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Pitino says NCAA 'satisfied' with self-imposed punishments

Rick Pitino (WAVE 3 News file photo) Rick Pitino (WAVE 3 News file photo)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - UofL basketball coach Rick Pitino said he believes the school's self-imposed sanctions are enough to satisfy the NCAA as the governing body continues investigating an escort's allegations that a former Cardinals staffer hired her and other dancers to entertain recruits and players.

The school in February announced a postseason ban following its investigation into Katina Powell's allegations determined that violations did occur. The October 2015 release of Powell's tell-all memoir rocked the basketball program and kept a dark cloud over the Cards throughout the season.

Louisville imposed additional sanctions in April, reducing scholarships and recruiting visits and contacts by staff from 2016-18. Several investigations into the program continue, but Pitino said Tuesday that self-imposed measures suggested by investigator Chuck Smrt should be enough.

"We have to rely on (Smrt's) expertise, so in his expertise and his feelings, we've done everything that we needed to do." Pitino said in a radio interview on 840 WHAS on Tuesday.

Pitino said he thinks a final NCAA ruling could come down any day.

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