by Jeff Lightsy Jr.
Things are not looking good for the University Of Louisville this morning. According to CBS Sports, former UOFL commit and current Ohio State freshman guard JaQuan Lyle has confirmed to the NCAA investigators, the escort allegations made by Katina Powell.
Powell, a Louisville native, published a book October 3rd stating that she was paid to have “parties” and perform sexual acts for Louisville players and recruits. Powell was allegedly paid by former Louisville staffer Andre McGee.
What makes Lyle’s rumored confirmation so important is it can potentially be the first piece of concrete evidence against Rick Pitino’s Louisville Cardinals. Up until this point none of the evidence presented Powell’s book deemed strong enough to come down hard on UOFL. Also there had been no confirmed witnesses of anyone who may have attended these parties. The NCAA has also talked to for Louisville commit and current LSU freshman guard Antonio Blakeney. Blakeney is rumored to have denied the allegations that the “parties” took place during his visit.
Both the University of Louisville and the NCAA are continuing their independent investigations into the allegations. If Lyle’s rumored confirmation is true, he may have helped Katina Powell put the final nail in the coffin of the University of Louisville’s men’s basketball program.
The NCAA will not take this matter lightly. This is not an academic scandal that gets a few scholarships taken away and a coach suspended. This is an alleged sex-filled scandal that involves human trafficking and minors. A potential championship could be vacated and Rick Pitino would most likely lose his job. New details will continue to surface as the days go by, but things are not looking good for the University of Louisville.