While we all sit and wait for the NCAA to finish parsing through the North Carolina case, it seems like the organization is steam-rolling over Louisville’s case.
Rick Pitino spoke to Bob Valvano, a radio host in Louisville, and discussed the investigation into the escort scandal, telling him that “it’s almost pretty much over” and that he — Pitino — believes that “everything’s behind us right now.”
The Louisville head coach couldn’t give details on whether or not he’s been interviewed yet, as the NCAA frowns on that sort of thing, but given that this appearance occurred just a week after the Cardinals self-imposed some recruiting restrictions and scholarship reductions for the coming years, it’s probably safe to assume that the NCAA has finished with their investigation.
Does that mean we’ll know in a timely manor whether or not the punishments that Louisville has levied upon themselves — Remember the self-imposed postseason ban that cost them the 2016 NCAA tournament? — will save the program from future postseason bans or any individual punishment for Pitino?
Every investigation takes place on the NCAA’s own timetable.
“You just let them do their job,” Pitino said, “and certainly the university has done everything that they can to justify the mistakes that were made, and then you move forward. And certainly we will. We’ll have a great team coming back next year.”
Whether or not that team, which currently sits in 10th in the NBCSports.com Preseason Top 25, has a chance to prove how great they are in March still remains to be seen.
The full interview can he heard below.
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