Louisville coach Rick Pitino responds to the NCAA notice of allegations against his program

University of Louisville coach Rick Pitino responds to the NCAA notice of allegations against his program.

University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino spent time during the news conference announcing the NCAA's Notice of Allegations of violations in his program talking to the fans and saying he was sorry.

He also sent a message to former staffer Andre McGee.

Pitino was given a level one violation by the NCAA for "failure to monitor a staff member (McGee)" and faces a suspension. U of L officials said the would defend Pitino in the case against the NCAA.

"The people who investigated this were highly professional and they were fair," Pitino said. "Do I agree with the failure to monitor one of my people? No. Absolutely not. I over monitor my staff.

"I am not guilty of failure to monitor my staff. I am guilty of trusting someone."

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Pitino said he hopes the worst of this is behind the program and said "we apologize to our fans, to our university."

"We are dealing with a very difficult thing that will be in our rear view mirror very soon because we have been transparent," Pitino said. "We tell the truth and by telling the truth your problems become part of the past.

"I am not interested in my legacy when it comes to that."

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