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New indictment alleges Pitino knew of the bribery

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Former Louisville Cardinals head coach Rick Pitino said he did not know anything of the bribery investigation involving his former recruits. A federal indictment alleges that he actively knew about it.

The indictment alleges that he knew of the bribing of the family of a top recruit to join his program. The Hall of Fame coach reportedly participated in the plan to get the recruit.

Rick Pitino (Getty Images)

Rick Pitino (Getty Images)

The incident was recently unsealed against Adidas executive Jim Gatto. With the Adidas deal, almost 98% of the deal went to Pitino.

The previous indictment, which caught 10 individuals for their alleged involvement in transferring money from Adidas to amateur athletes. In exchange for the money, the players would secure their future at the institution.

“Coach-2,” as he’s been coined in the indictment, is reported to be Pitino, according to CBS News’ Dana Jacobson. It said he “was broadly aware of impropriety under his watch.”

This new indictment also has recordings between former Cardinals assistant coach Christian Dawkins and others of the scheme.

“Specifically, Dawkins explained that while [Pitino] and the University of Louisville were recruiting [2017 No. 14 prospect Brian Bowen], Dawkins asked [Pitino] to call James Gatto to request that [Adidas] provide the money requested by the family of [Bowen], which [Pitino] agreed to do.”

Pitino was then suspended by the school following the initial indictment. He was since been fired and David Padgett has been named the interim head coach.

“[I} had no knowledge of any plays to any recruits or their family,” Pitino said.

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