He has been the head coach of several teams in NCAA Division I and in the NBA, including Boston University (1978–1983), Providence College (1985–1987), the New York Knicks (1987-1989), the University of Kentucky (1989–1997), the Boston Celtics (1997-2001) and the University of Louisville (2001–2017).
Pitino led Kentucky to the NCAA championship in 1996 and Louisville to the NCAA championship in 2013.
Kentucky is a “pass through state” meaning that women or men who are trafficked tend to come from other cities, but come through Kentucky on their way from one point to another.
Traffickers prefer to make the victim leave the area they are from to lessen the chance they would run.
During the investigation of the allegations, the university self-imposed a ban on the 2016 NCAA Tournament.
In June 2017, the NCAA announced that the university would lose four basketball scholarships over the course of four seasons, but there would be no further postseason ban.
Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labor or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs. — Rick Pitino and Louisville officials are preparing their appeal to the sanctions the NCAA levied on them after its escorts investigation.But one would-be elephant in the room they don’t have to deal with is a postseason ban.They finished the season with a 35-5 record, recording the most victories in school history.Gorgui Dieng suffered a broken wrist in the Missouri game and did not play against Duke.
In its third NCAA Championship game Louisville went down 12 points.