Friday, October 23, 2015

Andre McGee Resigns at UMKC, Says Allegations Against Him are False

Andre McGee, the man at the center of Louisville's escort scandal, has resigned as assistant coach at University of Missouri-Kansas City.



McGee maintained in a brief statement that the allegations against him are false.


Here is an excerpt from the Courier-Journal:

McGee said in an email to the athletic director of the Kansas City school that he had “reluctantly” decided to resign because the team deserves a full-time assistant and he was not able to provide that “while the false allegations against me are investigated.”




McGee’s lawyer, Scott C. Cox of Louisville, declined comment Friday but previously said McGee "has never supplied a prostitute or escort to a player or recruit at the University of Louisville."

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Terry Rozier Clarifies Comments on Louisville

Former Louisville star Terry Rozier has clarified his comments about his former team and the ongoing escort scandal that allegedly involves former players and recruits.

Rozier says all he meant is that he is now a Celtic and is no longer wearing a Cardinal jersey.


Thursday, October 22, 2015

Pikeville, Georgetown Top 2015-16 Mid-South Conference Preseason Poll

University of Pikeville and Georgetown College are the top two teams in the Mid-South Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll for 2015-16.

UPIKE is picked to win the league by the slimmest of margins. The Bears earned 60 total points and 4 first-place votes, while Georgetown totaled 59 points and 4 first-place votes.

Campbellsville is third with 49 total points.

University of the Cumberlands and Lindsey Wilson College round out the top 5.

St. Catharine College is picked to finish behind Life, Cumberland (TN) and Shawnee State.

Here is a release from the MSC:

COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Pikeville (Ky.) edged second-place Georgetown (Ky.) in the 2015-16 Mid-South Conference Men's Basketball Preseason Coaches' Poll, conference officials announced today.

Pikeville secured 60 voting points from the conference coaches, including four first-place votes to top the preseason poll. Georgetown is a close second with 59 voting points and four first-place votes of its own.

Pikeville shared the MSC regular season title with Campbellsville (Ky.) in 2014-15 with identical 12-4 marks. Georgetown finished a game back with an 11-5 conference record last season.

Campbellsville ended third in this season's polling with 49 voting points and the final first-place vote.

Cumberlands (Ky.) is fourth in the preseason poll with 44 voting points. Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) checks in at fifth with 34 voting points followed by Life (Ga.) with 32 voting points.

Cumberland (Tenn.), Shawnee State (Ohio) and St. Catharine (Ky.) complete the nine-team conference. Cumberland garnered 20 voting points while Shawnee State and St. Catharine finished with 17 and nine points respectively.

The Mid-South Conference regular season begins Nov. 19, with the MSC Tournament set for March 3-6 at the Frankfort Convention Center in Frankfort, Ky.

Place School Voting Points First-Place Votes 2014-15 Record (MSC)

1. Pikeville (Ky.) 60 4 27-5 (12-4)
2. Georgetown (Ky.) 59 4 25-8 (115)
3. Campbellsville (Ky.) 49 1 29-6 (12-4)
4. Cumberlands (Ky.) 44 -- 23-11 (9-7)
5. Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 34 -- 17-13 (8-8)
6. Life (Ga.) 32 -- 16-15 (7-9)
7. Cumberland (Tenn.) 20 -- 9-21 (4-12)
8. Shawnee State (Ohio) 17 -- 11-19 (4-12)
9. St. Catharine (Ky.) 9 -- 11-18 (5-11)

Terry Rozier on Louisville Scandal: "I'm not a Cardinal no more"

Former Louisville star Terry Rozier doesn't want to answer questions about the ongoing scandal at his former school.

Rozier was asked about the escort scandal last night and his response indicated that he's trying to distance himself from the entire mess.

“I’m just trying to get better, I’m a Celtic," Rozier said. "I’m not a Cardinal no more. So I’m just moving on.”

Check out his comments here:


Timberwolves Exercise Team Options on Gorgui Dieng, 4 Others

The Minnesota Timberwolves have exercised team options on five players, including former Louisville big man Gorgui Dieng.

Here's a release from the Timberwolves:

Minneapolis/St. Paul – The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced the team has exercised the third-year options on guard Zach LaVine, forward Adreian Payne and forward Andrew Wiggins, along with the fourth-year options on center Gorgui Dieng and forward Shabazz Muhammad.

Dieng, 25, owns career averages of 7.5 points and 6.8 rebounds in 22.6 minutes per game over 133 contests, all with Minnesota. The Wolves acquired the draft rights to Dieng, along with Muhammad, from the Utah Jazz on June 27, 2013.

Complete Release

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Chane Behanan Supports Louisville and Rick Pitino

Former Louisville player Chane Behanan offered support to Rick Pitino and the Louisville basketball program on Tuesday.

