Louisville investigating claims of escort use in recruiting

LOUISVILLE, KY  (AP) – The Louisville men’s basketball program is again the subject of embarrassing allegations.

The school says it has launched an investigation into allegations that former Cardinals staffer Andre McGee paid an escort service to provide sex for recruits. The allegations by Katina Powell are in an upcoming book from a publishing arm of the Indianapolis Business Journal. Some details of the book were published Friday on the Journal’s web site and said that McGee hired Powell to provide strippers and prostitutes for recruits and some of their fathers during a four-year period.

Louisville said it learned of the allegations in August and immediately notified the NCAA. Athletic director Tom Jurich said the school wants to get to the bottom of the situation.

McGee left Louisville in 2014 to become an assistant at Missouri-Kansas City. UMKC placed McGee on paid leave on Friday and said it was taking the allegations seriously.

The allegations have been revealed six years after a woman tried to extort money from Cardinals coach Rick Pitino following their affair. Pitino admitted to both having the affair and paying for her abortion.

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