LOCAL NEWS

June 15, 2017


WBKO) A former Louisville director of basketball operations
acted unethically when he committed serious violations by
arranging striptease dances and sex acts for prospects,
student-athletes and others, and did not cooperate with the
investigation, according to a Division I Committee on Infractions
panel. The head men’s basketball coach (Rick Pitino) violated
NCAA head coach responsibility rules when he did not monitor
the activities of his former operations director.
Penalties prescribed by the panel include four years of probation
for the university; a suspension from the first five Atlantic Coast
Conference games of the 2017-18 season for the head coach;
a 10-year show-cause order for the former operations director;
a one-year show-cause order for a former program assistant;
a vacation of basketball records in which student-athletes
competed while ineligible from December 2010 and July
2014; men’s basketball scholarship reductions and recruiting
restrictions; a fine of $5,000, plus the university must return
money received through conference revenue sharing for its
appearances in the 2012 to 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s
Basketball Championships.
The panel also accepted the university’s self-imposed 2015-16
postseason ban.
The former operations director was integral to on-campus
recruiting and regularly interacted with visiting prospects.
The head coach hired him and placed him in Minardi Hall, a
dorm where the basketball team lived, to make sure it was
run properly and watch for any potential NCAA violations.
By his own admission, the head coach and his assistants did not
interact with prospects from 10 p.m. until the next morning. The
panel noted that the head coach essentially placed a peer of the
student-athletes in a position of authority over them and
visiting prospects, and assumed that all would behave appropriately
in an environment that was, for all practical purposes, a basketball
dorm.
This arrangement played a role in creating a location where the
former operations director’s activities went undetected. The
operations director arranged adult entertainment and/or sex acts
for 15 prospects, three enrolled student-athletes, a friend visiting
with one of the prospects and two nonscholastic coaches. At least
seven, and perhaps as many as 10, of the 15 prospects were under
the age of 18 at the time.
None of the prospects visiting campus knew that the activities
would occur and none of them expected the activities to occur on
their visits. Some of them expressed surprise and discomfort at
what transpired. The panel noted it has not previously encountered
a case like this, and that the violations were severe and were
intended to provide a substantial recruiting advantage for the
university.
“Without dispute, NCAA rules do not allow institutional staff
members to arrange for stripteases and sex acts for prospects,
enrolled student-athletes and/or those who accompany them to
campus,” the panel said in its decision.
The head coach failed to monitor the former operations director
when he created the residential environment in which the
violations occurred and trusted the former operations director
to follow the rules, and delegated monitoring of the former
operations director to his assistant coaches without appropriate
oversight. The head coach noted his assistant coaches were
responsible for monitoring the former operations director.
When asked during the investigation, the assistant coaches
were unaware of this responsibility. The panel noted that a head
coach does not meet his monitoring responsibility by simply
trusting an individual to know NCAA rules and to do the right thing.
The former operations director violated multiple NCAA rules
when he arranged the activities, including the violation of ethical
conduct rules. The panel noted those rules require all staff
members to act with honor and dignity, but he instead created an
environment that has no place on a college campus.
“NCAA members agree that schools must provide a safe,
healthy and positive environment for their student-athletes,
not only academically, but in all facets of their lives,” the
panel said. “The former operations director, the individual
entrusted to keep order at Minardi Hall, created an environment
that has no place on a college campus and was directly at odds
with college athletics and higher education.”
The former operations director also violated NCAA ethical conduct
rules when he did not cooperate and refused to consent to
interviews or provide requested records to the NCAA
enforcement staff during the investigation.
A former program assistant also failed to fully cooperate in the
investigation when he refused to provide requested phone records
to the enforcement staff. The records in question were relevant to
the investigation and could have helped determine if the former
assistant was involved in an incident after the former operations
director took a new job at a different school.
Because the violations occurred both before and after the new
infractions process, the panel compared the previous penalty
structure to the current structure to determine which is more
lenient, as outlined in the rule change. After reviewing, the
panel determined the previous structure was more lenient and
prescribed the following measures:
• Public reprimand and censure for the university.
• Four years of probation from June 15, 2017, through June 14,
2021.
• A suspension from the first five ACC games of the 2017-18 season
for the head coach. During the suspension, the head coach may
not be present in the arena where the games are played and have
no contact with the student-athletes or members of his coaching
staff. The head coach also may not participate in any activities
including, but not limited to, team travel, practice, video study and
team meetings.
• A 10-year show-cause period for the former operations director
from June 15, 2017, through June 14, 2027. During that period,
any NCAA member school employing the former coach must restrict
him from holding any athletically related duties and from having
any contact with prospects and their families.
• A one-year show-cause order for the former program assistant
from June 15, 2017, through June 14, 2018. During that period,
any NCAA member school employing him can schedule an
appearance before a panel of the COI to determine whether he
should be subject to show-cause provisions.
• A vacation of basketball records in which student-athletes
competed while ineligible from December 2010 and July 2014.
The university will provide a written report containing the games
impacted to the NCAA media coordination and statistics staff
within 45 days of the public decision release.
• A reduction in men’s basketball scholarships by two during
the 2016-17 year (self-imposed by the university). Additionally,
the university must reduce men’s basketball scholarships by
four over the probation period. The university may take the
reductions during any year of that period.
• A prohibition of men’s basketball coaching travel during
the April 2016 recruiting period, which resulted in a reduction
of men’s basketball recruiting opportunities by 30 (self-imposed
by the university).
• A reduction of recruiting travel during the July 2016
recruiting period by six days (self-imposed by the university).
• A reduction in the number of men’s basketball official visits to
a total of 10 during the 2015-16 year. Additionally, the university
will have no more than a total of 16 visits during the 2016-17
and 2017-18 years (self-imposed by the university).
• During the probation period, men’s basketball prospects on
unofficial visits may not stay overnight in any campus dorms or
school-owned property.
• A disassociation of the former operations director (self-imposed
by the university). The public decision describes the details of his
disassociation.
• A $5,000 fine (self-imposed by the university). The university must
also return to the NCAA the money received through conference
revenue sharing for its appearances in the 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015
NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championships. Future revenue
distributions that are scheduled to be provided to the
university from those tournaments also must be withheld by the
conference and forfeited to the NCAA.
• A postseason ban for the men’s basketball team for the 2015-16
season (self-imposed by the university).
Members of the Committee on Infractions are drawn from NCAA
membership and members of the public. The members of the panel
who reviewed this case are William Bock III, attorney in
private practice; Carol Cartwright, chief hearing officer for the
panel and president emeritus at Kent State and Bowling Green;
Greg Christopher, athletics director at Xavier; Thomas Hill, senior
policy advisor to the president of Iowa State; Stephen A. Madva,
attorney in private practice; Joseph D. Novak, former head football
coach at Northern Illinois; and Larry Parkinson, director of
enforcement for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

