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Calipari: Doesn’t think Pitino knew about escort allegations

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky coach John Calipari says if any of an escort’s allegations that a former Louisville men’s basketball staff member hired strippers are true, “it’s not good for college basketball.”

Calipari added that he hopes the allegations “aren’t true” and “can’t believe” Rick Cardinals coach Rick Pitino “would know anything about it.”

Calipari said during the Wildcats’ annual media day Tuesday that he hasn’t reached out to his in-state counterpart and fellow Hall of Famer about allegations in Katina Powell’s book, “Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen.”

Powell alleges former Louisville staff member Andre McGee paid her and other dancers to strip and have sex with recruits and players.

Pitino has denied knowledge of the activities in the book. Four separate investigations have been launched to review the allegations.