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Gaudio audio reveals former UofL assistant called AD Vince Tyra a ‘toad’

Ex-basketball assistant heard on tape giving coach Chris Mack ‘you’re paying me’ ultimatum
Published: Aug. 27, 2021 at 3:44 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 28, 2021 at 12:02 AM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - Former Louisville assistant basketball coach Dino Gaudio was sentenced Friday to probation and a $10,000 fine for attempting to extort money from the University of Louisville.

Referring to Gaudio as “a North Carolina man,” the U.S. Department of Justice posted the news of the former coach’s punishment on its website Friday.

According to court documents, Gaudio, 64, was informed that his contract would not be renewed, prompting him to try to extort money from the school. In a conversation with UofL head coach Chris Mack, that Mack was secretly recording, Gaudio is heard making threats and demanding to be paid.

“If you’re not renewing my contract, then you’re paying me for a year and a half,” Gaudio is heard telling Mack on the audiotape, provided to WAVE 3 News by ESPN 680 Radio. “Here’s what you’re gonna do. It stays right here between me and you for about 24 hours. You go tell that f---ing toad over there (UofL athletic director) Vince Tyra, ‘Dino’s my guy. I gotta take care of him. I’m want to pay him for a year.’ OK? And none of this sh-- f---ing happens, OK?”

Gaudio had threatened to report to the media that the school’s basketball program had allegedly violated NCAA rules in its production of recruiting videos, and in its use of graduate assistants in practices, unless he was paid his salary of $25,000 a month for an additional 17 months, or received a lump sum payment of $425,000, the DOJ wrote on its website. As part of the threat, Gaudio sent a text message to UofL staff containing one of the recruiting videos he was threatening to share with media.

“Last time this happened to me, I took the high road,” Gaudio is heard saying on the audio that was published Friday. “Took the high road, didn’t say anything, said all the good things. That s--t this time affected my family, my career, my livelihood. That ain’t happening again.”

Also Friday, UofL announced that Mack will be sentenced for six games in the upcoming season for not following protocols during the Gaudio dustup.

In a video interview with media Friday afternoon, Tyra said he was not aware of Mack’s plan to record his conversation with Gaudio.

Mack and Gaudio go back more than 20 years, having been mentored by the late basketball coach Skip Prosser. Both Mack and Gaudio worked with Prosser at Xavier and Wake Forest. Mack eventually would coach Xavier, where he once played, and Gaudio would take over at Wake Forest when Prosser died suddenly in 2007. When Mack got the Louisville job before the 2018-19 season, he hired Gaudio as his top assistant.

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