Rick Pitino

Pitino Outraged at NCAA Penalties, Louisville Will Appeal

Jun 15, 2017
J. Tyler Franklin

The NCAA didn't feel Louisville went far enough with its self-imposed sanctions following a sex scandal investigation, so the governing body Thursday handed down a few more.

An outraged Rick Pitino feels the NCAA went too far.

After completing its investigation of Katina Powell's allegations that she and other escorts were hired to have sex parties and strip for Louisville recruits and players, antics the NCAA described as "repugnant," it benched the Cardinals men's basketball coach for five games and imposed several other penalties.

Pitino, U of L Responses Rebut NCAA Escort Allegations

Jan 26, 2017
University of Louisville

The University of Louisville is disputing the NCAA's allegation that Rick Pitino violated head coach responsibility in monitoring staffer Andre McGee's activities that resulted in a sex scandal and subsequent investigation by the governing body.

The school on Wednesday released responses submitted last week to NCAA accusations of four violations and criticism of Pitino for failing to monitor the former Cardinals basketball staffer alleged by an escort to have hired her and others for sex parties with recruits and players.

Pitino, Ex-Teammate Sought Mercy For Farmer

Apr 11, 2014

University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino asked a federal judge to show mercy when sentencing ex-Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer and allow him to "become a productive citizen again" after the basketball star's fall from grace.

Pitino's letter is among 29 dispatches sent to U.S. District Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove before Farmer's sentencing in January for abusing public office. Farmer is serving a 27 month sentence.

Van Tatenhove unsealed the letters Thursday evening.

Among the family and friends writing letters was former Kentucky basketball star and current University of Florida assistant coach John Pelphrey. Pitino coached both men at Kentucky from 1989 through 1992.

Farmer and Pelphrey were part of a Wildcats team that earned the school its first postseason trip after a two-year ban for NCAA infractions.

Federal Court to Reveal Judges for Sypher's Appeal

May 14, 2012

A federal Appeals Court is set to reveal the identities of the three judges who will hear an appeal from a woman convicted of trying to extort University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino. The U. S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals is scheduled Monday to release the list of three-judge panels that will hear cases starting May 28th.