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BOZICH | Louisville scandal, Pitino featured in "60 Minutes, Sports" segment

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The Louisville basketball scandal is featured in the latest "60 Minutes, Sports," program. The Louisville basketball scandal is featured in the latest "60 Minutes, Sports," program.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The University of Louisville sex scandal continues to kick up national news.

This time it’s "60 Minutes, Sports," that has produced a 13-minute segment that features the issues surrounding U of L coach Rick Pitino as well as Larry Brown of SMU and Jim Boeheim of Syracuse.

The story, titled, "Three Kings," examines the NCAA issues that will keep U of L and SMU out of the 2016 NCAA Tournament and pushed Syracuse to the sidelines last season. It focuses on the concept of "plausible deniability," the idea that rules can be violated at a program without the knowledge of a head coach.

The story is available for viewing on Showtime, which requires a subscription.

Armen Keteyian wrote and appeared in the story. He said that Pitino, as well as Brown and Boeheim, declined to speak to "60 Minutes."

The most stinging comments came from Alexander Wolff, a Hall of Fame writer at Sports Illustrated. Wolff traced the history of the "plausible deniability," to the strategy of protecting President Richard Nixon in the White House during the Watergate Scandal in the early Seventies.

"We have these coaches who give these seminars and high-ticket speaking engagements and (write) best-selling books that business people are always purchasing," Wolff said. "And they make themselves out to be General (George) Patton.

"When something hits the fan, suddenly they're Sergeant Schultz and don't know anything.

"Wouldn't it be nice if somebody raised their hand at some point and said, 'It's on me. I'll step down?' "

Taking the opposing view was another coach who did speak with Keteyian -- Michigan State's Tom Izzo, a candidate for the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame this year.

Izzo said that it was likely he only knew "30-to-40 percent," of what occurred in his program.

"Do I ever sleep with both eyes shut?" Izzo said. "Not in this job. Never will."

Izzo's program has not been afoul of NCAA rules in his two decades on the job, but he will never claim perfection.

"I do not kiss my wife good night without calling my compliance person and asking if it's OK," he said. "I just wonder if the people making these rules run their lives the same way."

Keteyian also spoke to Jonathan Duncan, the NCAA vice president of enforcement; Joe Nocera, a sports/business columnist at the New York Times and Arne Duncan, the former U. S. Secretary of Education.

Jonathan Duncan told Keteyian that NCAA coaches were the driving force to make the leaders of the programs responsible for what happened inside their programs after a series of issues that developed in 2005.

But he said that it was wrong to suggest the NCAA expects head coaches to know everything that develops in a program.

"We don't expect a coach to be all-knowing in terms of everything that happens in his or her staff," Duncan said.

"What we do expect is for the coach to communicate genuinely and sincerely that compliance is paramount and that they will follow-up by monitoring those people closest to him or her and the others on his or her staff."

Nocera compared the Pitino, Brown and Boeheim situations to the national financial scandal of 2008, when banking CEOs were saying, "We didn't know. We didn't know."

Arne Duncan said that he recommended changing the bonus structure in coaches' contracts. Duncan said that bonuses should be driven by academic, not athletic success. He said that the money in the game is now pushing "everybody in the wrong direction."

He was particularly upset by the academic scandal that remains under investigation at North Carolina, calling a course system that was created to deny athletes their opportunity to attend legitimate classes "mind-boggling."

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