The Louisville Cardinal http://www.louisvillecardinal.com U of L's Independent Student Newspaper Fri, 23 Jun 2017 01:45:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 http://www.louisvillecardinal.com/media/2016/05/cropped-lc-logo-1-32x32.png The Louisville Cardinal http://www.louisvillecardinal.com 32 32 Takeaways from back-to-back Foundation meetings http://www.louisvillecardinal.com/2017/06/takeaways-from-back-to-back-foundation-meetings/ http://www.louisvillecardinal.com/2017/06/takeaways-from-back-to-back-foundation-meetings/#respond Fri, 23 Jun 2017 01:45:08 +0000 http://www.louisvillecardinal.com/?p=49055 By Shelby Brown– The new forensic investigation committee, U of L Real Estate Foundation and the U of L Foundation board of directors met in succession June 22, barely breaking for lunch. The forensic group, still in its infancy, kept a short agenda, discussing only committee goals. ULREF approved their 2017-18 operating budget. Foundation Chief […]

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By Shelby Brown–

The new forensic investigation committee, U of L Real Estate Foundation and the U of L Foundation board of directors met in succession June 22, barely breaking for lunch. The forensic group, still in its infancy, kept a short agenda, discussing only committee goals.

ULREF approved their 2017-18 operating budget. Foundation Chief Operating Officer Keith Sherman said budgets have “moving parts” and “nominal changes” could come in the year.

Both ULREF and the foundation board examined May financials. Director of accounting operations Jason Ruhl says current cash could run ULREF for more than 600 days.

Ernst and Young, one of the “big four” accounting firms, was selected for the foundation’s annual financial audit.

“I don’t think they’ll leave a stone unturned,” Sherman said.

Concern arose about the drop in donors during the board of directors meeting. Ruhl agreed that gifts are down, but explained that a one-time $20 million gift last year mitigates the 2016-17 $32 million drop.

Chairwoman Diane Medley disagreed with Board Chair David Grissom saying the loss of donors was a “hemorrhage.”

“I didn’t expect a high level of giving,” Medley said. She said the university is in a “place of positioning.”


Kathleen Smith Fired

Former aide to President James Ramsey, Kathleen Smith was fired by the foundation. Smith’s attorney, Ann Oldfather emailed media her client’s pay and benefits had ceased. Sherman later confirmed in a written statement that Smith had been let go. She had been on paid leave since September.

Following adjournment, Medley and Sherman had little to say on the matter. Oldfather, however, blasted a statement defending her client.

Interim possibly sought for Tomlinson

Sherman announced the board would possibly search for a temporary replacement for Chief Financial Officer Jason Tomlinson, who has reportedly been on paid vacation. Barely 24 hours after the forensic audit rocked U of L, the foundation announced Tomlinson had been placed on paid leave.

Medley contradicted previous reports at a June 14 foundation meeting saying that Tomlinson’s leave was “mutually agreed upon.”

“We didn’t put him on leave, he took leave,” she said.

Again, board members offered no comment at the June 22 meeting “out of respect” to Tomlinson.

SACS

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools is scheduled to visit in September, and render an accreditation decision in December.  SACS has expanded their investigation into the university’s finances. Previously the association was concerned with governance issues.

ULREF owes the university $9.8 million. Sherman is confident that ULREF will be able to pay back “at least some” of the money. Postel warned that SAC’s recommendations could require repayment in months instead of years.

 

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U of L Foundation fires Kathleen Smith http://www.louisvillecardinal.com/2017/06/brief-kathleen-smith-fired-by-u-of-l-foundation/ http://www.louisvillecardinal.com/2017/06/brief-kathleen-smith-fired-by-u-of-l-foundation/#respond Thu, 22 Jun 2017 23:18:43 +0000 http://www.louisvillecardinal.com/?p=49051 By Shelby Brown– The U of L Foundation has fired administrative officer Kathleen Smith, who had been on paid leave following the resignation last fall of former President James Ramsey. Chief Operating Officer Keith Sherman confirmed Smith’s contract was terminated, saying he had no further comment. During the forensic investigation committee meeting today, Smith went […]

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By Shelby Brown–

The U of L Foundation has fired administrative officer Kathleen Smith, who had been on paid leave following the resignation last fall of former President James Ramsey. Chief Operating Officer Keith Sherman confirmed Smith’s contract was terminated, saying he had no further comment.

