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Dick Vitale: Rick Pitino Passed A Lie Detector Test About Louisville Sex Scandal

Yesterday, Louisville shocked the college basketball world, self-imposing a post-season ban for this season in the wake of the alleged prostitution scandal that surfaced back in October. One of the major questions surrounding the story is how much previous knowledge head coach Rick Pitino had about the "parties" that were alleged to have taken place in Louisville basketball dorm rooms. According to ESPN's Dick Vitale, Pitino passed a lie detector test on the subject.

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If true, it may help Pitino in the court of public opinion, but when the NCAA rules on the scandal, it probably won't matter. As with the recent investigations into SMUand Syracuse, current NCAA rules find head coaches responsible for everything that goes on in a program, even if they are not directly aware of an incident. Via an NCAA document about head coaching responsibilities:

NCAA Division I Bylaw 11.1.1.1 states that an institution's head coach is presumed to be responsible for the actions of all institutional staff members who report, directly or indirectly, to the head coach. A head coach shall promote an atmosphere of compliance within his or her program and shall monitor the activities of all institutional staff members involved with the program who report, directly or indirectly, to the coach.

The fairness of that standard is very much up for debate.