 
I know for a fact I didn't come too Louisville because of those women, heck no. So come again please. I came to the University of Louisville because I knew with the group of guys we had it will be something special for the university, student population, the fans, the city itself, and also each an everybody family member and I also knew I was one of those missing pieces too a championship team. Which we conquered very easily. With that being said think what you want people it...'s a free country, too an extent. And for those who think Coach Pitino had any involvement should get their brain check by multiple doctors because it's something seriously wrong with you, Coach P preach good behavior and also how to treat others with the upmost respect. Coach P didn't condone nothing I've put the University through nor did he condone these allegations that's been said. It wasn't all basketball with him, it was always real world related and life after basketball and for me too read how people are saying he knew about it is ridiculous because I know for a fact that's the number one thing he preached was the respect for women and others around us!!! ‪#‎UofLChamp2013‬ ‪#‎UofLStrong

 
Despite everything happening too me at UofL, I will still stand behind them because I'm very well respected in the city and also I have love for Coach P and his staff and Tom Jurich and the University.

2016 SG Frankie Hughes Commits to Louisville

The Louisville men's basketball program did get some good news on Tuesday as three-star shooting guard Frankie Hughes pledge his commitment to the Cardinals.

Here's more about Huges from 247 Sports:

Louisville’s 2016 backcourt search resulted in a commitment from underrated Cleveland (OH) Garfield Heights guard Frankie Hughes.

Hughes, a 6’5 prospect, announced his decision Tuesday afternoon, picking Louisville over Wisconsin, St. Joseph’s and Minnesota.

“Frankie shoots it really well, possesses great athleticism, is a very good perimeter defender and handles the ball well,” said Corey Tucker, Hughes’ AAU coach. “He’s a two because of the way he shoots the ball, coming off of screens and things of that nature.”

Rated the No. 194 recruit nationally and 35th-best SG by 247Sports, Hughes visited Louisville last week after Rick Pitino travelled to Ohio to watch him play.

Complete Article


Escort at Center of Louisville Scandal Speaks Out on Outside The Lines

Katina Powell, the woman at the center of the Louisville escort scandal, spoke out on ESPN's Outside The Lines Tuesday.

Here's a portion of her interview:


Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Bozich: Louisville Needs to Replace Rick Pitino Now

Rick Bozich of WDRB.com believes Louisville needs to replace Rick Pitino with a new head coach who can lead the Cardinals through the escort scandal that has overtaken the men's basketball program.

Here is an excerpt:

Louisville needs a Mr. Fix-It -- and it needs somebody other than Rick Pitino to clean up this embarrassing mess. A new direction. A new face.

A new coach whose voice does not stir the thoughts of a sex scandal whenever you hear it.

No way Pitino survives this tawdry scandal of strippers, prostitutes, recruits, U of L players and sex that has swallowed its program for the last 18 days.

No way that Pitino should survive this, an inevitability that I believe even U of L president Dr. James Ramsey realized more than a week ago when his first statement featured support for athletic director Tom Jurich but not Pitino.

This wasn't one or two social mixers in the study lounge that went astray or a player flunking a drug or alcohol test or money in an express mail envelope. This is reportedly more than 20 incidents stretched over four years that turned the U of L basketball campus dormitory into something one former recruit said felt like a "strip club," according to a story at ESPN.com.

Pitino's stance since this story broke has not shifted. He has not denied that something against NCAA rules (or against any sensible moral compass) occurred. He has only denied he had any knowledge that something outrageous like this happened.

Maybe Pitino did not have knowledge. Possible? It’s unlikely, but certainly possible.

But he should have known something.

Complete Article

Jurich: Rick Pitino Has No Plans to Step Down at Louisville

Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich says head coach Rick Pitino has no intentions of stepping down as a result of the ongoing escort scandal at the school.

Jurich also says Pitino "absolutely didn't know about the allegations."


Five Former Louisville Players Tell Outside the Lines Escort Allegations are True

Five former University of Louisville players have confirmed to ESPN's Outside the Lines that allegations involving escorts and strippers that were detailed in Katina Powell's book are true.

Here are excerpts from ESPN.com:

Five former University of Louisville basketball players and recruits told Outside the Lines that they attended parties at a campus dorm from 2010 to 2014 that included strippers paid for by the team's former graduate assistant coach, Andre McGee.

One of the former players said he had sex with a dancer after McGee paid her. Each of the players and recruits attended different parties at Billy Minardi Hall, where dancers, many of whom stripped naked, were present. Three of the five players said they attended parties as recruits and also when they played for Louisville.

Said one of the recruits who ultimately signed to play elsewhere: "I knew they weren't college girls. It was crazy. It was like I was in a strip club."

ESPN's reports also specifically names former Louisville players Russ Smith and Montrezl Harrell:

Lindsay Powell, 24, Katina's daughter, told Outside the Lines she danced at multiple parties and was paid $100 to have sex with former Louisville point guard Russ Smith, part of the Cardinals' 2013 NCAA championship team and now a player with the Memphis Grizzlies. Katina Powell's book also mentions the allegation involving Smith, who did not respond to requests for comment.

"I believe that McGee came to my mom and said something to her about it, and my mom came to me and I was like 'OK,' and we went in another room and we had sex," Lindsay Powell said.

