The Louisville Cardinals men’s basketball program has been rocked recently by allegations that a former assistant used escorts to lure recruits, and the team could now be in a bit of hot water as a former recruit basically confirmed that.
Per Gary Parrish of CBS Sports, former Cardinals commit JaQuan Lyle confirmed the allegations to the NCAA that escorts were indeed used to try and get him to commit to Louisville during his visit to the university. He committed to the program shortly afterward, then de-committed before picking Oregon, and ultimately landed at Ohio State.
An unnamed source told Parrish that Lyle “told the truth.”
These allegations first surfaced in a tell-all book by one Katina Powell, a self-described madam who alleged that former Louisville staffer Andre McGee paid her for “shows” that would entice recruits to sign with the program.
Cardinals Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino has denied any knowledge of what went on and McGee has not commented publicly on the matter, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that this looks bad from all angles. Louisville’s program is one of the most storied in college basketball history, and for something like this to be true would be devastating to its reputation.
Just the same, nothing has been called official yet on the NCAA’s end, and Campus Sports will update this story accordingly as it develops.
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