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Richard Pitino defends father in Louisville scandal

Rick Pitino, Richard Pitino

Rick Pitino, Richard Pitino


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota coach Richard Pitino is defending his embattled father, Rick Pitino, as allegations swirl around the Louisville program that a former staffer paid escorts to have sex with former recruits and players.

Richard Pitino spoke at Minnesota’s media day Wednesday. He says he had no knowledge of the allegations while he was an assistant at Louisville and also says he knows his father had no knowledge, either.

Katina Powell wrote a book that alleges former staffer Andre McGee paid her and several other women to party with recruits and players from 2010-2014.

Richard Pitino was on the staff at Louisville in 2010. He says the allegations were “very surprising.”

Rick Pitino has denied knowledge of the activities that Powell alleges in her book.