During another party, Rod Ni Powell, 22, another daughter of Katina's, said she was paid to have sex with former Cardinals player Montrezl Harrell, a power forward who now plays for the Houston Rockets. Katina Powell told Outside the Lines and wrote in her book that Harrell, who played with Louisville from 2012-15, had sex paid for by McGee as a recruit and as a player.

"Montrezl was there, and I don't know, I guess he felt left out. He just kind of asked me if I would do it, and I did it. I got paid maybe $100, maybe a little more," Rod Ni Powell said.

Perhaps most damaging for Louisville is ESPN's confirmation that Katina Powell sent text messages and received a wire transfer from former staffer Andre McGee:

Outside the Lines reviewed Powell's journals, text messages and phone records and independently confirmed that text messages sent to Powell to arrange the parties came from McGee's cellphone. Further, Outside the Lines has independently confirmed a wire transfer of money from McGee to Powell on one occasion.

Read the Complete Article Here

Monday, October 19, 2015

Richard Pitino on Louisville Escort Scandal: "It never happened"

Minnesota head coach Richard Pitino was recently asked to give his thoughts on the alleged escort scandal at Louisville, where is father Rick is the head man.

“I don’t think any staff in the country would know about that and turn a blind eye,”  the younger Pitino said. “To me, it just, it never happened.”

Here are his comments from NBC Sports:

“I know what my dad is all about, I know the program that he runs,” the younger Pitino told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “You’ve got to understand, he’s been doing this for 40 years — and he’s run a clean program for 40 years. I think he deserves the benefit of the doubt here. … I told him, put your head on the pillow at night knowing you did nothing wrong. I know that for a fact.”

Richard was the associate head coach on his father’s staff during the 2011-12 season.

“I don’t think any staff in the country would know about that and turn a blind eye,” he said. “To me, it just, it never happened.”

Complete Article

Kentucky Wesleyan Picked to Finish Second in G-MAC Preseason Poll

Kentucky Wesleyan is picked to finish second in the Great-Midwest Athletic Conference this season.

The league's coaches have voted Alderson Broaddus to finish first with 35 total points and 5 first-place votes.

KWC is second with 32 points and 2 first-place votes

Here is a release from KWC:

GREENWOOD, Ind. (Oct. 19, 2015) — Kentucky Wesleyan has been chosen No. 2 in the Great-Midwest Athletic Conference men’s basketball preseason poll, as voted on by league coaches.

The Panthers received 32 points and two of seven first place votes. Favorite Alderson Broaddus, the defending regular season and tournament champion, had 35 points and five first place votes.

Third-year head coach Happy Osborne returns six letterwinners including three starters along with one redshirt from last season’s squad that finished second in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference regular season and tournament with a 22-8 (10-4 G-MAC) record.

The complete G-MAC men’s preseason basketball poll:

1. Alderson Broaddus (5 first place votes) 35 pts.
2. Kentucky Wesleyan (2) 32
3. Trevecca Nazarene 25
4. Cedarville 21
5. Ohio Valley 17
6. Davis & Elkins 11
7. Salem International 7

The 2016 G-MAC Men’s Basketball Championship Tournament will be hosted by the regular season champion on their campus on March 3-5. Six members will participate.

The Panthers open the 2015-16 season with two exhibition contests at Western Kentucky on Nov. 6 and at Louisville on Nov. 9.

The regular season starts Nov. 15 and 16 at the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic / Great Midwest Athletic Conference Challenge in Detroit.

Mike Krzyzewski to Step Down as Coach of Team USA After 2016 Olympics

Duke's Mike Krzyzewski plans to step down as head coach of Team USA after the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Here are details from ESPN.com:

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski told ESPN that the 2016 Olympics will be his last one coaching the United States men's basketball national team, and that a succession plan to replace him will be announced in the coming year before the Games in Rio de Janeiro next summer.

"It is. It definitely is,'' Krzyzewski told ESPN about this being his last stint as head coach with USA Basketball. "I think it's time to move ahead. During the next season there will be a number of decisions made about the future of USA Basketball with Rio [the roster] and coaching.

"There has to be a succession ... a planned succession with really good people so we can keep the continuity of the program going.''

Complete Article

Who will replace Coach K? How about John Calipari?

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Matthew Mitchell Does the Whip Nae Nae at Big Blue Madness

University of Kentucky women's coach Matthew Mitchell tried to "retire" from dancing/singing at Big Blue Madness this season, but ended up doing the Whip Nae Nae with two middle school kids, some members of the UK dance team and even two security guards.

Check him out:


The UK Hoops team also did a little dancing of their own:

John Calipari Delivers Gold Standard Speech at Kentucky's Big Blue Madness

It's fair to say that head coach John Calipari brought his "A" game to Kentucky's Big Blue Madness Friday night.

Calipari, who was entertaining more than 20,000 fans and some of the nation's top high school recruits, delivered an incredible speech after being introduced. He spoke of Kentucky being the "gold standard" of college basketball and was even conveniently interrupted by NBA star Anthony Davis.

Here is Calipari addressing the Big Blue Nation...and some recruits:

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