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CRAWFORD | In radio interview, Pitino says investigation into Louisville program 'pretty much over'

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- University of Louisville coach Rick Pitino, speaking on The V Show with host Bob Valvano of ESPN Radio 680 in Louisville, said on Tuesday that he believes the university and NCAA investigations into his program are nearing an end.

Sources close to the investigation have told WDRB that Pitino has yet to meet with the NCAA. The coach said he couldn't confirm or deny that to Valvano, just as he has said to WDRB. Still, Pitino seems to believe with yet another round of self-imposed sanctions having been handed down by the school last week, the process may be wrapping up.

The school and NCAA have been investigating allegations brought by former Louisville escort Katina Powell in a tell-all book, claiming she provided strippers and escorts to U of L players and recruits in exchange for payments from former director of basketball operations Andre McGee.

"It's almost pretty much over," Pitino told Valvano. "I think everything's behind us right now. You're right, I can't say publicly whether I have or have not (spoken with the NCAA)."

Pitino spoke by phone with Valvano from his home in Miami. Part of the sanctions the school announced last week keep Pitino and his staff off the road for recruiting this month, though they may still have other NCAA-approved interaction with recruits. The school last week announced scholarship reduction and recruiting restrictions, to go along with a postseason ban it enacted in February.

"There are certain things, I used to say if somebody asked me a question I'd just answer it, and the NCAA just doesn't want you to," Pitino said. "They can hit you with extra violations if you even talk about certain things, so I've learned a lot about the NCAA that I didn't know about for 30 years, through this process. You just let them do their job, and certainly the university has done everything that they can to justify the mistakes that were made, and then you move forward. And certainly we will. We'll have a great team coming back next year. "

A recording of the wide-ranging, 26-minute interview, can be heard here.

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