Following Rick Pitino’s termination at the University of Louisville, the school and former head coach have filed lawsuits against one another. Through discovery, UofL revealed that Pitino knew schools were trying to pay for Brian Bowen’s services.
“DePaul trying to pay Bowen 200 K to come there,” Pitino texted then assistant coach Kenny Johnson. “Crazy world.”
David Padgett acknowledged in a deposition that the information about DePaul would have been a red flag. The once interim head coach said he would not have recruited a player who was allegedly accepting money from schools.
UofL also detailed Pitino’s relationship with agent Christian Dawkins, one that was never reported to compliance officials. A text message on June 2, 2017 from Dawkins informed Pitino that other schools were trying to “influence” Bowen’s decision. Dawkins encouraged Pitino to call Bowen. The following day, Bowen committed to UofL. Pitino celebrated the news by telling Terry Meiners this:
“In my 40-some-odd years of coaching, this is the luckiest I’ve ever been…It fell into our lap, and we got very lucky, and every once in a while, you need a little luck.”
U of L also argues that Pitino knew or should have known about the stripper scandal, pointing out that assistant coaches mentioned it at practice, according to NCAA pic.twitter.com/isvRx5Y7pf
— Jason Riley (@JasonRileyWDRB) August 2, 2018