College Basketball – University of Louisville: School Investigating Claims Staff Paid Escort Service to Entertain Recruits

U of L logoThe school and the NCAA are investigating allegations made in a forthcoming book that a former staff member hired an escort service to provide sex to basketball recruits, news outlets reported.

(From University of Louisville)

The University of Louisville first learned of these allegations when the Indianapolis Business Journal contacted the University’s sports information department seeking comment in late August.

The University was shocked to hear of the allegations.  The University’s athletics compliance department was immediately notified.  Chuck Smrt of the Compliance Group was retained to conduct a thorough, objective review of this information.  Mr. Smrt is an outside expert who has 34 years of NCAA regulatory experience, including over 17 years with the NCAA enforcement staff.

In coordination with the University’s legal counsel and faculty athletics representative, Mr. Smrt’s review was quickly launched to assess the validity of the information and the potential for any NCAA rules violations.  The University, on its own initiative, notified the NCAA Enforcement Staff regarding this matter and has been in regular communication with them.

The University of Louisville will continue its review in full cooperation and coordination with the NCAA  and if warranted, take any appropriate action.  The allegations have been taken very seriously.  In no way would anyone at this institution condone the alleged activities.  To preserve the integrity of the review process, the University will withhold comment on any details until the review is concluded.