Rick Pitino: ‘I will not resign’

Rick Pitino apologized to the Louisville fan base on Thursday.
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On Thursday, Louisville head coach Rick Pitino released a statement on his website addressing his job status in the wake of the escort scandal.

First, above all, I’m sorry we all have to endure the pain of these allegations. I so appreciate your support and friendships,” Pitino wrote.

“I will not resign and let you down. Someday I will walk away in celebration of many memorable years but that time is not now. I do not fight these accusations by others but rather turn the other cheek. Couldn’t do it at 33, but at 63 it’s the wise thing to do. Let’s let the investigators do their job and we will play basketball.”

Katina Powell, a former Louisville escort, co-authored, “Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen,” a tell-all book about a four-year stretch in which former Louisville staffer Andre McGee allegedly paid Powell to provide strippers for private parties held at Billy Minardi Hall for Louisville players and recruits. On Tuesday, ESPN reported five ex-Louisville players and recruits confirmed Powell's allegations.

Pitino has urged McGee, an assistant coach at UMKC currently on administrative leave, to come forward and tell the truth about what he knows.

Louisville begins the 2015-16 season on Nov. 13 against Samford.