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U of L responds to allegations that assistant coach paid escorts to have sex with recruits

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- U of L is responding to allegations that an assistant coach paid escorts to have sex with basketball recruits.

School officials addressed allegations in a soon-to-be-published book. In it, a woman claims that ex-U of L staffer Andre McGee paid her thousands of dollars to arrange for escorts for recruits and players.

McGee is a former grad assistant and director of operations. He also started on the team in 2008 and 2009.

U of L released a statement just before 4:30 p.m. Friday, saying that Chuck Smrt of the NCAA Compliance Group was retained by the university to conduct a "thorough, objective review of this information."

Yahoo! Sports says the book alleges that activity went on between escorts and Louisville athletes for four years and that more than $10,000 was exchanged.

U of L Athletics Director Tom Jurich, via phone from Raleigh, N.C., and head basketball coach Rick Pitino addressed the allegations at a press conference Friday evening.

Jurich said he first heard about the allegations after an associate athletic director at Indiana University asked an associated athletic director at U of L to identify a photo from an IU booster.

Jurich said he didn't know what the photo was, and he and basketball sports information director Kenny Klein both said they were never sent the photo.

Pitino said that he doesn't understand how this could have been covered up for four years and that 15 people connected to his staff told him they never had any knowledge of it.

"I'm shocked over this," Pitino said. "My heart is just taken out of my body and broken."

When asked whether he thought the allegations would put the Cardinals' 2013 National Championship in danger, Jurich said, "I have no idea."

Pitino later said he isn't worried that the title will be in jeopardy.

Just after 7 p.m. Friday, Indiana University sent WDRB an email thread containing that initial inquiry of the photo that U of L was asked about it.

IU Deputy Director of Athletics Scott Dolson sent an email on Aug. 28 to Kevin Miller, executive senior associated athletic director at U of L:

Kevin – Hope all is well!!   Below is an email from one of our all-time great IU benefactors Mickey Maurer….he needs some assistance in identifying one of your players in a photo and I told Mickey that I would connect him to you in hopes either you or someone in your department can help.   Thanks in advance for your help Kevin and keep in touch!!!

Mickey Maurer, a columnist and chairman of IBJ Media Corp., emailed both Miller and Klein on Aug. 31 with the following:

Guys,

Thanks for volunteering to help on this.  Turns out this is for a book that will not be favorable to the Uof L image.  I will understand if you don’t choose to assist but would be grateful if you do.  Thanks.

Klein responded to Maurer and Dolson on Aug. 31: 

That’s disturbing to hear about something unfavorable, but I suppose we could take a look at the photo, particularly if it is something that would be published in a book.

- Kenny

The University of Missouri-Kansas City sent a press release Friday evening saying that McGee, who is an assistant basketball coach there, is on administrative leave with pay, effective immediately.

IU Athletics released the following statement around 8 p.m. Friday:

On August 28th, Scott Dolson, Deputy Director of Athletics at IU, received an unsolicited email from university donor Mickey Mauer, seeking assistance in contacting a member of the Louisville Athletic Department for help in identifying a person in a picture.  As a professional courtesy, Dolson passed along the request to a colleague at Louisville, Kevin Miller, Executive Senior Associate Athletics Director, having no idea what the picture contained or for what purposes identification needed to be made.

On August 29th, Miller replied to the forwarded email and included Kenny Klein, Louisville's media relations director, asking him to help identify the person in the picture.   

On August 31st, Mauer sent another unsolicited email to Dolson and Klein.  The email noted that he needed the identification for a book that would not be favorable to Louisville and he understood if Louisville did not assist. 

Dolson then sent separate emails on August 31st to both Miller and Klein indicating he had no idea what this was about and asked that Louisville handle as they deem appropriate.

Indiana officials learned of the Louisville investigation and the contents of the book today through media reports, the same time it was made public.

At no time did Indiana University have contact with the NCAA on this issue, contact a member of the media or act in malice in any way towards Louisville, and any suggestion contrary to these facts is false.

This is a developing story and we will continue to bring you updates on WDRB and WDRB.com.

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