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Strong Westchester Connection To Louisville Sex Scandal

University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino, who has maintained homes in Northern Westchester since coaching the Knicks in the late 1980s.
University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino, who has maintained homes in Northern Westchester since coaching the Knicks in the late 1980s. Photo Credit: wikipedia

BEDFORD, N.Y. – University of Louisville men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino, who has maintained homes in Westchester for more than 25 years, denies he had knowledge of a sex scandal revolving around Louisville's Billy Minardi Hall, the on-campus dorm for athletes and other students, according to reports.

The alleged incidents were to have taken place from 2010 to 2014 with former graduate assistant coach Andre McGee reportedly paying for strippers at parties there, according to a newly released book, "Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen," by former escort Katina Powell. Powell told ESPN the strippers also engaged in sexual activities with Louisville recruits.

The dorm name honors Minardi, Pitino's brother-in-law who lived in Bedford, who was killed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Pitino lived in Bedford when he coached the Knicks from 1987 to '89. He maintained the residence there when he coached the University of Kentucky until 1997 before purchasing the home in Armonk.

Pitino was involved in another sex scandal in 2009 when he said he paid for an abortion for a woman who he admitted to having consensual sex with and whom he said tried to extort him.

The 63-year-old Pitino and his wife, the former Joanne Minardi, have five children.

Amid the latest controversy, there have been calls for Pitino to resign . Pitino signed a lucrative contract extension earlier this year with Louisville that lasts till 2025.

For more on the latest controversy, see full story see espn.com.

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