UMKC puts Andre McGee on administrative leave

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UMKC announced on Friday that assistant coach Andre McGee was put on paid administrative leave following allegations that he had paid escorts to engage in sexual activity with players and recruits during his time as the director of basketball operations at Louisville.

“The University of Missouri-Kansas City is aware of today’s reports alleging wrongdoing by a current UMKC employee while he worked at another institution,” read a statement issued by the university. “UMKC is taking the allegations seriously and we have already initiated our own review of the matter. While we are conducting that review, Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach Andre McGee will be on administrative leave with pay, effective immediately.”

A book, entitled “Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen,” which could be released as early as Saturday, alleges McGee paid for escorts to dance and engage in sexual activity with players and recruits. Katrina Powell, a Louisville madam, co-authored the book, which is based of a collection of journal entries, text messages and photos.

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino commented on matter on Friday. Pitino said McGee denied the claims the only time they’ve talked since Pitino became aware of the allegations.

McGee played for Louisville from 2005-09. He joined the Louisville staff in 2010, first as a grad assistant before being promoted to director of basketball operations. McGee accepted an assistant coaching position at UMCK in 2014.

Louisville hired Chuck Smrt, who spent 17 years on the NCAA Enforcement Staff, to conduct an independent investigation.