During the forensic investigation committee meeting today, Smith went unmentioned. But Smith’s lawyer, Ann Oldfather, wrote the foundation board stopped Smith’s salary and benefits effective June 22.

Oldfather lashed out at the directors in a statement, blaming them for  sexism, breach of contract and scapegoating.

“(N)ow they need a ‘fall girl’ with almost $2 million paid for the ‘you can’t rely on this’ Alvarez and Marsal ‘information,'” Oldfather said. “And Kathleen, who never had a vote on any foundation decision, is it.”

On June 8, Oldfather called the investigation a “one sided smear campaign,” stressing the 46 years Smith devoted to the university and foundation.

Smith was named foundation chief administrative officer by Ramsey just before he resigned Sept. 16, 2016. Since September, Smith has been on a $242,000 paid leave.

Smith’s name is found multiple times in the audit. The auditors detailed emails showing Smith trying to hide deferred compensation going back to 2008. Smith suggested that Minerva, a foundation subsidiary company handling the $22 million in compensation, should have a nickname.

“Thought taking the vowel out of Minerva could work too,” Smith suggested to foundation attorney David Saffer in an email. “(It) needs to be difficult to figure out for the media.”

Smith asked how to move foundation LLCs “into something more obscure that would be difficult to find” via open records requests. While Smith worked on obscuring paper trails, auditors report she also destroyed them. In a 2012 message to athletics COO Kevin Miller, Smith asked him to “destroy (his) earlier note to (her.)” She told him she had “done the same here.”

Foundation Chairwoman Diane Medley said no additional progress regarding litigation has been made despite executive sessions at nearly every meeting recently.

The foundation board formed a forensic investigation ad hoc committee June 14 to further examine audit issues.

“We don’t want to instigate litigation that’s not accurate,” Medley said.

While the board of directors offered few words, Smith’s attorney calls her dismissal a “cowardly failure” at transparency.

“We will speak for Kathleen and a fully-informed jury can decide if she was worth it,” Oldfather said.

 

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U of L professor dies in China http://www.louisvillecardinal.com/2017/06/u-of-l-professor-dies-in-china/ http://www.louisvillecardinal.com/2017/06/u-of-l-professor-dies-in-china/#respond Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:00:56 +0000 http://www.louisvillecardinal.com/?p=49034 By Shelby Brown– Mathematics Professor Prasanna “Ron” Sahoo died June 18 while at a symposium in China. Sahoo just celebrated 30 years with U of L, according to Dean Kimberly Kempf-Leonard. “(H)e was a prolific researcher, a great teacher and mentor and a good friend,” Kempf-Leonard said in an email. “He will be missed greatly!” Kempf-Leonard added Sahoo […]

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By Shelby Brown–

Mathematics Professor Prasanna “Ron” Sahoo died June 18 while at a symposium in China. Sahoo just celebrated 30 years with U of L, according to Dean Kimberly Kempf-Leonard.

“(H)e was a prolific researcher, a great teacher and mentor and a good friend,” Kempf-Leonard said in an email. “He will be missed greatly!”

Kempf-Leonard added Sahoo was excited to attend the “prestigious” conference with his family.

Sahoo has received international honors from India, Poland and Canada, and helped author four books on mathematics and biology. His research has been cited in dozens of others.

This article will be updated.

 

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Baseball faces TCU in elimination game of College World Series http://www.louisvillecardinal.com/2017/06/baseball-faces-tcu-elimination-game-college-world-series/ http://www.louisvillecardinal.com/2017/06/baseball-faces-tcu-elimination-game-college-world-series/#respond Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:47:55 +0000 http://www.louisvillecardinal.com/?p=49042 By Dalton Ray– In baseball’s first College World Series since 2014, the Cardinals opened their Omaha experience with a 8-4 win over Texas A&M — the first ever win for U of L in the CWS. Facing No. 3 seed Florida, Louisville fell 5-2. U of L will play TCU on June 22 at 8 […]

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In baseball’s first College World Series since 2014, the Cardinals opened their Omaha experience with a 8-4 win over Texas A&M — the first ever win for U of L in the CWS. Facing No. 3 seed Florida, Louisville fell 5-2. U of L will play TCU on June 22 at 8 p.m. in a win-or-go-home game.

