The University of Louisville has confirmed that it received its Notice of Allegations from the NCAA. After a two-year investigation into the school’s involvement in the pay-to-play scheme in the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons, the NCAA is accusing the men’s basketball program of one level 1 violation and 3 level 2 violations, including one for Rick Pitino for failure to monitor.
From the UofL website:
- A Level I allegation that an improper recruiting offer, and subsequent extra benefits to the family of an enrolled student athlete; and a recruiting inducement to a prospective student-athlete’s non-scholastic coach/trainer, were provided by certain individuals, purportedly identified and defined by the NCAA as “representatives of the university’s athletics interests,” none of whom had traditional connections to the University beyond their affiliation with Adidas or professional athlete management entities, as well as by a former assistant coach and a former associate head coach;
- A Level II allegation of recruiting violations by the same two former men’s basketball coaching staff members in providing impermissible transportation and having impermissible contact in the context of recruitment-related activities;
- A Level II allegation that the institution failed to adequately monitor the recruitment of an incoming, high-profile student-athlete;
- A Level II allegation that the former head men’s basketball coach did not satisfy his head coach responsibility when he failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance;
Keep in mind, all of these violationsallegedlytook place while UofL was already on probation.