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U of L President James Ramsey addresses Katina Powell sex scandal in e-mail

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University of Louisville President Dr. James Ramsey (source: WDRB file photo) University of Louisville President Dr. James Ramsey (source: WDRB file photo)
Hard cover edition of Katina Powell's Breaking Cardinal Rules (WDRB photo by Eric Crawford) Hard cover edition of Katina Powell's Breaking Cardinal Rules (WDRB photo by Eric Crawford)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- University of Louisville President James Ramsey addressed the recent sex scandal involving the men's basketball team in an e-mail he distributed Tuesday morning.

The e-mail is addressed to "the Campus Community." In it, Ramsey pledges to address the allegations "in a complete, thorough investigative way." He also promised to address them as "one university – not an isolated athletic issue."

The contents of the e-mail are as follows:

To the Campus Community:

My sincere thanks to those of you who were able to attend our campus forums last week, either in person or through the live-streaming.  The forums focused primarily on the next steps for moving forward with our University of the 21st Century discussions. We appreciate your further feedback and questions – feel free to continue to communicate with Interim Provost Pinto or me as we move forward. 

As mentioned in my State of the University address, it is now time for us to move forward with these initiatives.  At the same time, we must move forward prudently with continued campus discussions and input to ensure the success of these important initiatives. 

In addition, we as an institution are working to address the allegations made concerning the men’s basketball program in a complete, thorough investigative way.  As previously discussed, immediately upon hearing the allegations, we employed our own investigator – Chuck Smrt, a former NCAA official.  We do not know the timing of the findings that will be forthcoming from this report, but Chuck has been working with the NCAA in a process that is both deliberate and thorough.

We are one university and we are addressing this as one university – not an isolated athletic issue. So we are doing all that we can in the days and weeks ahead to emphasize the important work of you, our faculty, staff and students, and the amazing things that continue to happen at UofL. I know that you join me in celebrating the great history and tradition that is the University of Louisville.

We pledge to do the very best that we can during this time to find out what, if anything, occurred while we continue to focus on our daily responsibilities. Thank you for all that you do, and thank you to the great number of you who have expressed support and prayers for both me and the university.

James Ramsey

In her book, "Breaking Cardinal Rules," Katina Powell claimed that she and her daughters performed sexual favors for University of Louisville men's basketball recruits and players.

Coach Rick Pitino denies any knowledge of the allegations made in the book.

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