The Cardinals used a five-run inning to prevail against the Aggies in their first game. Going up against their second straight SEC team in Florida, the Gators used a pair of home runs to create the difference. A solo shot in the in the third inning and a three-run homer in the fourth inning was all UF needed.

Louisville left seven runners stranded and senior Colin Lyman recorded the only RBI for U of L. Junior Brendan McKay recorded a pair of doubles.

The loss to the Gators places U of L in the elimination bracket. Their opponent in six-seed TCU (48-17) who lost Florida in game one, but eliminated Texas A&M to stay alive.

The Horned Frogs won the Big 12 regular season championship and are led by outfielder Austen Wade and pitcher Brian Howard.

Evan Skoug is tied for 10th in the nation with 20 home runs and Nolan Brown is tied for 11th with 26 stolen bases.

TCU started the season at No. 1 by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and have stayed in the top 10 all season.

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By Dalton Ray and Micah Brown —

Finishing 2016 with a 9-4 record, football enters their fourth season under coach Bobby Petrino. Dropping the final three games of last season, Louisville looks to rebound in their season opener Sept. 2.

The second annual TLC weekly football position breakdown is here. Our staff will take an in-depth look at each position group every Sunday, finishing on Aug. 20. Our first group we dive into is the quarterbacks.

Lamar Jackson, junior

2016 stats: (Passing) 230-for-409, 52.6 completion percentage, 3,543 yards, 30 touchdowns and nine interceptions

(Rushing) 260 attempts, 1,571 yards, 6.0 yards per carry and 21 touchdowns

There’s not much to say about Jackson that hasn’t been said. Cardinal fans knew his potential after watching the freshman light up Texas A&M in the Music City Bowl, but calling the dual-threat quarterback a Heisman winner seemed far-fetched. However, Jackson hurdled his way into the Heisman discussion during the 2016 season and silenced many critics.

The Heisman winner showed no signs of slowing down after a five-touchdown performance against then-second-ranked Florida State. Jackson finished the season with an ACC-record for most rushing yards (1,571) and rushing touchdowns (21) by a quarterback.

While it may get lost in his game’s glamour, Jackson must improve in passing decisions, going through progressions and ball security. If he is able to transition to become a pocket-passer, Jackson could be in the discussion for another Heisman trophy.

Jawon Pass, redshirt freshman

2016 stats: N/A

Receiving offers from college football blue-bloods such as Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Ohio State, LSU and Notre Dame, Pass will backup Jackson in 2017. Redshirting as a freshman, Pass ended high school with some impressive rankings, but he is still a raw prospect.

“Puma” Pass had his first chance throwing for a Louisville crowd in the 2017 spring game. He threw an unimpressive four interceptions and missed multiple open throws.

The 6-foot-5, big-armed quarterback will likely see the field only in blowouts this season, but is priming himself for a big 2018.

Sean McCormack, sophomore

2016 stats: N/A

From Hinsdale High School in Illinois, McCormack catapulted from a big senior year into a walk-on spot at U of L. Passing for six touchdowns during the second round of state playoffs as a senior, McCormack ended his final season with 3,041 passing yards and 35 touchdowns.

Clay Bolin, redshirt freshman

2016 stats: N/A

The younger brother of former U of L quarterback Kyle Bolin, Clay Bolin played his freshman season at Morehead State and transferred to Louisville in January of 2017.

At Bourbon County High School, Bolin passed for 3,002 yards and 23 touchdowns in his senior season and owns every passing record at his alma matter. Bolin doesn’t have the biggest frame — 6-foot and 190 pounds  — but has a strong arm and drives the ball into receivers.

