BOZICH & CRAWFORD | About ESPN's latest Katina Powell interview; Pitino, Jurich meet
ESPN conducted a follow-up interview with Katina Powell in downtown Louisville Tuesday. Louisville coach Rick Pitino and AD Tom Jurich had a "positive" meeting.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – The University of Louisville basketball team won’t play in either the Atlantic Coast or NCAA basketball tournaments. But that doesn’t mean there is a lack of news surrounding the program.
Time to update the latest developments:
-- ESPN reporter John Barr interviewed Katina Powell and her attorney Larry Wilder in downtown Louisville late Tuesday morning. The network rented the 10th floor ballroom at the Seelbach Hotel and used a four-person production crew for the session.
Barr said the interviews will air at 10 a.m. Sunday on ESPN2 during “Outside the Lines.” Barr said the story had “some fresh information,” but would not say what information would be included in the report.
“People will want to watch,” Barr said.
In October, Barr and Jeff Goodman wrote this story for ESPN.com and reported that five unnamed former U of L players and recruits confirmed that they attended parties at Minardi Hall that featured strippers who were allegedly paid for by former U of L graduate assistant coach Andre McGee.
Powell wrote a book, “Breaking Cardinal Rules,” that alleged she provided about two dozen sex and stripping parties at Minardi Hall from 2010-to-2014. On Feb. 5, U of L president Dr. James Ramsey said the school would self-impose a post-season ban on the program this season because NCAA rules had been broken.
In a text message Tuesday afternoon, Wilder said, "Ms. Powell met with John Barr of ESPN's Outside the Lines today at 9:30 a.m. in a conference room at the Seelbach Hotel. Mr. Barr had questions about new information developed as well as discussed how her life has been affected by developments that have taken place since they initially interviewed her 5 months ago."
-- Two sources said that Powell completed a follow-up interview with NCAA investigators Monday.
One source said the interview focused on two former Louisville recruits who signed with other programs. Another source said that investigators asked Powell to corroborate items from her original interview.
The University of Louisville has yet to receive a formal notice of allegations from the NCAA.
-- A source close to the Louisville program said basketball coach Rick Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich did sit down and talk at the end of the season. Though not a party to their conversation, the source said others have described it as "positive."
-- Pitino has traveled to the Tampa area to recruit and to get together with friends. He said last week that he might travel to Indianapolis Wednesday to watch his son, Richard, coach Minnesota in the Big Ten Tournament. Minnesota will play Illinois at Bankers’ Life Fieldhouse at 4:30 p.m. Pitino is also expected to spend time with family in Miami after that. Minnesota has suffered a difficult season, losing 22 of 30 games, including 16 of 18 Big Ten games.
-- Pitino says he won’t watch the NCAA Tournament, but will make one media appearance next week, when he joins ESPN’s Mike (Greenberg) & Mike (Golic) to discuss the bracket and to make his picks.
-- If Pitino does decide to take a peek at the tournament, he’ll have plenty of former assistants to keep track follow. As many as five former Pitino assistants could make the field — Mick Cronin (Cincinnati), Kevin Willard (Seton Hall), Marvin Menzies (New Mexico State), Tubby Smith (Texas Tech) and Kevin Keatts (UNC-Wilmington).
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