The Adidas corruption trial reached its zenith Wednesday with all three defendants found guilty.
Somewhat hilariously on Wednesday, Adidas and Louisville announced an initiative that will be “focused on building ethical leadership in college athletics.”
Also on Wednesday, revelations that football player Kemari Averett played despite rape allegations.
In fairness to Averett, he firmly denies the charges, saying that he has not been in touch with his accuser for four months (they had a previous relationship), claims an alibi and says he has more proof that he has not yet made public.
Complicating the picture are other charges that he recently put a gun to a woman’s head.
That will all presumably get sorted out by the courts but for Louisville, even if you only consider PR and current circumstances (and there is a lot more to consider here), it’s just more bad news and more trouble for an already troubled athletic department. And it’s worth mentioning that football coach Bobby Petrino is hardly the model of male probity.
Details about the initiative will be announced Thursday but may we suggest that they name it the CYA Foundation?
If Louisville really wanted to make a point they’d break their contract with Adidas.
Meanwhile, Jim Larranaga’s Miami program appears to have been vindicated and Kansas, anticipating NCAA action, will sit Silvio DeSousa.
And the university is correct: the NCAA doesn’t have subpoena powers but in this case won’t need them. A lot of information is in the record and Kansas, along with several other schools, is in the crosshairs. So stay tuned.
- Despite the Judge’s View, the College Hoops Trial Was Always About the NCAA’s Archaic Rules
- ACC commissioner John Swofford: FBI trial should lead to NCAA action
- Despite guilty verdict, Louisville unlikely the victim in NCAA’s eyes
- Why the Prosecution Won in the College Hoops Corruption Trial and What’s Next
- Former Duke coach Jeff Capel has ‘no concerns’ about Zion Williamson’s recruitment
- UNC’s Williams said he never had any hesitation about Nassir Little. ‘I believed what they said.’
- Bill Self motivated to bring focus back to basketball after tough October for Kansas program
- In wake of basketball corruption trial’s verdict, Self says his staff has done nothing wrong
- Complete Bill Self statement from Oct. 24, 2018
- Tom Keegan: Jury rules Adidas defrauds KU, strangely happy news for ‘victims’
- KU says it’s evaluating options on Adidas contract, doesn’t answer whether it will conduct independent investigation of recruiting practices
- University of Miami redacted from indictment in FBI college basketball trial, report says
- College basketball trial: 3 defendants tied to Louisville found guilty
- Guilty verdicts signal more scandal for college basketball
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