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NCAA’s unreasonable punishments hurt all the wrong people http://www.louisvillecardinal.com/2017/06/ncaas-unreasonable-punishments-hurt-wrong-people/ http://www.louisvillecardinal.com/2017/06/ncaas-unreasonable-punishments-hurt-wrong-people/#respond Fri, 16 Jun 2017 17:06:26 +0000 http://www.louisvillecardinal.com/?p=49002 By Megan Brewer– The NCAA’s Committee of Infractions punishment on U of L’s men’s basketball program was an extreme nobody expected. The NCAA was investigating U of L after a sex scandal was brought to light through Katina Powell’s book “Breaking Cardinal Rules.” The scandal involved former basketball operations director Andre McGee. Punishments include suspending coach Rick […]

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By Megan Brewer–

The NCAA’s Committee of Infractions punishment on U of L’s men’s basketball program was an extreme nobody expected.

The NCAA was investigating U of L after a sex scandal was brought to light through Katina Powell’s book “Breaking Cardinal Rules.” The scandal involved former basketball operations director Andre McGee.

Punishments include suspending coach Rick Pitino from the first five ACC games, putting the program on a four-year probation and potentially vacating wins from 2010 to 2014. These are on top of the penalties U of L self-imposed in 2015.

In a conference held shortly after the NCAA announced its ruling, Pitino said “I feel, like everyone else up here, this is unfair, over the top and severe” referring to the punishments.

The NCAA’s penalties are “over the top.” They want to make a statement saying scandals like this are not okay, but their statement reads more like “we just need to do something.”

Let’s start with Pitino’s five-game suspension. This is not only a punishment for Pitino, but for his future players who had nothing to do with the scandal too. Punishing Pitino makes sense, but he’s already been punished with the self-imposed postseason ban.

The four-year probation also punishes future players for past mistakes. What does this accomplish more than a postseason ban did?

Nothing, except punishing players for McGee’s mistake.

The kicker is potentially vacating wins, which could include the 2013 national championship. Vacating a national championship is punishment to all the wrong people.

There is no evidence Pitino knew about the scandal, so being held responsible for failing to monitor his staff is ridiculous. He should be able to trust his staff with players and recruits like any university coach.

Vacating a national championship hurts Pitino, former players, current players and U of L as a whole. That punishment is not the way to make a statement. Taking away something the team has earned for someone else’s mistake is not the best option here.

The biggest problem is the severity of punishments on the university level compared to mild punishments for McGee and Powell.

The NCAA’s punishments are so extreme it’s as if they have some underlying evidence no one else does, including the Jefferson County District Court.

How can lack of evidence be the reason McGee and Powell were not indicted, but the NCAA has enough evidence to impose such harsh and extensive punishments?

The punishments placed upon U of L achieve nothing useful to the scandal. McGee and Powell are living without worry. The NCAA completely contradicted the Jefferson County court, making it look like the investigators that presented evidence to the court could have found enough evidence to indict them.

The NCAA has made themselves look confused about what they’re doing.

The NCAA needs to do better. They need to go after McGee, the person responsible for the scandal and reevaluate their punishments.

If the NCAA really wants to make a statement about this scandal, they should get their ducks in line first.

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Reassessing the whirlwind of the NCAA punishment on men’s basketball http://www.louisvillecardinal.com/2017/06/reassessing-whirlwind-ncaa-punishment-mens-basketball/ http://www.louisvillecardinal.com/2017/06/reassessing-whirlwind-ncaa-punishment-mens-basketball/#respond Thu, 15 Jun 2017 22:55:42 +0000 http://www.louisvillecardinal.com/?p=48990 By Dalton Ray–  Ninety minutes after the NCAA’s Committee of Infractions decided on the men’s basketball sex scandal, coach Rick Pitino, Interim President Greg Postel, athletic director Tom Jurich, advisor Chuck Smrt and senior associate AD Kenny Klein addressed a room full of media members in Grawemeyer Hall. Postel started the conference explaining how much U of […]

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By Dalton Ray– 

Ninety minutes after the NCAA’s Committee of Infractions decided on the men’s basketball sex scandal, coach Rick Pitino, Interim President Greg Postel, athletic director Tom Jurich, advisor Chuck Smrt and senior associate AD Kenny Klein addressed a room full of media members in Grawemeyer Hall.

