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Mack Suspended, Gaudio Convicted - Just Another Day At Scandal U.

It’s nearly enough to make you nostalgic for Stripper Gate

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: JAN 02 Louisville at Boston College
 CHESTNUT HILL, MA - JANUARY 02: Louisville Cardinals assistant coach Dino Gaudio during a game between the Boston College Eagles and the Louisville Cardinals on January 2, 2021, at Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.
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You’ve probably heard about the conflict between Dino Gaudio and his former boss Louisville coach Chris Mack. Mack was in the process of remaking his staff and was going to let Gaudio go and Gaudio was furious about it.

Mack, apparently expecting trouble, recorded the meeting and man oh man is it ugly - on both parts really.

Gaudio threatens and curses Mack and his program, threatening to reveal NCAA violations unless he was paid off in very specific terms.

This is just devastating.

Gaudio comes across as a miserable, bullying man who wants to pull the (sullied) temple down around him. What a complete jackass.

He threatens to go to everyone in the media - “Bilas, Vitale, Fraschilla, all those [effin] guys” - if he doesn’t get his way.

But unfortunately, Mack doesn’t come across much better, Here’s a guy who, presumably, knows he’s about to be threatened and tapes a guy he says he’s loved, who he worked with on Skip Prosser’s Wake Forest staff. These guys have history.

And then, even though he’s playing for an audience, he essentially admits much of what he’s accused of - on tape.

Shortly after the recording, Gaudio was hit with federal extortion charges. On Friday, Louisville sanctioned Mack for this nonsense - he’s lucky to still have his job at Scandal U - and Gaudio was sentenced to one year of probation and a $10,000 dollar fine.

We’ve said this before and we know it’s too early but Louisville could do worse: when they get around to dumping this clown the natural guy for the job is Nolan Smith. First, he’s got a fine reputation. Second, he has Louisville ties via his late dad Derek. Third, he’s incredibly charismatic and appealing. And fourth, he’s going to be a great coach.

He needs some more experience, but the day will probably come when the ‘Ville is looking and Smith is going to get the call.

Whatever happens, we can just about guarantee that he would never humiliate any school like Louisville was humiliated Friday.