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U of L Basketball Coach Rick Pitino says the scandal surrounding his program makes no sense

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Despite almost a week full of controversy, Coach Rick Pitino says he is here for his team and dedicated to finding the truth. He spoke with Terry Meiners on Newsradio 840/WHAS Thursday afternoon.

”I don't know what resigning would accomplish. I think that’s the cowardly way out,” said Pitino. “What does it do for the program if the head coach just runs away?”

The topic of resignation comes after a CBS Sports report that former recruit JaQuan Lyle confirms to NCAA investigators the "gist" of escort allegations to be true in "Breaking Cardinal Rules." A source close to the investigation also tells WDRB News that a former U of L player  said he once saw strippers in the players' dorm, but to his knowledge, no sex took place in that one instance.

Pitino, who says he keeps a tight ship and disciplines players for being late,  doesn't know how this could have happened.

“You're not going to get players by doing those types of things. What's the motive? It's driving me crazy, I don't understand any of it,” Pitino said.

As for Andre McGee, the man accused of organizing escort services for recruits,  Pitino has talked with him only once.

“To be honest with you I don't know if he told me the truth or not,” Pitino said.

He has been asked to cut off communication with McGee.

“I gave him a strong piece of my mind. He told me something that I can't really say, but it's not what came out in that book,” Pitino said.

McGee's attorney, Scott Cox, said of the CBS Sports report, "What does the ‘gist’ mean? This is going to be a long criminal and NCAA investigation. We're not going to comment on every rumor."

The University of Louisville is also speaking out. President James Ramsey in a statement said, "For the past 18 years, Tom Jurich has served as Athletic Director of an exemplary program at U of L. I fully support Tom as we work to identify the facts in this situation."

But in that letter there was no mention of Pitino. Pitino doesn't know why he wasn't included, but says he would leave if he was no longer wanted. 

“You're at the University of Louisville. You don't need any help with those artificial means to get players. This is one of the premiere programs in the nation,” Pitino said. 

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