As the scandal surrounding the Louisville Cardinals men’s basketball program continues to unfold, head coach Rick Pitino can celebrate a small victory. Speaking to reporters at ACC Media Day, graduate transfer Trey Lewis said that AD Tom Jurich told the players that in spite of allegations that escorts were hired to lure recruits to the program, Pitino was going to remain the coach.
Lewis also added that Pitino told players he planned to be coaching the program “for a long time.”
That’s certainly a small victory, but not one that offers much in terms of future clarity. Louisville is under investigation after a tell-all book named former assistant Andre McGee as someone who hired escorts multiple times to entice recruits to commit to the program, and Pitino has denied having any knowledge of what went on and has said he is disgusted by the allegations.
On advice of counsel, Pitino did not attend ACC Media Days.
But the good news is that at this point, Jurich appears to believe Pitino. He could have fired him immediately or forced his resignation shortly after the allegations came out, but has instead stuck with the Hall of Famer who won the program a national title in 2013 and has gone 368-126 in fourteen years with the program.
Campus Sports will update this story as new information becomes available.
Louisville opens the season at home against the Southern Conference’s Samford Bulldogs on November 13.
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