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Pitino Tells Bilas He Had No Knowledge Of "Pay-For-Play" Scheme

In response, Pitino said,"I'm not sure I want to". "So I had no knowledge of any of this", Pitino said. While federal officials arrested four coaches in the investigation, they have not charged anyone from UofL.

Pitino's standard go-to defense anytime something fishy popped up with the Louisville program was the obvious and most common one; he didn't know about any suspicious activity going on in his program.

The Hall of Fame coach feels he's been vindicated due to the reaction from his players, assistant coaches and family. But the one person you have to answer to in life is God.

"Should I have known that somebody walked into a hotel room?" So should I know?

The FBI allegations against Louisville include payments of $100,000 to the family of an unnamed player to sign with the Cardinals.

Pitino also explained why he chose to sue Adidas, which also severed ties with him in the wake of the scandal.

"They're largely responsible for what has gone on", he said. Not all of them. Not one thing came out in social media in that other case. In response to a report saying Pitino received 98% of Louisville's Adidas contract money, Pitino says that information was leaked by the school to make him look bad. Ten people, including an Adidas executive, were arrested in the probe but Pitino is not named in the federal complaint.

"I take full responsibility for anybody I hire", Pitino said.

On Wednesday, Pitino said he had passed a lie detector test asking whether he was aware of a payment made from Adidas to Bowen.

The Supreme court ruled in 1998 that lie detector tests are not reliable evidence. The phone calls from my assistant coaches. I've been vindicated in my eyes.

Will he be clear of any charges, Bilas asked? "No, I didn't know that". Louisville had ample reason to fire Pitino even if he truly was as clueless as he claims to be.

"To me, this board of trustees locking me out of my office, telling me I'm dismissed before facts came out, let it develop".

"They're a board hired by the governor to deal with the president situation a while ago", he said.

"[Pitino] has never authorized, tolerated, participated in, or otherwise condoned giving improper benefits to recruits or players, or to their families, especially as an inducement to have recruits join the University of Louisville men's basketball program", the suit states.



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