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Aide: Pitino urged out-of-town care

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Rick Pitino never said a woman who claimed the Louisville basketball coach got her pregnant after a one-night stand had to get an abortion but did advise she "go out of town" to get medical care, his longtime aide told a jury Friday.

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The aide, Tim Sypher, was testifying against the woman, his ex-wife Karen Cunagin Sypher. He testified at her extortion trial about helping her get an abortion. The two divorced after she was indicted last year on charges of demanding cash and gifts worth millions from Pitino to keep secret their 2003 tryst on a restaurant table.

Tim Sypher, 49, testified that he called clinics in Indiana and Ohio before taking the woman, then known as Karen Wise, to Cincinnati, where she terminated the pregnancy on Aug. 29, 2003. Tim Sypher said he paid for the procedure from $3,000 Pitino gave to Karen Sypher for medical care.

"I just figured it was a good thing to do, go out of town," Tim Sypher said. "Yeah, he (Pitino) said go out of town."

Pitino has said he intended for the money to be used for medical insurance, not an abortion.

Karen Sypher, 50, has pleaded not guilty. After she was indicted, she told police Pitino raped her, but authorities didn't pursue charges.

Karen Sypher's former attorney, Dana Kolter, also testified Friday, telling jurors he and Sypher had sexual relations three times before he wrote a letter to Pitino on March 22, 2009, demanding $10 million and threatening to file a lawsuit accusing Pitino of rape and forced abortion.

Kolter said Karen Sypher seemed believable, despite inconsistencies in her story.

LB commits to FSU

Linebacker Glen Stanley orally committed to Florida State. He was released from his letter of intent from USC on Wednesday.

Stanley, who signed with Bowling Green out of Ocala Vanguard in 2007, had his best season in 2009 at Eastern Arizona Community College, recording 56 tackles and eight sacks.

Clemson players questioned: Athletic director Terry Don Phillips said the NCAA had been on the Clemson campus this week to talk with two members of the football team. Phillips did not identify the athletes, but said Clemson is cooperating fully. "We do not have reason for concern," Phillips said. The NCAA is investigating Alabama, North Carolina, Georgia and South Carolina in connection with possible rules violations at a party in Miami. The Associated Press reported the Clemson inquiry is not linked to the investigations looking into improper contact with agents at the other schools.

medication led to Huggins' fall: West Virginia basketball coach Bob Huggins' rib-breaking fall occurred because medication taken on an empty stomach left him light-headed, the school said. President James Clements and athletic director Oliver Luck told the Charleston (W.Va.) Daily Mail that Huggins stood too quickly, tripped and fell into a table in his Las Vegas hotel room last week. He broke seven ribs.

Times staff writer Brian Landman contributed to this report, which included information from the Orlando Sentinel.

Aide: Pitino urged out-of-town care 07/30/10 [Last modified: Friday, July 30, 2010 11:20pm]

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