The NCAA will release the decision from its infractions panel regarding its investigation into allegations against the Louisville men’s basketball program at 11 a.m. Thursday.
Louisville coach Rick Pitino, athletics director Tom Jurich and interim president Greg Postel will address the report at their own press conference at 12:30 p.m. Thursday.
Last fall, the NCAA accused Louisville of four serious violations and criticized the conduct of coach Rick Pitino for failing to monitor a former basketball staffer, Andre McGee, who hired escorts and strippers for sex parties with recruits and players. Pitino disputed that assertion.
The investigation began after the publication in 2015 of Katina Powell’s book, “Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen.”
Powell wrote that McGee paid her $10,000 for strippers to perform 22 shows from 2010-2014 — a period that includes Louisville’s NCAA 2012-13 championship season — with many occurring in the players’ Billy Minardi Hall dormitory. The building is named for Pitino’s brother-in-law, who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York.
In the NCAA’s letter to Louisville last fall, the NCAA listed the value of the impermissible/extra benefits as at least $5,400 and cited multiple instances in which McGee hired strippers to dance and have sex with recruits.
In March, the NCAA stood by its allegations against Pitino, stating: “If Pitino saw no red flags in connection with (Andre) McGee’s interactions with then prospective and current student-athletes, “ the NCAA wrote, “it was because he was not looking for them.”
Louisville already has imposed its own penalties. The most severe punishment — a postseason ban after the school determined violations occurred — was announced Feb. 5, 2016. A month later, the school announced the reduction of two scholarships and the number of days staffers could recruit.
This story will be updated.