For Rick Pitino, A History Of Big Wins And Bigger Losses At U of L
A day after the University of Louisville men’s basketball program was implicated in a wide-scale corruption scheme in college basketball, interim president Gregory Postel announced head coach Rick Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich would be placed on leave pending review of their positions at the university.
Pitino said in a statement Tuesday night that the allegations came as a complete shock to him -- a sentiment he's shared in response to a previous scandal, too.
Since taking over as head coach of the Cards in 2001, Pitino has been involved — and survived — some high-profile scandals.
Here’s a refresher of what led up to today:
Pitino is implicated in an extortion scheme by Karen Sypher, the estranged wife of a U of L equipment manager. Sypher claims Pitino raped her. Pinto denies the charge but admits to having sex with her. He also admits to paying Sypher $3,000 to have an abortion.
Pitino goes to the FBI and later testifies against Sypher in a federal case.
Sypher is sentenced to seven years in prison fortrying to extort cash, cars and a house from Pitino. Sypher is released in 2017.
Pitino makes a public apology for having sex with a woman outside his marriage and said he planned to remain at U of L until retirement.
A criminal investigation is launched following the publication of the book “Breaking Cardinal Rules,” in which author Katina Powell claims she was paid by former basketball staffer Andre McGee to provide strippers and prostitutes to U of L basketball players and recruits.
Pitino maintains that he had no involvement in the scandal and was unaware of McGee's actions.
In May 2017, a Jefferson County grand jury declines to return an indictment in connection with the sex scandal.
June 15, 2017
The NCAA suspends Rick Pitino for five games following its investigation of the sex scandal involving former Cardinal staffer Andre McGhee. Other punishments: a vacation of wins between 2010-2014, including the 2013 National Championship.
Pitino is in the process of appealing his suspension.
Following the NCAA's report, attorney Scott Tompsett issues a statement on behalf of Pitino:
September 26, 2017
U of L is implicated in a widespread college basketball corruption scheme.
Federal court documents implicate university and amateur coaches, officials with Adidas and sports money managers.
Court documents imply that the University of Louisville was part of the investigation, which includes a secretly recorded meeting in which one university coach allegedly discusses illegal payments to a recruit’s family.
U of L’s interim president, Gregory Postel, confirmed the school’s involvement in a statement released Tuesday afternoon.
Pitino released a statement through his attorney: