Report: Louisville basketball program to receive NCAA notice of allegations

The NCAA is expected to provide Louisville’s basketball program with a notice of allegations of violations this week, reports The Courier-Journal.

According to the report, Louisville officials are set to make the notice public on Thursday.

The notice stems from the NCAA’s investigation into claims that escort Katina Powell made involving former Louisville player, graduate assistant coach and director of basketball operations Andre McGee. Powell says McGee paid her and other escorts thousands of dollars.

Powell also says that she received game tickets for five seasons in exchange for providing sex for recruits and players.

Powell made the claim in her book “Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen,” which was published in October 2015.

Louisville has up to 90 days to respond to the NCAA once they receive official notice of the allegations. The NCAA then has 60 days to review that response.

The Cardinals basketball program could face severe penalties if found they violated NCAA rules. A postseason ban, a forfeiture of victories and possibly taking away the team’s 2013 national championship are all possible punishments.

The school self-imposed a postseason ban on its men’s basketball team for the 2015-16 season, despite being ranked in the Top 20 and headed for a certain NCAA tournament bid.

Louisville also imposed additional sanctions, with the reduction of scholarships and recruiting visits and contacts by staff this season and for the 2017-18 campaign.

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