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Post 15 activity for May, 2017

Columbia, Ky. (June 14, 2017) – During the month of May 2017,
there were 17 traffic accidents investigated by the State Police
working in the Post 15 area in the 11 counties of Adair, Casey,
Clinton, Cumberland, Green, Marion, Metcalfe, Monroe, Russell,
Taylor and Washington.
There have been no fatal collisions during the month of May in
the Post 15 area.
This brings our yearly fatality count to 5 compared with 10
through this same period in 2016.
Statewide fatality count stands at 282 compared with 304 through
this same period in 2016.
During the month of May 2017, there were 1069 citations written,
217 courtesy notices written, 2088 vehicles inspected, 789
complaints answered, 50 motorists assisted, 68 criminal cases
opened and 154 criminal arrests made.

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Adair County man arrested on sex abuse charge

Columbia, Ky. (June 15, 2017) – 44-year-old William T.
Bryant, of Columbia, was arrested on Tuesday, June 13 at
1:30 PM CST at Holmes Bend Marina, 5 miles north of
Columbia and charged with Sexual Abuse 1st Degree
(victim under 12).  The arrest was the result of an
anonymous complaint received by the Ky Cabinet for
health and family services that was passed on to Post 15
in mid May.  Bryant was lodged in the Adair County Jail.
Trooper Adam Likins is investigating.  
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