Pressure Mounts on Rick Pitino Amid Ex-Escort’s Claims in Book

Pressure is mounting on Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino and his University of Louisville basketball program amid claims that a former athletic staff member at the university paid for strippers to attend parties with high school basketball recruits.

Image: Rick Pitino, Tom Jurich on Nov. 27, 2014
Rick Pitino, left, celebrates his 700th career win with University of Louisville Athletic Director Tom Jurich on Nov. 26, 2014. Timothy D. Easley / AP Photo, file

In a new book, former escort Katina Powell claims there were more than 20 sex parties for basketball recruits on the University of Louisville campus from 2010 until 2014.

She alleges Andre McGee, a former assistant coach, paid her and her escorts to help lure high school recruits to the school.

Pitino says he was unaware of the allegations and the University of Louisville has declined to comment until a review is completed.

McGee is on paid leave from his current job as assistant basketball coach at the University of Missouri- Kansas City.