Voicemails to Rick Pitino among wiretap audio released in college basketball corruption scandal

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WKYT) - A report shows a number of phone calls and voicemails tied to the college basketball corruption scandal.

ESPN obtained the audio, which includes audio about the recruitment of Brian Bowen Jr., who eventually committed to Louisville.

A jury convicted a former Adidas executive, a business manager and the director of an amateur league in the corruption case, which involved a scheme to funnel tens of thousands of dollars in secret payments to the families so the prospects would commit to Adidas-sponsored schools.

The case caused a scandal that forced the exit of Louisville coach Rick Pitino last year.

Two of the recordings released were voicemails to Pitino sent by former Addidas executive James Gatto, and one was recorded after Bowen Jr. committed to the Cardinals.

Pitino's attorney Marc Mukasey would say the convictions supported his client's assertion that he was unaware of the scheme.

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