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UofL: Rick Pitino knew schools tried to pay Brian Bowen

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.”

For more details, read the WDRB report and keep up with snapshots of the discovery from Jason Riley’s timeline. This might be the juiciest nugget so far:

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Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

20 Comments for UofL: Rick Pitino knew schools tried to pay Brian Bowen



  1. SHCooper
    11:40 am August 2, 2018 Permalink

    Who would that much for him? I don’t think he is worth $2,000.



  2. Bluebloodtoo
    11:59 am August 2, 2018 Permalink

    Wonder if this info is in “The Book”?



  3. J-Dub421
    12:10 pm August 2, 2018 Permalink

    And this is why the U of L players’ lawsuit has zero chance of winning. It was common knowledge around their program that they were having stripper/hooker parties. Luke Hancock and company may have chosen not to attend the parties themselves, but they knew about them, didn’t say anything, and did nothing to try to stop them. He and the other players are pretending to be innocent victims in this, when in reality they were complicit.



    • SuperTroy18
      12:15 pm August 2, 2018 Permalink

      ^ This. Couldn’t have said it better myself.



    • timbo
      3:48 pm August 2, 2018 Permalink

      I don’t feel sorry for the university…but it’s a stretch to say someone who didn’t participate is “complicit”. I would even argue that’s pretty unfair and that you’re holding another young man to a higher standard than you would ever hold yourself. You would “tattle” on your best friends? Especially given it was virtually everyone else (if this player or others in fact did not participate)? Who would you tattle to? I’m not saying that wouldn’t be the right thing. I’m saying that you’re asking a lot of someone in that scenario, especially at 18-22 years of age.



    • J-Dub421
      5:06 pm August 2, 2018 Permalink

      Did I say he should tattle on them? No, I did not. He could have told them to knock it off though, because they all darned well knew that what was going on was a huge NCAA violation. If I’m on a team, and my teammates are doing things that will get the team into trouble or cost us wins, then yes I would absolutely call them out on it and try to stop it. There are ways to be a leader and handle the situation without tattling.



  4. Mathlete
    12:40 pm August 2, 2018 Permalink

    Anyone else wondering about the Worldwide Wes name drop?



    • SHCooper
      12:52 pm August 2, 2018 Permalink

      Maybe the kid was a “Nike Kid” and he got mad about him going to an “Adidas School” not sure though.



  5. UK Big Board Update
    12:49 pm August 2, 2018 Permalink

    Its amazing how many parallels there are between Rick Pitino, his cronies, the delusional fans who deny everything, and the UofL administration, and Trump, his cronies, the delusional supporters who deny everything, and the WH administration….



    • kjd
      1:03 pm August 2, 2018 Permalink

      A Never Trumper……. everything comes back to hating on Trump.



    • Booby Petrino
      1:18 pm August 2, 2018 Permalink

      It’s amazing how people bring politics into something that isn’t remotely political. Also, the word “amazing” is so overused because none of that is amazing.



    • Han
      1:41 pm August 2, 2018 Permalink

      I’m as sick of our Liar in Chief as you, man, but you didn’t need to bring it up here. There are plenty of other places to address his poor behavior and crimes. (Just go comment on an article about his latest attempts to obstruct justice yesterday.)

      You don’t need to bring up a different narcissist to talk about Pitino and UL. They give us plenty of material to work with by themselves.



    • catdaddyd
      11:50 pm August 2, 2018 Permalink

      You mad because unemployment is low? You got to get a job now and can’t stay home and use that Obama phone.



    • UK Big Board Update
      1:54 pm August 2, 2018 Permalink

      I remember when everyone was so easy on Obama…. lol.



    • MadHatter
      2:13 pm August 2, 2018 Permalink

      Andddddd they took the bait: hook, line, and sinker lol



  6. Headhurts
    12:59 pm August 2, 2018 Permalink

    So the gamecocks got Bowen for nothin’ what a deal………..sure they did.



    • Han
      1:44 pm August 2, 2018 Permalink

      Honestly, there’s no reason for them to pay him. First, scrutiny is there anyway, but more importantly, no one was touching him with a 10′ pole. He needed somewhere to work out/keep his game fresh, so Martin took a shot. I doubt he expected him to ever be eligible, but you never know. Look at how all that stuff with Arizona and Sean Miller just evaporated. Or how UNC skated. If Bowen had gotten eligible for Martin, he’d have looked like a genius. Albeit a genius who took a player who took money.



  7. Headhurts
    2:10 pm August 2, 2018 Permalink

    Remember they don’t pay the player, papa Bowen gets the $ in a wal-mart parking lot. Maybe not, just saying.



  8. Jiminy Crickets
    2:39 pm August 2, 2018 Permalink

    Interesting timing of this new release of OLD news, considering Pitinos soon to be “tell all” book release



  9. jaws2
    3:21 pm August 2, 2018 Permalink

    I keep PRAYING all of these guys get pulled into a grand jury and either lie, tell the truth, or plead the 5th. If it’s the truth, a bunch of new people are going to get drug down. That’s going to be a hell of a show!!
    uOFsmell; Got Pitino? HaHaHaHaHa……!!!!
    The gift that just KEEPS on giving!!