NCAA charges Rick Pitino with 'failure to monitor' Louisville program

NCAA says Rick Pitino should have known what was going on inside of Louisville basketball program.
Author:
Updated:
Original:

Allegations against the University of Louisville basketball program will apparently not leave Rick Pitino unscathed.

Thursday the NCAA charged the Hall of Fame basketball coach with failing to monitor a staff member. It's one of four Level I charges the NCAA announced after an investigation into Louisville's basketball program following allegations by a former escort.

The NCAA's Notice of Allegations levels one charge against Pitino, two against former director of basketball operations Andre McGee and another is aimed at former assistant Brandon Williams.

The charge mean that Pitino could face a steep penalty.

The allegations come from former escort Katina Powell's book, "Breaking Cardinal Rules." She claimed that McGee paid her and other escorts thousands of dollars and provided them with tickets to games in exchange for sex with recruits and players.

Pitino has repeatedly denied any knowledge of Powell's accusations. The NCAA did not claim that Pitino committed a violation, but alleged the coach "did not monitor" McGee or "spot-check" the program.

Pitino, Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich, and acting president Dr. Neville Pinto said they plan to dispute the charges against the coach.

That won't be easy though. The NCAA argues that not knowing is not a defense – they claim the head coach should have known.

According to ESPN, other coaches who have faced similar charges have seen multi-game suspensions – including Syracuse's Jim Boeheim who was suspended for nine games last year because of violations last year.

Next Up

Byron Buxton

Extending Byron Buxton is an investment worth the risk

Buxton's value to the Twins exceeds some of their previous big contracts.

Screen Shot 2021-08-03 at 7.50.23 AM

Hunt for man wanted for murder of 20-year-old woman in Austin

The victim has been identified as Tyesha Tahne Gills.

police tape, crime scene

Police say man shot dead after dispute in north Minneapolis

The shooting happened at a residence along North Dupont Avenue.

Screen Shot 2021-07-30 at 10.55.37 AM

Bespoke office space for changing times, courtesy of Redbrick Commercial Real Estate

Redbrick Commercial Real Estate specializes in innovative and sustainable office spaces.

coronavirus, covid-19, icu

MN up to 45 counties with high or substantial COVID-19 transmission

Delta is leading to more cases – and more severe cases – involving children in other states.

Screen Shot 2021-05-23 at 9.08.48 AM

University of St. Thomas latest to require vaccines for students, staff

The college had previously offered incentives to get vaccinated, but is now mandating them.

Pixabay - crowd park outdoors CROP

New forecast predicts more than 4 million Twin Cities residents by 2050

The Met Council believes job opportunities will also steadily grow.

Mike Zimmer

Zimmer on unvaccinated players: 'Some of the things they've read are just, woof, out there'

The coach says he's doesn't understand why some players won't get vaccinated.

Related

NCAA charges Rick Pitino with 'failure to monitor' Louisville program

NCAA says Rick Pitino should have known what was going on inside of Louisville basketball program.

Report: Rick Pitino fired by Louisville

Louisville was named in a massive investigation into illegal recruiting tactics.

Richard Pitino

Goldstein: Richard Pitino was not a failure with Gophers

It was time to go, but Pitino wasn't lucky in his 8 years at Minnesota.

Richard Pitino is the Big Ten Coach of the Year

The Gopher men's basketball team had one of it's best season's in program history.

Richard Pitino is the Big Ten Coach of the Year

The Gopher men's basketball team had one of it's best season's in program history.

Pitino says meeting his dad's team in the tourney would be 'the lamest thing ever'

Could Minnesota be headed towards a March matchup with Louisville?