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Rick Pitino NCAA Charges Coach In Prostitution Scandal ... Could Face Suspension

10/20/2016 7:23 AM PDT

Rick Pitino Charged In Prostitution Scandal

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The NCAA is dropping the hammer over the Louisville basketball prostitution scandal -- charging head coach Rick Pitino with failing to monitor his program ... and he could face suspension.

The NCAA launched an investigation into allegations made last year by self-proclaimed madam Katina Powell -- who said U of L staffers paid thousands of dollars for dancing and sex services from her stable of women. 

The NCAA determined Powell was telling the truth -- and claim former director of basketball operations Andre McGee paid more than $5,400 for adult entertainment and sex acts for at least 17 UL players and recruits from 2010 to 2014. 

McGee was hit with 2 charges -- including arranging the entertainment and failing to cooperate with the NCAA investigation, both considered "severe" breaches of conduct. 

As for Pitino -- he was charged with failure to frequently spot-check the program -- including looking for red flags and asking pointed questions ... basically failing to monitor the program. 

Pitino's alleged violation is also considered "severe" and could result in a suspension. 

A 3rd basketball staffer was also charged with failure to cooperate. 

The University is backing Pitino -- claiming it believes McGee acted alone and no other school official had knowledge of his actions. 

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