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Kentucky AG mandates Louisville to continue to search for records amid Powell scandal

Rick Pitino

Rick Pitino


The scope of the Louisville sex scandal has widened to include violations of Kentucky state open records law.

The state attorney general’s office said Thursday that the university must “look more thoroughly for documents used by former president James Ramsey when” he declared the Cardinals would be held out of the 2016 NCAA tournament, WDRB in Louisville reported.

The attorney general’s declaration stems from a request for records that Ramsey had at the time of his announcement that the university denied, stating the records didn’t even exist. Later, the university admitted that Chuck Smrt, who was the investigator hired by the school, had investigative records, which it also denied to release.

The AG’s ruling found that Smrt’s records are subject to open records law, though that doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll be made public as there are exceptions in the state law to public records requests which may apply.

In short, there is still a battle underway that could shed light on how Louisville reacted to the explosive accusations made by Katina Powell, whose book, ‘Breaking Cardinal Rules,’ claimed that former Louisville staff member Andre McGee paid her to bring strippers on campus, who were alleged on some occasions to have sex with recruits.