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Prosecutors claim UofL paid for an additional recruit

Jordan Fair, Men’s Basketball

Photo via UofL Athletics

This morning at the college hoops trial, prosecutors revealed an interesting new allegation against the University of Louisville.

According to Dan Wetzel, while questioning UofL compliance director John Carns, prosecutors claimed that Brian Bowen’s family wasn’t the only recruit’s family to receive money from the Louisville coaching staff:

Carns said he had no knowledge of those payments. Both Johnson and Fair were fired after the scandal broke last fall. Johnson now works as an assistant for LaSalle University and Fair coaches an AAU team. In May, Rick Pitino vouched for Johnson’s innocence to the Courier-Journal (as if that means anything). Johnson and Fair have also been accused of altering Bowen’s unofficial visit documents to cover up the presence of Christian Dawkins, one of the three men on trial for plotting to pay Bowen’s father $100,000 in exchange for his son’s commitment to Louisville.

Speaking of Bowen’s father, he could take the stand as early as this afternoon and has immunity from prosecution in exchange for his side of the story. Bowen’s family has claimed innocence until now, but after financial advisor Munish Sood’s testimony yesterday that he personally handed almost $20,000 in cash to Bowen Sr. on be half of Dawkins and Merl Code, things could get really interesting…

UPDATE: Pitino issued a statement to the Courier-Journal about Johnson paying Bowen because of course he did.

Pitino told the Courier Journal on Thursday he was “dumbfounded and devastated” by the allegation that Johnson made the $1,300 payment.

“He looked me square in the eye and said he did nothing wrong,” Pitino said. “I hope it’s not true.”


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8 Comments for Prosecutors claim UofL paid for an additional recruit

  1. sprtphan
    3:31 pm October 4, 2018 Permalink

    Death penalty. Off with their heads.

  2. Paperbagface
    4:02 pm October 4, 2018 Permalink

    Even better… 2 of my cousins are obnoxious UL fans. Should be a good holiday season!!

  3. ClutchCargo
    4:14 pm October 4, 2018 Permalink

    For a liar, Pitno sure gets worked up over somebody lying to him.

    • Booby Petrino
      4:26 pm October 4, 2018 Permalink

      My guess is that’s he’s lying about them lying to him. It’s an act.

    • 4everUKblue
      5:16 pm October 4, 2018 Permalink


    • ClutchCargo
      6:47 pm October 4, 2018 Permalink

      Exactly. The former coach doth protest too much.

  4. BluejayK
    4:37 pm October 4, 2018 Permalink

    Pitino…The gift that never stops giving. For so many years people just bowed to him and stroked his ego , that he really believes his life and words carry more value than anyone else’s. I should feel awful for finding happiness in his struggles, but I do not.

  5. shelby
    5:30 pm October 4, 2018 Permalink

    I think the cards fans need to face the reality that they may indeed get slapped with “lack of institutional control” by the ncaa which could lead to very harsh penalties still to come.