Once again, the University of Louisville in in the news for all the wrong reasons.
On Tuesday, it was reported that former Cardinals assistant coach Dino Gaudio has been federally charged with extortion.
Back in March, Gaudio was fired from Chris Mack’s staff after spending three years with the Cardinals.
U.S. Attorney alleges that during a meeting with Louisville officials, Gaudio threatened to expose recruiting violations unless he was paid 17 months’ worth of salary after being fired.
Charging documents say Gaudio demanded a lump sum of 17 months of salary or he would go public with allegations.— Travis Ragsdale (@TravisRagsdale) May 18, 2021
What did Gaudio want to expose?
According to reports, he threatened to report that the program violated NCAA rules in its production of recruiting videos for recruits, and he alleged that the men’s basketball program violated NCAA rules by using graduate assistants in practices.
Gaudio said he would expose this allegation if UofL didn’t continue to pay his salary for 17 months or provided a lump sum equal to 17 months salary, according to the federal documents.— Hayley Minogue (@HayleyMinogueTV) May 18, 2021
My own commentary here: I’m interested to see if what Gaudio is alleging is true. While very minor allegations, with a program already in hot water, interested to see how this would play out.— Hayley Minogue (@HayleyMinogueTV) May 18, 2021
Louisville basketball has had quite a five-year run when it comes to federal court appearances, scandals, coaches being fired, and recruiting violations.
And while these violations don’t appear to be major, the fact they’re coming out while Louisville is already on probation and still awaiting punishment for the Brian Bowen scandal is not going to help their standing with the NCAA.
Here are some additional tweets about the latest story around Louisville basketball, and be sure to send us any good ones we missed in the comments section.
Louisville releases statements on today’s news regarding Dino Gaudio: pic.twitter.com/3Q1n7qvAgm— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) May 18, 2021
Louisville basketball the last five years:— Aaron Torres (@Aaron_Torres) May 18, 2021
Trips to federal court: 2
NCAA Tournament wins: 1 https://t.co/Nj7GWruI0E
Chris Mack played college basketball at Xavier and Dino Gaudio was the Assistant who recruited him there and coached him— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) May 18, 2021
Damn, you talk about a relationship going sour
Live look at the person responsible for finalizing ULs NCAA investigation... pic.twitter.com/6TQAEh65tT— J in the Bay (@jaakour1) May 18, 2021
Go ahead and cover it if you had extortion on your bingo card.— Ray Dixon (@brow_down) May 18, 2021
The one where UofL basketball goes to federal court, again. https://t.co/0pXyXDIJUm— Nick Roush (@RoushKSR) May 18, 2021
The circus continues.— Eric Crawford (@ericcrawford) May 18, 2021
Chris Mack says he and @LouisvilleMBB were the ‘victims’ of Gaudio’s extortion plot https://t.co/Fkad0o15tw— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) May 18, 2021
It’s always:— Things #BBN Likes (@ThingsBBNLikes) May 18, 2021
“KeNtUcKy HaS aLL tHiS tALeNt aNd OnLy oNe tiTle UnDeR CaliPaRi”
“Louisville cheats THAT much and only has one ~vacated~ title”
Tennessee Louisville— Jason Marcum (@marcum89) May 18, 2021
The clearest example we are moving past Covid and life is returning to normal is an absolutely insane Louisville basketball story— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) May 18, 2021
May 18, 2021
The violations Gaudio alleged were all relatively minor....but as we saw with the Sypher trial, the focus won’t stay there— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) May 18, 2021
For a school trying to move on (and awaiting NCAA ruling), this can’t be what they wanted
Loserville cleared house, got an entirely new AD, HC, etc... yet they still can’t avoid their second extortion case in the past decade— Grant Peters (@GP_Tre_Ball) May 18, 2021
Never change, little brother
May 18, 2021
In regards to the UofL stuff, if they weren’t already on probation, this would be a minor thing. But because of the history, it will be interesting to see what the NCAA does.— Dad of Queens (@jrasmussbbn) May 18, 2021
"The University cannot comment further due to the ongoing federal investigation" should be the official slogan of Louisville— Drew Franklin (@DrewFranklinKSR) May 18, 2021
Days without a UofL violation: pic.twitter.com/D3feQ4O4Qk— KentuckySports#BBN (@univerky) May 18, 2021
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