Is Rick Pitino Coach 2? University of Louisville interim president won't say
University of Louisville's interim President Greg Postel would not confirm Thursday whether Coach 2 – a code-named coach discussed in federal documents about the new NCAA recruitment scandal – is longtime men's basketball coach Rick Pitino.
"I can't comment on an ongoing investigation," Postel said, although he conceded that he believes he knows the identities of certain unidentified coaches who have been linked to the FBI's ongoing investigation, which also has Adidas in its crosshairs.
When a reporter pressed him on why he wouldn't confirm the identity of Coach 2, Postel said, "Just because we don't feel it's our place to make those announcements. It's an investigation by the FBI and the U.S. Attorney's Office."
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Postel also said Thursday that the university has not launched its own internal investigation into the fresh allegations of bribery and other improprieties yet, nor has he been interviewed or contacted by the FBI. The school will seek guidance on the appropriate way to conduct its own inquiry, he said.
Although the University of Louisville has been rocked this week by the new scandal, Postel was optimistic Thursday about the school's ability to successfully address its recent accreditation problems.
Postel appeared that morning before a small group of state lawmakers in Frankfort for a budget subcommittee meeting on U of L's financial situation that already had been scheduled before the FBI's pay for play investigation was revealed on Tuesday.
The university was placed on probation by its accrediting agency, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, last year for multiple reasons. Postel said SACS sent officials to Louisville last week for a site visit, which went well.
Since that visit, the university has received a draft of a report from SACS that indicates that seven out of nine of its accreditation issues have been resolved, Postel said, although he didn't go into detail.
He said he felt like the university was in good shape when it comes to accreditation, although the matter can't be resolved until SACS holds a board meeting in December.
During his meeting Thursday with lawmakers, Postel emphasized a few areas where U of L is doing well. He touted its community engagement efforts and said the university has significantly cut costs and developed a balanced budget.
“We are not allowing current events and distractions to prevent the university from moving forward," he said. "Cultural change is sometimes very slow, but we are getting there."
The legislators who met with Postel didn't dwell on the FBI investigation, although it came up multiple times. And several of them thanked Postel for showing up for the meeting in Frankfort despite the chaos that has erupted in Louisville.
State Rep. Kelly Flood, D-Lexington, was critical of the "I just didn't know" attitude some people take up when these kinds of scandals crop up.
"We need to know from here forward," she said.
She told Postel the cultural change he mentioned should be a priority. "That's the hard work," she said.
Flood also said she'd like to know more about the university's apparel contract with Adidas, as well as the University of Kentucky's contract with Nike, and suggested the setup of those kinds of deals "played a role to get us in the kind of trouble we're in right now."
Contact reporter Morgan Watkins at 502-875-5136 or email@example.com.
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