Heard any good jokes lately? There are plenty floating around out there about Rick Pitino and the Louisville Cardinals basketball team.
In case you have been living under a rock for two weeks, here is a rundown of what has taken place:
- On Friday October 2nd, a previously unknown self-described madam named Katina Powell released a book entitled "Breaking Cardinal Rules" which detailed salacious accounts of Powell working with Louisville assistant basketball coach Andre McGee in securing and paying for escorts to have sex with basketball players and recruits. This ignited a firestorm and forced Rick Pitino and Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich to address the media, ensuring everyone that they knew nothing of the events detailed in the book and that they were taking the appropriate steps to work with the NCAA in finding out the truth.
- During the next week, co-author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Dick Cady did numerous interviews with Louisville newspaper columnists and radio hosts defending the book, Katina Powell and what seemed to be shoddy reporting. Cady came off as dismissive and arrogant. This gave Louisville fans hope that possibly none of the information in the book was accurate. All the while, the University itself never once issued a statement denying the details in the book.
- On Wednesday, October 7th, Ohio State confirmed that the NCAA questioned freshman point guard JaQuan Lyle about his part in the book which stated that Lyle partook in the services of the escorts during an official visit with Louisville when he was a recruit. Lyle committed to Louisville soon after his visit but later opted to spurn the Cardinals and decommit. After flirting with Oregon for a bit, he became a Buckeye in the end.
- On Thursday, October 8th, Gary Parrish published a story in which he interviewed an unnamed source within the NCAA that stated that Lyle confirmed the "gist" of the details of the book concerning his visit to Louisville. Later that same day, Eric Crawford of WDRB.com released another story in which a former player confirmed that there were indeed strippers in the dorms on one occasion, but he never witnessed money exchanged or sex taking place. He did admit that players threw dollar bills at the strippers.
- Also on October 8th, Rick Pitino was interviewed by Louisville radio host Terry Meiners. In the interview, Pitino was steadfast in his resolution to not resign. He also expressed dismay that Louisville president James Ramsey did not give support to Pitino in a released statement. The Cardinal coach also acted as if he had not heard news of the Lyle situation that rocked the city earlier that day.