Louisville’s Lewis: AD says Pitino ‘going to be our coach’

(Jeff Reeves/CBS North Carolina file photo)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Louisville graduate transfer Trey Lewis says athletic director Tom Jurich has assured players that Hall of Famer Rick Pitino will remain the Cardinals coach amid escort allegations.

Speaking during the Atlantic Coast Conference media day Wednesday, Lewis says Jurich “explained to us that coach Pitino is going to be our coach.”

Lewis also says Pitino has told them “that he’s going to be here for a long time,” so players aren’t worried about his future.

Pitino isn’t attending the media day on the advice of counsel.

Lewis says he prays for Pitino all the time, but the coach is handling the turmoil well.

Allegations emerged earlier this month that an ex-staffer hired an escort and other dancers to strip and have sex with players and recruits from 2010-14.

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