Former Louisville basketball commit JaQuan Lyle, who is somehow still a freshman in college (at Ohio State now after committing to Louisville and Oregon), has apparently confirmed the “gist of allegations” to the NCAA. This is the next big chapter in the scandal saga.
Ohio State freshman JaQuan Lyle spoke with an NCAA investigator this week about his recruiting visit to Louisville in June 2013 and confirmed the gist of allegations involving paid escorts during his trip to the school, a source with knowledge of the NCAA’s investigation told CBS Sports on Thursday morning.
“He told the truth,” the source said.
The allegations were made in a book published last Friday night called “Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen.” In it, Katina Powell, a self-described madam, writes that she took four escorts, at the request of former Louisville staff member Andre McGee, to do a “show” for a “new recruit named JaQuan Lyle.”
“I took Rod-Ni, TooTall, Jazmine and Shay, who calls herself Sammi,” Powell wrote in a journal entry. “TooTall made $100, Shay made $100, and Jazzy made nothing because she did absolutely nothing.”
Lyle, just a couple of weeks after his visit, committed to Louisville but later de-committed. He subsequently planned to play at Oregon but ultimately landed at Ohio State.
Now we must wait and see what the “gist” is and if anyone else confirms it.