Kentucky Press News Service

Corruption in college basketball: Five things you need to know about the investigation

September 27, 2017 - 9:47am
On Tuesday morning, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York announced charges of fraud and corruption in college basketball. As of a result of a “covert” investigation, federal charges have been filed against 10 people with ties to college basketball, including four high-level assistant coaches. The U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation also held a news conference Tuesday to discuss the charges and take questions from the media. 2017-09-27T08:36:54-04:00

‘You can make millions off of one kid’: Details of the college basketball corruption case

September 27, 2017 - 9:47am
The federal documents released to the public Tuesday related to the corruption investigation into college basketball contained detailed allegations against some of the nation’s biggest programs. One portion of the federal reports offers a fascinating, step-by-step look at how Arizona assistant coach Emanuel “Book” Richardson allegedly secured a commitment from a five-star player in the class of 2018 with the help of other defendants in the case. Though not directly referred to by name in the documents, Arizona is known as “University-4” in the case. Richardson is one of four assistant coaches who have been charged with federal crimes as a result of the investigation. 2017-09-27T08:30:17-04:00

Rick Pitino: Latest allegations 'come as a complete shock to me'

September 27, 2017 - 9:47am
Louisville men's basketball coach Rick Pitino issued his first public response to the FBI and U.S. attorney's announcement Tuesday that it made arrests and filed charges in a wide-ranging fraud and money laundering investigation into college basketball recruiting. U of L acknowledged its inclusion in the ongoing investigation hours after the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York unsealed its criminal complaint in the case. "These allegations come as a complete shock to me," Pitino said in a statement released by his lawyer, Steve Pence. "If true, I agree with the U.S. Attorney's Office that these third-party schemes, initiated by a few bad actors, operated to commit a fraud on the impacted universities and their basketball programs, including the University of Louisville. Our fans and supporters deserve better and I am committed to taking whatever steps are needed to ensure those responsible are held accountable." 2017-09-27T08:24:17-04:00

U of L scandal: Brian Bowen's mom says she 'didn't know anything'

September 27, 2017 - 9:47am
The FBI investigation into NCAA basketball corruption alleges that an Adidas executive conspired to pay $100,000 to the family of a top-ranked national recruit to play at Louisville and to represent Adidas when he turned pro. The recruit is identified only as “Player-10” in one of three federal criminal complaints released Tuesday. His family was to be paid in four installments. Player-10 is said to have committed to University-6 on or about June 3, 2017, “or almost immediately after the illicit bribe scheme.” 2017-09-27T08:19:11-04:00

Georgetown mayor slams state over unreleased report

September 26, 2017 - 6:47pm
Days before a state public hearing, Georgetown Mayor Tom Prather expressed frustration that the Kentucky Division of Water has not released a report that gauges the extent of sewage pollution of Cane Run creek. “Just think of how important that report is for us to have before the public hearing. That we could have a public hearing without benefit of the most recent study is ridiculous,” Prather said. Prather and City Attorney Andrew Hartley were referring to a months-long study performed by Third Rock Consultants of Lexington for the Division of Water. 2017-09-26T16:50:27-04:00

Louisville told it is part of federal college basketball investigation

September 26, 2017 - 6:47pm
UPDATED: The University of Louisville acknowledged Tuesday afternoon that it has been notified that it is part of the federal investigation into college basketball corruption announced earlier in the day by the Justice Department. In a statement issued by Gregory Postel, Louisville’s interim president, the university said, “While we are just learning about this information, this is a serious concern that goes to the heart of our athletic department and the university. U of L is committed to ethical behavior and adherence to NCAA rules; any violations will not be tolerated. “We will cooperate fully with any law enforcement or NCAA investigation into the matter.” Federal criminal charges have been brought against 10 people, including four college basketball coaches, as well as managers, financial advisers, and representatives of a major international sportswear company, the justice department said in a news release on Tuesday. 2017-09-26T15:50:03-04:00

University of Louisville confirms it's part of FBI investigation of basketball recruiting

September 26, 2017 - 3:47pm
UPDATED: The University of Louisville on Tuesday issued a statement acknowledging its inclusion in a federal investigation into men's basketball recruiting. It is the first time U of L publicly noted its part in the FBI's wire fraud and money laundering inquiry. 2017-09-26T15:44:23-04:00

FBI alleges college basketball corruption scheme; coaches charged

September 26, 2017 - 3:47pm
UPDATED: The University of Louisville appears to be implicated in an FBI investigation into alleged corruption in college basketball. Federal criminal charges have been brought against 10 people, including four college basketball coaches, as well as managers, financial advisers, and representatives of a major international sportswear company, the justice department said in a news release on Tuesday. While no Louisville coaches or assistant coaches have been named in the indictment, the 32-page document released Tuesday alleges a public research university in Kentucky (University-6 in the indictment) “with approximately 22,640 students and over 7,000 faculty” was involved. That is the exact enrollment listed on the University of Louisville’s website. 2017-09-26T14:01:44-04:00

College basketball scandal: What we know about University of Louisville's apparent involvement

September 26, 2017 - 3:47pm
UPDATED: The University of Louisville appears to be caught up in a major FBI investigation revealed Tuesday that has rocked the college basketball world. Here are some key points: What do we know? In a stunning criminal complaint, at least 10 people, including four assistant men’s college basketball coaches and apparel company senior executives, are facing federal bribery, fraud and other corruption charges related to paying the families of NCAA recruits to attend specific schools. 2017-09-26T13:57:38-04:00

