Author Mike Sokolove 
‘The Last Temptation Of Rick Pitino’

In Louisville, we get such a courtside view of all manner of Pitino matters that it might be difficult to stand back to take it all in. “Follow the money” is certainly a guide to seeing how NCAA basketball became a swamp in need of draining. Oh, and somewhere in the mix are the potential careers and well-being of student-athletes. Did you know that there appear to be requirements that athletic-shoe sponsors must give permission before ankles can be taped if it obscures a corporate logo? Big and small revelations are all over the “The Last Temptation of Rick Pitino: A Story of Corruption, Scandal, and the Big Business of College Basketball.” Sokolove’s thorough research includes interviewing Pitino as well as dismissed Athletic Director Tom Jurich.


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