Gaudio says he faced Mack in the summer of 2020 over alleged NCAA violations
A new wrinkle has emerged in the ongoing federal extortion case involving former Louisville men’s basketball assistant Dino Gaudio.
According to new court documents filed Wednesday as part of a sentencing memorandum from attorney Brian Butler, Gaudio alleges he confronted head coach Chris Mack over alleged NCAA violations as early as ” in early summer 2020 “.
During a March 17 visit with Mack, Gaudio was told he would not see his contract renewed due to “bad staff chemistry,” according to the document. Gaudio then threatened to go public with the alleged NCAA violations, unless he received a lump sum of 17 months salary, which indicates his salary until his scheduled retirement date in September 2022.
The recruiting violations in question, according to the document, were the use of graduate assistants in practice and the use of recruiting videos that “mimicked the ESPN 30 for 30 broadcast by creating individualized recruiting videos for recruits. popular “.
The document also states that Mack agreed to pay the 17 months salary “either through the University of Louisville or personally, if necessary,” and that Mack had recorded the meeting. Gaudio attempted to meet with Mack a day later, March 18, but was refused, and Louisville self-reported the violations later that day.
Further, not only does the document state that Gaudio and Mack had “profound differences in how to deal with COVID in order to keep everyone healthy”, it also alleges that Mack conducted training that “may have been in violation. NCAA COVID Protocols â.
It is even alleged that Gaudio was contacted by “a Louisville coach outside of the men’s basketball program” regarding workouts that allegedly violated COVID protocols.
Finally, Gaudio says Mack called a coaches meeting after Louisville was kicked out of the NCAA tournament and started criticizing the players. He alleges that Mack “began to criticize the players” and “began to threaten to take away the players’ scholarships.”
Despite this, Gaudio admits he was “unmistakably mistaken and out of character,” according to the documents, and “immediately took responsibility for his actions.”
The former aide pleaded guilty to “interstate communication with intent to extort” in June, and the sentencing memorandum recommends one year of probation and a $ 10,000 fine. He will be officially sentenced on August 27 and does not incur a prison sentence.