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Louisville Basketball Scandal


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Louisville Basketball Scandal

  1. 1. Louisville Basketball Scandal Mamadou Ba
  2. 2. Louisville Basketball Scandal A women name Katina Powell released a book saying that former director of basketball operations for Louisville Men’s Basketball Andre McGee paid her and other strippers to be escorts for louisville basketball recruits. The name of the book Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen, Wrote by Katina Powell stated 22 women was involved with stripping and sex parties from 2010 up until 2014. After this book was released Katina Powell when on to ESPN Outside the Lines to tell the whole story.
  3. 3. Louisville Basketball Scandal (cont.) In her Interview with Outside the Lines, Katina said McGee would make “side deals” to pay extra for the strippers to have sex with recruits. A recruit that went on to play else where commented “I knew they weren't college girls. It was crazy. It was like I was in a strip club.” A former player came out saying he had sex with a dancer and McGee provided him with one-dollar bills to tip dancers. Another former player said “ McGee "would give us the money, just the recruits. A bunch of us were sitting there while they danced. Then the players left, and the recruits chose which one [of the dancers] they wanted."
  4. 4. Louisville Basketball Scandal (cont.) Katina, in her book and interview, said former players Terry Rozier and Montrezl Harrell along with former recruits JaQuan Lyle, Antonio Blakeney, Jordan Mickey had sex with the strippers. Rick Pitino of head coach of the Men’s basketball team said he knew nothing about everything stated in Katina Powell’s book. Players whose names were involved either denied to comment or denied everything Powell said in her book.
  5. 5. Concepts/Theories Decision Making Emotion in the workplace Leadership
  6. 6. Parties affected National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Louisville University Louisville Athletic Department Louisville Basketball Program Current/Former players Alumni Fans
  7. 7. NCAA Reaction Louisville being part of the NCAA notified them of the situation, the NCAA immediately started investigation. Even though investigation is still going on as an organization the NCAA will have to make decision through the investigation on how to handle this situation. In the past the NCAA has made decisions involving suspensions, sanctions, and terminations After the investigation, going through the decision making process I think the Fisher’s phase model is most appropriate for this situation
  8. 8. Fisher’s Phase Model Orientation; understanding the problem Conflict; members present and debate a solution Emergence; reach an agreement Reinforcement; support the solution
  9. 9. Louisville University Disciplinary Actions Investigation by the University revealed that some violations did occur. University President James Ramsey made the decision to ban the basketball. program from participating in the ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference) and NCAA tournament. The decision was made during the season and affected players who weren't even at louisville at the time of the incident.
  10. 10. Banned From Tournaments I personally feel that was the wrong decision made by the university due to timing. Current louisville players shouldn't have to suffer because of something that happened in the past. When making a decision, you have to look at who is affected and how. With louisville having a special season coaches, players, and fans were heartbroken by the decision. But nobody was more hurt then the two graduate transfers.
  11. 11. The Two Seniors Both Trey Lewis and Damion Lee transferred to Louisville after undergrad to have one chance to play in the NCAA tournament. But that was taken away with the decision made by the university. Neither of them was at louisville during the time of the scandal but got punished and dreams taken away from them After Rick Pitino held a meeting to inform the players of the decision made by the university Trey Lewis and Damion Lee both cried while being held by teammates.
  12. 12. Emotion in the Workplace I am sure you heard people say being a college athlete is like a job. The classroom, practice, and games is your workplace. After the decision and investigations going on; The university and everyone involved had feelings about the situation. Watching the basketball team play the rest of the regular season games, they did a great job of handling their emotions to produce wins. Most teams would fold and lose the rest of the games.
  13. 13. Handling Emotions in the Workplace Emotional Labor; A way to regulate your emotions at work. In Louisville basketball team case, understanding private and public. “What's said in the locker room stays in the locker room” Communicating; Understanding how everyone is feeling so that working together won't be difficult. Use emotion in a positive way to produce more. “Playing harder because the game you love is being taken away”
  14. 14. Leadership Leadership is the action of leading a group of people or an organization. "Leadership is having a vision, sharing that vision and inspiring others to support your vision while creating their own." – Mindy Gibbins-Klein
  15. 15. Louisville Leaders James Ramsey (President of the University) Tom Jurich (Athletic Director) Rick Pitino (Men's Head Basketball Coach) These three have to combine leadership, work together in order to dig the University, Athletic Department, and Basketball Program out this situation
  16. 16. Transformational VS Transactional Leadership Transformational Leadership: Style of leadership in which the leader identifies the needed change, creates a vision to guide the change through inspiration, and executes the change with the commitment of the members of the group. Transactional Leadership:Style of leadership that is based on the setting of clear objectives and goals for the followers as well as the use of either punishments or rewards in order to encourage compliance with these goals.
  17. 17. Rick Pitino’s Rick Pitino has been Louisville basketball coach since 2001, leading them to win a national championship in 2013. During this trial time for Louisville, he showed how great of a leader he is by the way his team continued to compete and win games even though they could not play in the tournament. Watching the games on tv and his interview you can tell he puts his all into Louisville basketball organization.
  18. 18. Rick Pitino’s Leadership Style From a far Rick Pitino has characteristic to a Transformational leader. He maximizes his programs and people involved to higher levels He inspires Louisville University staff and students to be there best His relationship with player go beyond basketball He is a role model that people respect and trust
  19. 19. Outcomes of the Scandal After all investigations I think Louisville basketball program will be disciplined by the NCAA to miss another year of the tournament. I don't believe that Rick Pitino will get fired, but I do think he will receive a suspension for no longer than a year Louisville basketball will lose some recruits but at the end of all this Louisville the university will still be in good standing as one of the top universities in the country Loyal fans will continue to show supports to another NCAA tournament appearance
  20. 20. References tournament-damion-lee-trey-lewis scandal/1188584/ basketball-players-recruits-acknowledge-stripper-parties-minardi-hall