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LAWYER: Katina Powell wants immunity before cooperating with NCAA sex scandal investigation

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Photo from "Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen," from Indianapolis Business Journal Book Publishing. Photo from "Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen," from Indianapolis Business Journal Book Publishing.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- NCAA Investigators are in town, reportedly interviewing coaches and players about the U of L basketball team sex scandal -- but  the lawyer for the woman who brought the allegations to light  says she won't cooperate unless she gets something in return. 

Katina Powell's lawyer, Larry Wilder, talking to Louisville radio host Jason Anderson on ESPN 680 Tuesday.

"They want to make her the scapegoat in a criminal prosecution," Wilder said.

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

Wilder says Powell wants immunity from criminal prosecution before she allows access to documents that corroborate her story to NCAA investigators. Immunity would have to be granted by the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office. 

"There seems to be this flourish of desire to burn her at the stake in Jefferson County, Kentucky, so without the assurance that is not going to occur, we believe that is the position we would have to take," Wilder said during the interview.

Wilder's comments come on the same day ESPN reports NCAA investigators were on campus interviewing U of L players and coaches about the allegations. U of L has hired its own investigator to figure out what's true: Chuck Smrt, former of the NCAA.

"In some ways I think it's a good thing for U of L because it means the investigation is moving forward -- maybe getting closer to a resolution of U of L getting its own findings, the NCAA getting its findings, and then they can make a determination of what's actually going to happen to the basketball program," said WDRB sports columnist Rick Bozich.

U of L President James Ramsey addressed the scandal for the second time since its broke through a written statement, but this time he left out names and offerings of support, simply saying "We are one university and we are addressing this as one university - not an isolated athletic issue."

"I think its an acknowledgement -- a belated acknowledgement -- that this is a very serious issue that effects more than the basketball program," Bozich said. "A week ago when U of L was on ESPN all day long, and then The View, getting pummeled like this. It was not good for the University. I think Dr. Ramsey stepped forward to reassure students that we're trying to look out for the reputation and the image of the University, so when people think of U of L they just don't think of this scandal." 

Meantime, it will be players answering questions Wednesday at ACC Media Day in Charlotte. Rick Pitino announced last week that he's staying behind, taking the advice of his lawyers. 

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