The NCAA is accusing Louisville of four violations stemming from its investigation of allegations that a former men’s basketball staffer hired escorts and strippers for sex parties with Cardinals recruits and players.
The governing body’s report was released Thursday. The letter does not mention a lack of institutional control — considered the most serious violation — but says coach Rick Pitino failed to monitor staffer Andre McGee.
McGee left Louisville following the 2013-14 season, and was an assistant at UMKC under Kareem Richardson, a former Louisville assistant. McGee was put on administrative leave at UMKC when the allegations at Louisville first surfaced. He resigned from UMKC in October 2015.
UMKC released this statement on Thursday:
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“The University of Missouri-Kansas City has reviewed the NCAA Notice of Allegations sent to the University of Louisville and made public today. This document supports our own internal finding that there is no evidence of any violations of NCAA rules at UMKC during the brief time Andre McGee was an assistant coach in our program. While violations by Mr. McGee during that period are alleged by the NCAA, those alleged violations were within the Louisville program, and did not involve UMKC. UMKC is committed to strict compliance with NCAA rules and regulations, and to maintaining the dignity and character of our program, our employees and our student-athletes. Because the NCAA investigation remains an open case, we will have no additional comment on this matter.”
The NCAA’s letter is the first step in a process that could extend into next spring according to the timetable of responses and hearings on the allegations. Louisville has 90 days to respond.