Just before Louisville’s win over North Florida Saturday afternoon, it was announced that freshman forward Deng Adel would be sidelined with a sprained knee. Adel, who suffered the injury in practice on Friday, will undergo an MRI to determine the severity of the injury and how long he’ll have to sit out.
Following Louisville’s 89-61 win over North Florida Saturday afternoon, head coach Rick Pitino stated that he did not expect the 6-foot-8 freshman to miss much playing time.
“I think he will probably sit out the next game and hopefully be ready by Thanksgiving,” Pitino said.
Adel started each of Louisville’s first two games, playing 17 minutes per contest with averages of 4.5 points and 3.5 rebounds per game. With Adel sidelined sophomore guard Quentin Snider moved into the starting lineup Saturday, giving the Cardinals two points guards in he and grad student Trey Lewis.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville Trustee board chairman Larry Benz says there was no discussion about coach Rick Pitino’s future at an unscheduled executive meeting, nor did they address an escort’s allegations that she other dancers stripped and had sex with recruits and players.
Board members were expected to discuss the scandal surrounding the program on Thursday. But Benz emerged from nearly two hours behind closed doors to say only that pending litigation issues were discussed, but didn’t provide any details.
Benz says the school wants to discover the truth behind Katina Powell’s allegations that former men’s basketball staffer Andre McGee paid her $10,000 for 22 shows. Benz said Louisville is complying with investigations by the NCAA and law enforcement, adding, “We are committed to let those authorities do their work.”
When former escort Katina Powell released her book “Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen” earlier this month, one of the questions asked was whether or not there would be any legal ramifications. Alleged to have provided then-Louisville graduate assistant Andre McGee with escorts to entertain recruits, their guardians and players on the team at that time, Powell stated that should be willing to speak with the NCAA provided she be granted legal immunity.
The granting of that request seemed far-fetched when it was made, and Friday morning the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney in Jefferson County, Kentucky began the process of issuing subpoenas in the case according to ESPN.com. While Powell has yet to receive a subpoena according to her attorney, the Indiana Business Journal Book Publishing company has been subpoenaed.
“We have received a subpoena at IBJ Book Publishing, and we are to appear [before the grand jury] November 5th,” publisher Patricia Keiffner said Friday. Keiffner declined further comment.
“Kentucky grand jury proceedings are secret, and Kentucky law prohibits anyone who has received a grand jury subpoena from commenting. However, as of this moment, Ms. Powell has not received any subpoena from the Commonwealth or any other government agency,” said Larry Wilder, Powell’s attorney, who is based in Jeffersonville, Indiana.
In the aftermath of the book release some alleged to have been involved have denied any wrongdoing, while other current and former players questioned have confirmed some of the events detailed in Powell’s book. Louisville head coach Rick Pitino has denied any knowledge of the events Powell alleges to have occurred, and McGee has been silent on the matter.
McGee, who has been urged by his former coach to “tell the truth” about the allegations, resigned from his position as an assistant coach at UMKC last week.