Another day, another drama-filled story out of Louisville.
Per a report from WDRB’s Marcus Green and Travis Ragsdale, former Louisville Cardinals basketball assistant coach Dino Gaudio claimed head coach Chris Mack threatened to pull players’ scholarships after the team failed to make the NCAA Tournament. The report comes from released court documents regarding Gaudio’s extortion case.
“On March 14, coaches and players gathered to watch the NCAA Tournament Selection Show,” the court documents said. “As the evening wore on, it became increasingly clear that Louisville was going to fall just short of being selected to compete in the NCAA Tournament. The mood soured and Mack called a coaches meeting following the disappointing Selection Show. Mack immediately began criticizing the players.”
The WDRB report states Gaudio fought back by telling Mack the school needed to “honor their commitments to the young men they recruited.”
Gaudio also said he warned Mack about alleged NCAA recruiting and COVID-19 health and safety protocol violations “at least twice” last summer.
Chris Mack's reputation has absolutely tanked among high-major coaches. Have heard nothing but poor things in recent months.— Jack Pilgrim (@JackPilgrimKSR) August 11, 2021
Mack and the Louisville program throwing the victim card here was the wrong move. https://t.co/ayhJ0TnYGc
In June, Gaudio pleaded guilty to attempting and get 17 months of salary in exchange for not revealing these reported NCAA violations.
According to the documents, Gaudio says Mack agreed to pay his severance package “either through the University of Louisville or personally” during a meeting on March 17, 2021, when Mack fired Gaudio because of “poor staff chemistry.” Mack secretly taped the meeting, per the documents.
Gaudio even landed the support of Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari in the documents, who penned a letter in support of the assistant he “developed relationships” with.
The court documents included a number of letters in support of Gaudio.— Travis Ragsdale (@TravisRagsdale) August 11, 2021
Including this one from Kentucky Head Coach John Calipari. pic.twitter.com/YyRpXVvFc3
Stay tuned for the next drama-filled story out of the Ville.