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The lawyer for former Louisville coach Rick Pitino says the convictions in a federal trial alleging corruption in college basketball supports his client’s assertion that he was unaware of a scheme to bribe the family of a Cardinals recruit.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s dinner in Louisville was interrupted by fellow diners Friday night, CNN affiliate WLKY reported. The incident was originally reported by TMZ.
Louisville football player Kemari Averett was arrested and charged with putting a gun to his girlfriend’s head and threatening to kill her. The tight end was suspended from the team. According to the arrest citation, the confrontation began when Averett realized his laptop was missing from a backpack returned by his girlfriend. The player remains held on $10,000 bond after pleading not guilty. University police charged him with first-degree wanton endangerment and fourth-degree assault.
Opening statements in a criminal trial stemming from a scandal over college basketball recruiting is set to begin Tuesday.
An attorney representing a group of former Louisville men’s basketball players says they have filed a lawsuit against the NCAA over the organization’s vacation of the Cardinals’ 2013 national championship and 2012 Final Four. The NCAA stripped Louisville of the title as part of sanctions for violations discovered during an escort scandal investigation. John Morgan, one of several attorneys representing the players, called the NCAA “a morally bankrupt organization” that exploits student-athletes.
Louisville reached a $4.5 million settlement with former athletic director Tom Jurich, who was fired in the wake of a national federal corruption investigation of college basketball.
National champion Alabama will face Louisville in ABC’s first Saturday Night Football game, and Miami plays LSU on Sunday night of the season-opening weekend.
South Carolina forward and former Louisville recruit Brian Bowen is entering the NBA draft. The school announced Wednesday Bowen won’t hire an agent so he could return next season. Bowen transferred to South Carolina amid a federal investigation and has never been cleared by the NCAA to play. Bowen was suspended by Louisville after news of an alleged payment of $100,000 from an Addidas representative involving the Cardinals and his father. Bowen has said he has no knowledge of the payment.
Teaira McCowan had 21 points and 25 rebounds to help Mississippi State reach the national championship game for the second straight year with a 73-63 overtime win over Louisville on Friday night.
Louisville has found its new men’s basketball coach, tapping Xavier’s Chris Mack to guide the program back to national contention after a turbulent season in which the Cardinals were linked to a federal investigation. Multiple reports say that school has hired Mack and a person familiar with the situation confirmed Mack is Louisville’s choice. Mack, 48, said in a tweet Tuesday that “this situation offered a new and unique challenge that I could not turn down.”
Asia Durr scored 18 points, Myisha Hines-Allen added 16 and top-seeded Louisville earned its first Final Four berth since 2013 with a 76-43 rout of No. 6 seed Oregon State on Sunday in the women’s NCAA Tournament Lexington Region final.
Asia Durr had 24 points, Myisha Hines-Allen added 17 and top-seeded Louisville rolled past No. 4 seed Stanford 86-59 on Friday night in the women’s NCAA Tournament Lexington Region semifinal.
Louisville has let David Padgett go after one season as the Cardinals’ interim men’s basketball coach. Padgett went 22-14 after being elevated from second-year Louisville assistant last fall. He replaced Rick Pitino after the school placed the Hall of Fame coach on unpaid administrative leave following its acknowledgement that it was being investigated in a federal corruption probe of college basketball.
Here is a look at Friday’s games in the women’s NCAA Tournament:
Save the season, March Madness. Fill our minds with basketball and brackets and Cinderellas. Spare us from the scudding cloud of FBI investigations and corruption and scandal for a few weeks.
Louisville must vacate its 2013 men’s basketball title following an NCAA appeals panel’s decision to uphold sanctions against the men’s program in the sex scandal case.
Asia Durr scored 36 points, Myisha Hines-Allen had a career-high 31 and No. 3 Louisville overwhelmed No. 2 Notre Dame on both ends for a 100-67 blowout victory Thursday night in an Atlantic Coast Conference showdown.
Lamar Jackson announced on Twitter that he’ll leave Louisville to enter the NFL Draft, one season after becoming the youngest Heisman Trophy winner. The Cardinals junior quarterback says he talked with family before making the decision. It was somewhat expected after improving on his 2016 Heisman-winning numbers as a sophomore.
Louisville says freshman forward Brian Bowen will not play for the school and the Cardinals have parted ways with assistant coach Kenny Johnson. The 6-foot-7 Bowen signed with the Cardinals in June but has been held out of practice and games since the school announced it was being investigated in a federal corruption probe of bribery in college basketball. Johnson had been on paid administrative leave before Wednesday’s announcement.
Louisville says in an appeal that the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions imposed “grossly excessive” penalties in ordering the vacation of its 2013 men’s basketball championship and tournament revenue for a sex scandal.