Lexington police sergeant indicted on rape charge

September 26, 2017 - 3:47pm
A Lexington police sergeant has been indicted on one count of first-degree rape, according to the Lexington Police Department. According to Lexington police, a complaint was filed against Sgt. Christopher Morrow, 39, in May and the case was investigated by Kentucky State Police. In accordance with department policy, Morrow was suspended with pay during the investigation. 2017-09-26T13:16:51-04:00

Murder suspect rejects 35-year offer, gets trial date

September 26, 2017 - 3:47pm
A Bowling Green man accused of killing his elderly uncle received a trial date in his murder case after rejecting an offer to serve 35 years in exchange for pleading guilty. Gregory Shields Sr., 57, appeared Monday in Warren Circuit Court in his criminal case in which he is charged with murder and tampering with physical evidence. 2017-09-26T13:03:16-04:00

Estate gift of late teacher tops $2.5 million to WKU

September 26, 2017 - 3:47pm
When Beulah R. Winchel turned 18 and left home at the start of the Great Depression, her father gave her $100 and told her to make her own way in the world. Now, after living to the age of 103 and passing away in 2015, Winchel has bequeathed a more than $2.5 million estate gift to Western Kentucky University. 2017-09-26T12:56:01-04:00

FBI alleges college basketball corruption scheme; coaches charged

September 26, 2017 - 3:47pm
The University of Louisville appears to be implicated in an FBI investigation into alleged corruption in college basketball. Federal criminal charges have been brought against 10 people, including four college basketball coaches, as well as managers, financial advisers, and representatives of a major international sportswear company, the justice department said in a news release on Tuesday. While no Louisville coaches or assistant coaches have been named in the indictment, the 32-page document released Tuesday alleges a public research university in Kentucky (University-6 in the indictment) “with approximately 22,640 students and over 7,000 faculty” was involved. That is the exact enrollment listed on the University of Louisville’s website. 2017-09-26T12:49:07-04:00

College basketball scandal: Is the University of Kentucky involved?

September 26, 2017 - 3:47pm
The far-reaching FBI investigation into payments being funneled to the family of college basketball recruits does not appear to involve the Kentucky Wildcats. The only Kentucky university mentioned in the indictments — revealed Tuesday by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York — is described as having "approximately 22,640 students" and more than 7,000 faculty and staff members. It's reportedly a description of the University of Louisville. 2017-09-26T12:45:51-04:00

Trump: Kentucky a ‘big winner’ in new health bill

September 26, 2017 - 12:47pm
The president has upped the ante in the ongoing political showdown over healthcare revisions and included money for Kentucky. In an effort to sway senators that are against Graham-Cassidy proposal — a GOP effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act — Kentucky and several other states would now receive increased federal funding under the program, according to an updated copy of the bill. But Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, a key vote in a split Senate, said he is still unfazed and opposes the bill. President Donald Trump teased the revisions on Twitter Sunday evening, a subtle statement against some of the bill’s biggest detractors. 2017-09-26T11:48:35-04:00

Could Muhammad Ali's boyhood home end up in Philadelphia or Las Vegas?

September 26, 2017 - 12:47pm
The key investor in the Muhammad Ali boyhood home on Grand Avenue said he may soon pack up the restored house and move it to Philadelphia, or possibly Las Vegas, but he hasn't given up trying to keep the recently closed museum in Louisville. "I am obviously very disappointed that we had to close it," Philadelphia lawyer George Bochetto said in a phone interview Monday. 2017-09-26T11:40:27-04:00

University of Louisville apparently among NCAA basketball programs targeted in FBI investigation

September 26, 2017 - 12:47pm
The Federal Bureau of Investigation announced today charges of fraud and corruption in college basketball, and references a public research university in Kentucky that fits the description of the University of Louisville. The U.S. attorney's office in southern New York announced it will hold a press conference at noon Tuesday detailing the charges of fraud and corruption in college basketball. The allegations include payments of $100,000 from a company to the family of an unnamed player to secure his commitment to the school, which is described as a public research university with enrollment of 22,640 located in Kentucky. That matches the school's enrollment figures, according to the University of Louisville. 2017-09-26T11:31:46-04:00

Service to others

September 26, 2017 - 12:47pm
When the power goes out locally, residents can depend on utility line workers to have a fast response, oftentimes restoring electricity within the hour. It didn’t take some of these local men and women to respond to the need following Hurricane Irma. The dedicated men and women who brave any weather to keep local residents comfortable now have come to the aid to restore power to thousands of residents in Georgia and Florida. 2017-09-26T11:17:36-04:00

Kentucky should put hat in ring on sports gaming

September 26, 2017 - 12:47pm
While Kentucky has been looking for new ways to bring in revenue, a new one that would set up the state to regulate betting on competitions other than horse racing was introduced last week by state Sen. Julian Carroll, D-Frankfort. We support that plan — and think the state should finally put full-scale casino betting to a vote once and for all. Absent that unlikely political possibility, Carroll’s bill to hitch sports betting to the state’s horse-betting authority and dedicate the revenue to the pension funds looks like a winner. 2017-09-26T11:11:17-04:00

Colliding trends mean lean days for colleges

September 26, 2017 - 12:47pm
Matt Bevin slams what he sees as dubious course offerings. He did it again recently. Bevin addressed a higher education conference in Louisville Sept. 12. There he repeated previous admonitions to university leaders to be prepared to jettison course offerings that do not produce skills in high demand in the workplace. Such remarks might seem unkind to academics who still hold to the view of higher education as an enrichment exercise. But they are a dose of reality about what's coming for Kentucky colleges, a reality we suspect some officials don't yet fully comprehend. 2017-09-26T10:58:03-04:00

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