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Once-reticent Pitino opens up about scandal

LOUISVILLE, KY - DECEMBER 23:  Rick Pitino the head coach of the Louisville Cardinals gives instructions to his team during the game against the Utah Valley Wolverines in the Billy Minardi Classic at KFC YUM! Center on December 23, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) 585819579

LOUISVILLE, KY - DECEMBER 23: Rick Pitino the head coach of the Louisville Cardinals gives instructions to his team during the game against the Utah Valley Wolverines in the Billy Minardi Classic at KFC YUM! Center on December 23, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) 585819579

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A frustrated Rick Pitino said Friday that the NCAA has not interviewed him about an escort's book allegations of sex parties at Louisville players' dormitory and doesn't believe the scandal will be resolved until summer.

At the end of a news conference, the Cardinals coach went on an unprompted diatribe about the sex scandal surrounding his program.

Katina Powell has alleged that former Louisville staffer Andre McGee hired her and other dancers to strip and have sex with recruits and players. Pitino has denied knowledge of the allegations but said Friday that he believes one person did "some scurrilous things."

Pitino didn't mention McGee but said: "Did one person do some scurrilous things? I believe so, from what I know now. The only thing I don't know is why he did it. For the life of me, I can't figure it out. He knew better and was taught better by his parents and by me."

Pitino criticized media outlets for giving Powell a forum.

Powell's attorney, Larry Wilder, called Pitino's comments "a distraction to the truth."

"The NCAA went through each page of Ms. Powell's five journals," Wilder told ESPN. "There were hundreds and hundreds of pages written about a myriad of events going on in her life during those several years that she was involved with Mr. McGee providing 'entertainment' at the university.

"It is very clear that the journals weren't created for the singular purpose of impugning the university. There are a litany of players that have confirmed these events took place that we know about."

Pitino recently has not been available often to talk about the scandal. But Friday, while wishing reporters Happy New Year, he said: "I'm not going to say, no comment. I'm too old, I don't care. The one good thing about being 63 is that you just don't care anymore."

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Louisville 79, No. 15 FSU 69: Mariya Moore made four 3s and had 20 points to go along with eight assists as the host Cardinals (9-5) beat the Seminoles (10-4) in the ACC opener for both teams. Adut Bulgak led Florida State with 22 points. The Seminoles fell behind almost immediately and trailed 19-6 after one quarter. Back-to-back 3s by Bulgak pulled FSU within 66-61 with 5:36 to play, but the Seminoles got no closer. Louisville has won six in a row.

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