Postel started the conference explaining how much U of L cooperated with the NCAA during the process, saying the university will appeal the NCAA ruling.

Smrt, a former NCAA enforcement staffer for nearly 20 years, has assisted U of L with their ongoing investigation since 2015. Expected to quarterback their process to regain good graces with the NCAA, the legal expert didn’t anticipate this type of punishment.

“The penalties exceeded our expectations … the severity of this penalty, we think, exceeds the severity of this case,” Smrt said.

Fielding the first line of questions, Smrt absorbed all questions about what the NCAA dished out.

“We imposed penalties what we thought were the guidelines directed by the NCAA in this type of case,” Smrt said. “That’s why we imposed a postseason band, obviously which was very significant. We imposed scholarship cuts, which were very significant. The additional penalties imposed by the committee are the ones that surprised us.”

After giving all the legal lingo one could, Smrt dropped the bombshell Louisville fans didn’t want to hear.

“At this time we believe (the vacation of records) could impact 108 regular season games and approximately 15 NCAA wins,” Smrt said.

Of the 15 postseason wins is the 2012 Final Four run and the 2013 national title.

Five minutes into the conference, Pitino made his first statement.

“For 35 years I’ve had a lot of faith in the NCAA and reacted that way accordingly as a head coach with belief in their rules,” Pitino said. “I feel, like everyone else up here, this is unfair, over the top and severe. But personally, I’ve lost a lot of faith in the NCAA.”

Pitino then said he would put his faith in the appeals committee and that U of L will win the process because it’s what is “right and just.”

When asked if Pitino thought this would hurt recruiting, he responded, “We’ve had the best recruiting class (this season) we’ve had in 16 years, and probably a better one next year.”

After Pitino answered questions for about five minutes, reporters asked Smrt for the logistics. Smrt indicated the appeal process would be a “back-and-forth” situation which will last around three months.

Players’ ineligibility was the next topic, as Smrt explained how players can become ineligible. That status would remain until the player(s) are reinstated or their eligibility runs out. This is an argument for the U of L appeal.

“One of our basis for our response for the vacation not being appropriate was if these athletes would have gone through the restoration process at that time, they would have been restored without loss of eligibility,” Smrt said.

Smrt said the COI justified its penalties by the nature of McGee’s benefits, while U of L believes the value of those benefits should be penalized.

One of the more intense exchanges in the 30-minutes press conference was when Pitino was asked what he is taking responsibility for in this scandal.

“I’m not going to answer that question,” Pitino said.

Moments later, Pitino said he takes responsibility for the program and leading his players and staff down the right path.

“I’ve had 31 coaches go on the be head coaches in college as well as assistant coaches in the pros — some of the best leaders in the game. One person did the wrong thing,” Pitino said.

Included in the NCAA’s penalties, Louisville must pay back any shared money from 2012-2015 postseason tournaments. U of L did not have estimates for how much that is at the time of the conference.

In a conference dominated by Smrt and Pitino, Jurich made his first statement 17 minutes in. The AD expressed how much U of L means to him and said he didn’t see this punishment coming.

“I thought we did everything above and beyond when we found out about this incident. My greatest disappointment is with the (NCAA) because we followed their guidelines to a ‘T’ and exceeded in most positions,” Jurich said. “We were overly aggressive in penalties we gave ourself and wanted to make sure we took this very seriously and responsibly. Not one time did I ever hear about a red flag.”

Whether more than one staff member knew what was going on between players and strippers is a huge part of this case. According to the NCAA’s findings, there was no evidence anyone aside from McGee knew about the situation.

Pitino ended the conference with a statement. “Leaders lead. I plan on staying here and winning multiple championships, not just one. I plan on going to multiple Final Fours, not just one. And that’s what leaders do,” Pitino said.

“We did not deserve what they gave us and that’s the bottom line. (The NCAA) made a very large mistake … we are just as disturbed as the committee is about the situation and we will fight every bit of it to the end.”

The saga surround the men’s basketball program began fall of 2015, and many expected the end to come today. But with the NCAA’s ruling, a third chapter appears to be coming.

