Katina Powell, the woman at the center of the sex scandal with the University of Louisville basketball program, spoke publically on Tuesday for the first time since she published a book claiming a former U of L staffer paid the former self-proclaimed escort to provide escorts for players and recruits during their visits to campus.
Powell made her natonal TV debut in a taped interview on Good Morning America. She was interviewed by ESPN's John Barr for ESPN's Outside The Lines, which will air for an hour on the subject at 1:30 p.m.
ESPN.com also released a story on its extensive report on the matter on Tuesday.
During the interview on GMA, Powell detailed how former U of L staffer Andre McGee - who was a graduate assistant and later director of basketball operations during the four-year period she claims these allegations happened - arranged for her to have strippers at parties in Billy Minardi Hall on capus. She also claims McGee arragned 'side deals' with Powell's strippers for sex.
The exerpts of Powell's interview shown on GMA didn't include anything she didn't allege in her book, "Breaking Cardinal Rules."
Powell also admitted no direct knowledge that Hall of Fame head coach Rick Pitino knew about the incidents, but expressed disbelief that he wouldn't know what was going on inside the basketball dormitory.
"Four years, a boatload of recruits, a boatload of dancers, loud music, alcohol, security, cameras, basketball players who came in at will," Powell said in the interview.
Pitino wouldn't comment on the story or interview and the University of Louisville said "to preserve the integrity of the review process, the university will withhold comment on any details until the review is concluded." The university has hired Chuck Smrt to head up its investigation, while the NCAA is also investigating.
Andre McGee's attorney - Scott Cox - also has declined comment to the local media.
The ESPN.com report released is extensive and lays out some of the details of the allegations Powell makes in her book.
ESPN spoke with five former players or recruits - all declined to have their names used in the report - for the story. One former Louisville recruit who is now attending another school told ESPN: "I knew they weren't college girls. It was crazy. It was like I was in a strip club."
Powell said in the interview that McGee paid for the "side deals." ESPN reported five former U of L recruits - Montrezl Harrell, JaQuan Lyle, Jordan Mickey, Antonio Blakeney and Terry Rozier - all had sex with one of Powell's escorts. Lyle signed with Ohio State, while Blakeney and Mickey both signed with LSU. Harrell and Rozier both played at U of L and are in the NBA now.
In the ESPN report, the site states that Outside the Lines reviewed Powell's journals, text messages and phone records and independently confirmed that text messages sent to Powell to arrange the parties came from McGee's cellphone. The report also says ESPN independently confirmed a wire transfer of money from McGee to Powell on one occasion.
Several former players, including Luke Hancock, Mike Marra and Stephan Van Treese, who were on the team at the time these allegations were supposed to have taken place have come out and said they never saw anything.
Pitino has talked publically about the allegations several times, iuncluding last week at the tipoff luncheon.
"Not myself, not one player, not one trainer, not one assistant, not one person knew anything about any of this," Pitino said. "If anyone did, it would have been stopped on a dime. Not one person knew anything about it."
The NCAA has reportedly interviewed several former Louisville players and recruits. Powell's lawyer - Larry Wilder - is expected to meet with U of L's general counsel on Tuesday, per ESPN.