With the Louisville Cardinals and Rick Pitino filing lawsuits against each other in the wake of the Brian Bowen scandal, court documents highlight the coach’s actual knowledge of the recruitment process.
For those unaware, Pitino has previously claimed Bowen’s commitment fell in the lap of Louisville, acting as shocked as everyone else when the then talented high school prospect chose the Cardinals.
“DePaul trying to pay Bowen 200 K to come there,” Rick Pitino texted then assistant coach Kenny Johnson, according to court records. “Crazy world.”
According to Louisville, the evidence shows Pitino had a direct connection to the recruitment of Brian Bowen. Furthermore, that the maligned former head coach purposely failed to disclose any of the red flags to the university in an attempt to make sure he ended up playing for his team.
“Despite repeatedly being placed on notice and trained by University compliance that he should and must report such matters to them, Pitino never alerted University compliance to the fact that he was communicating with Dawkins,” a former agent, according to the documents.
The university has more accusations against Pitino, including not alerting the school that Bowen visited campus. Furthermore, Louisville alleges Pitino had a relationship with Christian Dawkins, who is has since been indicted, which he used as a leverage to land the prospect.
David Padgett, while in a deposition, testified that the money and people involved should have been enough to warrant red flags.
On the Pitino side, he has publicly claimed he’s an innocent party in this matter and often portrays himself as the victim who knew nothing in interviews.
H/T to WDRB for doing a tremendous job relaying the court documents.