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U of L extending audit, approved budget http://www.louisvillecardinal.com/2017/06/u-l-extending-audit-approved-budget/ http://www.louisvillecardinal.com/2017/06/u-l-extending-audit-approved-budget/#respond Thu, 15 Jun 2017 22:50:45 +0000 http://www.louisvillecardinal.com/?p=48973 By Kyeland Jackson — U of L wants to continue the audit investigation, approving $200,000 more to extend the audit. The university’s board of trustees extended the audit Thursday, setting aside up to $200,000 to pay the firm Alvarez and Marsal to investigate more. But, board chair David Grissom did not say what else U […]

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U of L wants to continue the audit investigation, approving $200,000 more to extend the audit.

The university’s board of trustees extended the audit Thursday, setting aside up to $200,000 to pay the firm Alvarez and Marsal to investigate more. But, board chair David Grissom did not say what else U of L wants the audit to investigate.

“We have more to do,” Grissom said. “There’s a need to refine further and glean even more information that already has been pulled together by A&M. It’s just a question of refining the audit further.”

That audit ripped into former U of L president James Ramsey and his administration for overspending, hiding information from the public and more. In response to the audit, the U of L Foundation created a committee to investigate the audit’s findings and bring governance suggestions to the full ULF board. Grissom said legal action, also urged by U of L staff and started by Kentucky’s Attorney General, will be decided by the board’s July meeting.

In the meantime, Grissom allayed concerns from students and constituents.

“This board is totally committed to getting to the bottom of all the problems,” Grissom said. “We’re going to do the best we humanly can to move towards a restoration of the university’s reputation.”

Response to the NCAA’s hammer

In response to punishment by the NCAA Grissom said the situation saddens him.

“We’re going to prosecute the appeal and do the best we can to restore the reputation of the university from the athletic standpoint,” Grissom said.

Those punishments suspend men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino from the first five Atlantic Coast Conference games and could endanger U of L’s 2013 championship win.

Grissom declined to say whether U of L would fire athletic staff, or its athletic director, to restore U of L’s reputation.

U of L budget: flat tuition, higher fees

The board approved the upcoming year’s budget, keeping tuition flat but increasing parking and housing fees. Other fees include increases to Arts and Sciences’ technology, U of L’s social work school and the school of medicine. The budget is also $43 million less than last year, decreased in part by low enrollment numbers, debt and contract obligations.

Trustee, university donor and Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter questioned the non-resident tuition costs. Schnatter says he did not attend U of L because of non-resident costs for him as an Indiana resident, and expects those costs deter students from choosing U of L.

“I’m just wondering if we’re not sending a bad signal to run people off of that from out-of-state,” Schnatter said. “If I could’ve paid in-state tuition, I would’ve gone to U of L.”

Interim President Greg Postel said the board would review those suggestions as it plans tuition costs for next year.

Student Government Association President Aaron Vance was the only trustee to vote nay on the budget.

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Rick Pitino suspended by NCAA and men’s basketball placed on four-year probation http://www.louisvillecardinal.com/2017/06/rick-pitino-suspended-ncaa-mens-basketball-place-four-year-probation/ http://www.louisvillecardinal.com/2017/06/rick-pitino-suspended-ncaa-mens-basketball-place-four-year-probation/#respond Thu, 15 Jun 2017 15:47:45 +0000 http://www.louisvillecardinal.com/?p=48974 By Dalton Ray– The NCAA has suspended men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino for the first five ACC games of the 2017-2018 season and placed the program on a four-year probation. The sanctions result from the NCAA’s investigation into a sex scandal brought to national attention by Katina Powell’s book ‘Breaking Cardinal Rules’ in fall of […]

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By Dalton Ray–

The NCAA has suspended men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino for the first five ACC games of the 2017-2018 season and placed the program on a four-year probation. The sanctions result from the NCAA’s investigation into a sex scandal brought to national attention by Katina Powell’s book ‘Breaking Cardinal Rules’ in fall of 2015.

U of L also faces a vacation of basketball records for ineligible student-athletes competing between December 2010 to July 2014.

