as well.

  5. DerBaron
    3:21 pm August 15, 2019 Permalink

    When this all broke I was ready to see the hide peeled off UofL. But after the way the NCAA caved with UNC I can’t believe the they have the audacity to after anyone. What hypocrites.

    • spincr4hire
      3:46 pm August 15, 2019 Permalink


    • RAGE
      4:37 pm August 15, 2019 Permalink

      I agree 100%… I know this won’t be popular on this website but at this point I feel like Rick Pitino has gotten an extremely raw deal.. I mean yes he done wrong and should be punished if for nothing else for failing to monitor his program closely enough… That being said him not having a job and Sean Miller being allowed to continue coaching at Arizona after everything he has done is just a travesty.. I mean honestly if Self and Miller get to keep their job and I was Pitino I would sue the NCAA for defamation of my character cause they have less on ole Rick than they do the other two

    • ClutchCargo
      4:47 pm August 15, 2019 Permalink

      Pitino did enough to deserve getting fired, so he did not get a raw deal. Self’s and Miller’s employment status has nothing whatsoever to do with Pitino. If anything, they are even, since none of these coaches you mention have been investigated yet and punishment handed down by the NCAA for the pay-for-play allegations.

    • 4everUKblue
      8:09 pm August 15, 2019 Permalink

      What Clutch said.

  6. Mathlete
    4:48 pm August 15, 2019 Permalink

    There’s plenty of reason to hate on the NCAA, but the main reason for me right now is that they’re making me actually feel a little bad for Louisville. Not. Cool.

  7. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    5:16 pm August 15, 2019 Permalink

    Where’s UKandtheNCAAowns502 at? Maybe he’s trying to hook up with KP?

  8. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    5:21 pm August 15, 2019 Permalink

    I still don’t understand how the FB team hasn’t been hit. Hurtt was a known uber cheat and took guys who were from Miami, going to Miami and got them to go to a school that they wouldn’t give the time of day. After he had just got caught working with boosters to pay players, higher hookers, and set up drug parties. Maybe Hurtt gave the trustees the ideal on how to get the bball team good again.

  9. 4everUKblue
    6:01 pm August 15, 2019 Permalink

    CodeRed will be in here with his new handle after everyone goes to bed, so he can post and run.

  10. runningunnin.454
    6:36 pm August 15, 2019 Permalink

    Only thing is that it hurts an innocent coach, and innocent players; but, that’s always the way it is. Same thing happened to UK in the early ’50’s and the late ’80’s.

    • ukjaybrat
      8:30 am August 16, 2019 Permalink

      Mack took the job knowing full well the school was on probation AND being investigated for a second infraction. He took the job KNOWING that the school could very well end up with the death penalty at some point. That’s on him. He took a chance to move up into a better position. Sucks, but i won’t lose any sleep on it.

    • ukjaybrat
      8:30 am August 16, 2019 Permalink

      same for all the kids that were recruited and/or didn’t leave the program in the offseason

  11. CrystalBall
    6:44 pm August 15, 2019 Permalink

    Not a UNC or Roy fan. Never liked Dean Smith. But, check the NCAA rules books and you will discover why UNC was not punished. Simply, and technically,
    they didn’t violate any NCAA rules. There might have been Academic fraud, but the NCAA does not investigate Academic fraud. Not their job. Period.

    • runningunnin.454
      6:55 pm August 15, 2019 Permalink

      Then why did they investigate it for two years? I believe they said since the classes were available to non-athletes, it was not an impermissible benefit; but, we all know the fake classes served their original purpose.

    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      7:09 pm August 15, 2019 Permalink

      If it’s not the NCAA’s job then UNC needs to have their accreditation taken for a few years as punishment .

    • Cletis75
      8:44 pm August 15, 2019 Permalink

      Bullshit! If you are guiding players to fake classes to keep them eligible, that is fraud. If your athletic department commits fraud for 20 years, you should be punished.

    • J-Dub421
      10:12 pm August 15, 2019 Permalink

      Jordan Jones couldn’t play in the Citrus Bowl because he was academically ineligible. UNC kept many players eligible with fake grades in fake classes. How are those different?

    • Megan
      10:49 pm August 15, 2019 Permalink

      You’re talking about accreditation. The NCAA can’t question whether a class is too easy or shouldn’t be offered. But they can investigate whether the university defrauded the NCAA on the issue of academic eligibility — not whether the players were taking legitimate classes, but whether they received legitimate grades. You know, the same way they investigated whether Bledsoe properly received an A in Algebra III, a grade that just so happened to raise his GPA high enough to make him NCAA-eligible.

      When the players aren’t going to class or doing any work, when tutors write their papers (as 2005 national champion Rashad McCants confessed), when those papers are largely plagiarized, and when the person handing out the A’s isn’t licensed to teach or assess academic progress, when she is nothing more than an administrative secretary who feels sorry for the athletes and who, for some 18 years, finds a way to circumvent NCAA academic eligibility standards to keep players on the court, that’s something the NCAA should, and did, of course, investigate.

      N.B.: Not finding someone guilty doesn’t mean they’re innocent or exonerated. Unless you’re OJ. Or the Donald. Given the damning evidence developed, the shame belongs to both UNC and the NCAA.

    • 4everUKblue
      11:53 pm August 15, 2019 Permalink

      Excellent take Megan. Thank you for that.

    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      1:06 am August 16, 2019 Permalink

      Megan thank you for adding on to what I said. And to add to what you said the government can step in and investigate the class and if the regular students were paying for a class that held no academic value and did not adhere to the guidelines set for academic accreditation they can remove the school’s accreditation thus removing them as a NCAA eligible school. There is also ways to force the school to admit the credits for scholarship students where non existant thus making them academically ineligible.

    • ukjaybrat
      8:32 am August 16, 2019 Permalink

      Fine, if UNC wants to argue it is 100% an academic issue, then they should just hand over their accreditation. but no, they are in other arguments with accreditation agencies arguing how this is NOT an academic issue. so which is it? academics or athletics? UNC gets to have it both ways and is not being punished by anyone

  12. catsarerunnin
    8:11 pm August 15, 2019 Permalink

    The should put the Cards on double secret probation.

  13. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
    8:42 pm August 15, 2019 Permalink

    They just can’t get out of their own way.

  14. UKfanman01
    10:35 pm August 15, 2019 Permalink

    Who cares. It’s not the same. Why punish Mack? Burn Pitino and ban him for life from NCAA coaching

  15. BlueBanker18
    7:50 am August 16, 2019 Permalink

    NCAA needs to focus on the programs that are still harboring corrupt coaches, assistants and paid players. There’s no point in handing anything down to a program that has rid itself of literally everybody and anybody involved with the scandal.