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Louisville Confirms Allegations To Student Newspaper After President's Email To University Community

Edit: The Louisville Cardinal has edited its piece, changing the line about Karman confirming the allegations to this:

University spokesperson John Karman confirmed the email was written by Ramsey.

We'll update if there are further clarifications.

Earlier: Over the last few weeks, the Louisville basketball program has been rocked by allegations that a former staffer solicited prostitutes for Cardinal recruits. Today, in an email to faculty and students at U of L, President James Ramsey confirmed the allegation, saying that he is not treating it as an "isolated athletic issue." Here is the full letter, via Card Chronicle.

To the Campus Community:

My sincere thanks to those of you who were able to attend our campus forums last week, either in person or through the live-streaming. The forums focused primarily on the next steps for moving forward with our University of the 21st Century discussions. We appreciate your further feedback and questions - feel free to continue to communicate with Interim Provost Pinto or me as we move forward.

As mentioned in my State of the University address, it is now time for us to move forward with these initiatives. At the same time, we must move forward prudently with continued campus discussions and input to ensure the success of these important initiatives.

In addition, we as an institution are working to address the allegations made concerning the men's basketball program in a complete, thorough investigative way. As previously discussed, immediately upon hearing the allegations, we employed our own investigator - Chuck Smart, a former NCAA official. We do not know the timing of the findings that will be forthcoming from this report, but Chuck has been working with the NCAA in a process that is both deliberate and thorough.

We are one university and we are addressing this as one university - not an isolated athletic issue. So we are doing all that we can in the days and weeks ahead to emphasize the important work of you, our faculty, staff and students, and the amazing things that continue to happen at UofL. I know that you join me in celebrating the great history and tradition that is the University of Louisville.

We pledge to do the very best that we can during this time to find out what, if anything, occurred while we continue to focus on our daily responsibilities. Thank you for all that you do, and thank you to the great number of you who have expressed support and prayers for both me and the university.

James Ramsey

Independent student newspaper The Louisville Cardinal received confirmation of the allegations from U of L.

When reached for comment, John Karman, Interim Director of Media Relations and Marketing Specialists, confirmed the allegations as true.

With basketball starting up in the coming weeks, it will be interesting how the program deals with this issue looming over it.

[Card Chronicle; The Louisville Cardinal]