“The university will provide a written report containing the games impacted (by the vacation of records),” the NCAA’s release said, “to the NCAA media coordination and statistics staff within 45 days of the public decision release.”

The NCAA is not discussing games impacted by the sanctions — which wins will or will not be taken away — because of “standard practice.”

Louisville faces a reduction in scholarships and recruiting restrictions during probation, a $5,000 fine and would return some money earned for its appearances in the 2012 to 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championships.

Interim President Greg Postel said the university will appeal the NCAA’s decision.

“The entire U of L community is saddened by what took place. It never should have happened, and that is why the school acted to severely penalize itself in 2016,” Postel’s statement said. “Today, however, the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions went beyond what we consider to be fair and reasonable. We intend to appeal all aspects of the penalties.”

“The person responsible for these activities, Andre McGee, long ago left the university, and he has yet to cooperate with investigating officials. We are disappointed that he was not cooperative. In contrast, U of L did cooperate. We wanted the NCAA Enforcement Staff to uncover what happened. We have been open and transparent throughout this process.”

McGee, the former director of basketball operations, has received a 10-year show cause order and former assistant coach Brandon Williams received a one-year show cause order. A show-cause order bars McGee from all athletic-related duties and from interacting with possible students and their parents at NCAA schools. Williams could lose some or all athletic privileges like McGee, but the NCAA university employing him would decide.

“NCAA members agree that schools must provide a safe, healthy and positive environment for their student-athletes, not only academically, but in all facets of their lives,” the panel said. “The former operations director, the individual entrusted to keep order at Minardi Hall, created an environment that has no place on a college campus and was directly at odds with college athletics and higher education.”

By not cooperating, McGee and Williams violated the NCAA ethical conduct rules.

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By Kyeland Jackson —

The University of Louisville Foundation created an ad-hoc committee to investigate last week’s audit.

The committee, chaired by trustee Earl Reed and including the ULF Chair Diane Medley, would investigate the audit and recommend governing changes to the foundation’s board. Medley says she was not surprised by the audit, and donor’s responses to the audit’s findings have been positive.

“This is some serious stuff in here that we need to make sure that we do vet thoroughly,” Medley said. “The report goes a long way of leading us down the path of where we need to look, which we very much appreciate, but there is more work to be done.”

That audit, by Alvarez and Marsal and released June 8, heaved monumental allegations at the ULF’s former administration. That administration was led by former U of L president James Ramsey, who was also president of the foundation. The report said his administration loaned $52 million to the ULF companies which may not be repaid, paid more than $21 million to administrators in deferred compensation, hid and destroyed information from the public to cover its tracks and more.

U of L Board of Trustees Chair David Grissom said the university shall investigate whether they will take legal action against some of those administrators. Attorney General Andy Beshear will too, investigating whether actions by Ramsey’s administration were criminal. U of L staff urged legal recourse for the former administration, extending their meeting an hour to discuss the audit.

Most of Ramsey’s administrators were deposed. Some, like the ULF’s Chief Financial Officer Jason Tomlinson, remain. But Tomlinson is on a “mutually agreed-upon” leave, according to Medley. She said she did not know when Tomlinson was put on leave or if it was indefinite.

Kathleen Smith, Ramsey’s former secretary, was put on paid leave in September 2016. Smith was, allegedly, the administrator trying to cover the ULF’s tracks, cited in multiple emails within the audit. Smith’s attorney, Ann Oldfather, disputed the audit. Further, Oldfather asked the foundation pay Smith’s legal fees for defending “pending investigative proceedings” by the university and the foundation. She expects that could be up to $50,000.

“The current Board does not know Ms. Smith, nor could it possibly be fully informed of all material facts,” Oldfather’s email, sent to foundation executives Wednesday morning, said. “It would be in derogation of the directors’ duties under KRS 273.215 (to make decisions on an ‘informed basis’) were they to act on the Alvarez and Marsal ‘Information.'”

Those limitations, prefaced in the audit, say it did not follow standard auditing procedures. But Medley said the audit seems accurate.

Grissom, Medley and the full U of L board meet tomorrow. Litigation and separation from the U of L hospital may be discussed.

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