Rick Pitino says NCAA investigation into Louisville program is ‘pretty much over’
University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino and his team are ready to move on from the sex scandal allegations that recently sent shockwaves through his program.
Pitino appeared on ESPN 680 in Louisville Tuesday, and said that the investigation is nearly complete.
"It’s almost pretty much over," Pitino told ESPN 680 host Bob Valvano. "I think everything’s behind us right now."
Pitino would not say whether he has met with the NCAA regarding the investigation but said the university has done as much as it possibly can to punish the basketball program and remedy the problem.
"There are certain things, I used to say if somebody asked me a question I’d just answer it, and the NCAA just doesn’t want you to," Pitino said. "They can hit you with extra violations if you even talk about certain things, so I’ve learned a lot about the NCAA that I didn’t know about for 30 years, through this process. You just let them do their job, and certainly the university has done everything that they can to justify the mistakes that were made, and then you move forward. And certainly we will. We’ll have a great team coming back next year. "
The NCAA’s investigation stems from allegations made by former Louisville escort Katina Powell, who authored a book that claims former Louisville staffer Andre McGee paid her to provide strippers and escorts for players and recruits from 2010-14.
In wake of the scandal allegations, the school announced a self-imposed postseason ban in February and issued additional sanctions last week that include scholarship reductions and recruiting restrictions.