In a 118-page response to the University of Louisville, the NCAA denies that Rick Pitino adequately monitored Andre McGee. First reported by WDRB, the NCAA stated:
“Pitino did not supplement his trust in McGee with frequent spot-checks, including actively looking for and evaluating red flags, asking pointed questions and regularly soliciting honest feedback to determine if monitoring systems existed or were functioning properly.”
It’s one of the many positions the NCAA disputes with the university. This response contains forceful language:
“Put simply,” the NCAA said, “arranging and funding sexual intercourse for a prospective student athlete on an official visit is a severe violation, wholly inconsistent with NCAA principles, whether valued at $80 or $120.”
For more, read the WDRB report, which includes the response from the NCAA in its entirety. This post will be updated with further details.
UPDATE: The university’s statement regarding the NCAA’s response:
“We continue to regret that NCAA legislation was violated by a former UofL employee. His behavior was shameful and wrong. This behavior is the reason we self-imposed severe penalties on ourselves. In this latest correspondence, the NCAA Enforcement Staff’s Response reiterates its previous position and, in fact, makes clear that the allegation does not state that Coach Pitino should have detected or known about the violations. We have faith in the NCAA process and look forward to demonstrating at the hearing that Coach Pitino properly monitored his staff.”
UPDATE: This portion of the response makes Pitino’s plausible deniability defense much more difficult to believe, form Jason Riley of WDRB.
UPDATE: Former UofL assistant and current N.C. State head coach Kevin Keatts has a quote worth sharing: “everybody assumed that everybody was doing the right thing.”