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Louisville Receives NCAA Notice Of Allegations, With 4 "Level One" Violations Against Current, Former Coaches

Louisville NCAA violations: the Cardinals basketball program has received its Notice of Allegations from the NCAA, in response to the sex scandal that hit the program ahead of last season.

The school has posted the notice, which alleges that former assistant coach Andre McGee provided "impermissible inducements, offers and/or extra benefits in the form of adult entertainment, sex acts, and/or cash" to a total of 17 recruits and current players, two AAU coaches, and one player's friend.

It is alleged that from at least December 2010 through July 2014, Andre McGee (McGee), then men's basketball program assistant (2010-11 and 2011-12 academic years), director of basketball operations (2012-13 academic year through April 2014) and representative of the institution's athletics interests while a University of Missouri-Kansas City assistant men's basketball coach (April through July 2014), arranged for and/or provided impermissible inducements, offers and/or extra benefits in the form of adult entertainment, sex acts and/or cash at Billy Minardi Hall (Minardi), a campus dormitory, or Louisville, Kentucky, hotels to at least 17 then men's basketball prospective and/or current studentathletes, two then nonscholastic men's basketball coaches and one then men's basketball prospective student-athlete's friend. The value of the impermissible inducements, offers and/or extra benefits was at least $5,400.

McGee faces two Level One violations, among the most serious the NCAA can levy. Another has been charged to former staffer Brandon Williams, and a fourth to head coach Rick Pitino.

He could be subject to a show-cause penalty, and could face a similar suspension to Syracuse's Jim Boeheim and former SMU head coach Larry Brown.

It is alleged that from at least December 2010 through April 2014, Rick Pitino (Pitino), head men's basketball coach, violated NCAA head coach responsibility legislation, as he is presumed responsible for the violations outlined in Allegation No. 1 and did not rebut that presumption. Specifically, Pitino did not demonstrate that he monitored Andre McGee (McGee), then men's basketball program assistant (2010-11 and 2011-12 academic years) and director of basketball operations (2012-13 academic year through April 2014), in that he failed to frequently spot-check the program to uncover potential or existing compliance problems, including actively looking for and evaluating red flags, asking pointed questions and regularly soliciting honest feedback to determine if monitoring systems were functioning properly regarding McGee's activities and interactions with then men's basketball prospective and current student-athletes visiting and attending the institution.

The allegations do not, however, allege "lack of institutional control" in this case, which could spare the basketball program as a whole from more severe penalties in response to these Louisville NCAA violations.

From Louisville's response to the Notice of Allegations:

It is important to note what is not being alleged. The NOA does not contain an allegation that Coach Pitino had knowledge of what took place in the dormitory. The NCAA does not allege a 'lack of institutional control' at Louisville, a very severe allegation. The NCAA does not allege that there was a 'failure to monitor' against the institution, also a severe allegation. The NCAA does not allege that Coach Pitino failed to 'promote an atmosphere of compliance', a serious allegation. The NOA does contain a narrower allegation – which we will dispute - that Coach Pitino failed to demonstrate that he monitored Mr. McGee.

We'll continue to update as more on the Louisville NCAA violations comes out.

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