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The University of Louisville today received a Notice of Allegations from the NCAA related to alleged recruiting violations in 2017. None of the current coaches nor any current student athletes are included in the allegations.

“It’s important to remember these are allegations, not facts, and we will diligently prepare a comprehensive response and submit it within the prescribed 90-day period,” said UofL President Neeli Bendapudi. “For any allegations that are proven to be factual, we will take responsibility, as accountability is one of our core Cardinal Principles. However, we will not hesitate to push back where the evidence does not support the NCAA’s interpretations or allegations of charges.

“Over the last 2.5 years, we are proud of how the UofL has worked hard to transform itself into a model of compliance and ethical conduct and has not shied away from difficult decisions, going well-beyond reforms at any other involved institution. We will always be guided by our Cardinal Principles and we must keep them front and center when confronting challenges. We will not allow others to define us, as those of us who are a part of this amazing institution know the greatness of the University of Louisville.”

The allegations include:

  • A Level I allegation that boosters, as purportedly identified and defined by the NCAA, some of whom had no traditional connections to the university beyond their affiliation with Adidas or professional athlete management entities, provided impermissible benefits to prospective student athletes
  • A Level II allegation that two former men’s basketball staff members provided impermissible benefits to – and had impermissible contact with – the family of an incoming student athlete
  • A Level II allegation that the institution failed to adequately monitor the recruitment of an incoming high-profile student athlete
  • A Level I allegation that the former head men’s basketball coach did not satisfy his head coach responsibility when he failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance; also included is a Level II failure to cooperate allegation against the former head coach.

There are also lower-level violations, including those self-identified and promptly reported by the institution, included within the larger context of the four key allegations.

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John Drees is a 35-year veteran in the Office of Communications and Marketing. As vice president, communications and marketing, he works closely with the president, provost and other senior administrators, oversees the Office of Communications and Marketing, including media relations, marketing and brand, broadcast, social media, internal communication, crisis communication, visitor services and special events and activities. A former sports editor for the Voice Newspapers, he was a regular contributor to a variety of publications, including the Kentucky Sports Report and the Courier-Journal. A poor but enthusiastic golfer, he is an avid Cardinal sports fan. He also loves the Detroit Lions, so pity him.