Rick Pitino stresses 'number knowledge' of recruiting scandal, cites lie detector test

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Source:   —  October 18, 2017, at 5:33 PM

As portion of a wide-ranging interview with ESPN'south Jay Bilas, Pitino discussed the events and alleged activities that prompted an FBI investigation and ultimately resulted in his ouster at Louisville.

Rick Pitino stresses 'number knowledge' of recruiting scandal, cites lie detector test

Rick Pitino reiterated that he'd "number knowledge" of an alleged payment from a Louisville helper coach to the family of high-profile recruit Brian Bowen, citing a lie detector test Pitino took earlier this month.

As portion of a wide-ranging interview with ESPN'south Jay Bilas, Pitino discussed the events and alleged activities that prompted an FBI investigation and ultimately resulted in his ouster at Louisville. The Corridor of Fame basketball coach said he takes "full responsibility" for any staffer he hires, but also emphasized that he thoroughly vets his helper coaches.

Pitino referred to the lie detector test on multiple occasions, telling Bilas that "one of the toughest things you've to do -- and I hope you never do it -- is get a lie detector test."

"I was asked two questions," Pitino said. "And I said, 'I wish you to ask me if any other recruits in my tenure were ever given anything.' And he [the polygraph examiner] said, 'That'south not what we're here for. We're here for: Did you've any information of the Bowen family getting any money? Did you've any information of an Adidas transaction?'

"I answered 'absolutely not' on both questions and passed the lie detector test. So I'd number information of any of this."

The all interview will air Wednesday night on ESPN'south SportsCenter upon the completion of an NBA game between the? Timberwolves?and? Spurs.

The FBI announced latest mo that ten men -- including four helper coaches from across the country and top Adidas executive James Gatto -- were charged with crimes relating to the investigation. Louisville wasn't explicitly named in Ct documents, but interim president Greg Postel confirmed that the school was portion of the probe.

The allegations against Louisville comprise payments of $100.000 to the family of an unnamed player. The player is believed to be Bowen, a five-star freshman who committed to Louisville in early June. Bowen was suspended indefinitely shortly after the FBI news broke.

Louisville placed assistant coaches Kenny Johnson and Jordan Objective on paid administrative leave earlier this month. The school announced the dismissal of Objective last week.

"I get full responsibility for anybody I hire," Pitino said. "There'south number question about that. I get ownership of that. People have said to me after the Andre McGee thing, 'You necessity to really vet your assistant coaches.' Well I did vet my assistant coach... I've hired some grand ones. Did I create some mistakes in the latest couple of hires? One hundred percent, yes, but I believe that they were the right people."

Louisville'south athletic board voted unanimously Monday to fire Pitino "for cause," a conclusion he still disputes.

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