A court filing by the University of Louisville Athletic Association requests an admission from former Cardinals head basketball coach Rick Pitino that he allowed Christian Dawkins to attend a September practice before the agent was arrested during the FBI's investigation into college basketball corruption.
On Tuesday, Justin Sayers of the Louisville Courier Journal reported ULAA lawyers made 53 "requests for admission" as part of their defense in Pitino's breach-of-contract lawsuit.
The connection between Pitino and Dawkins is tied to allegations of improper benefits provided to prized prospect Brian Bowen before his commitment to Louisville.
In September, ABC News (via ESPN.com) reported Dawkins told a cooperating witness he "helped funnel $100,000 to the family of recruit Brian Bowen" for a coach identified in court documents as Pitino.
The longtime Louisville coach, who led the program from 2001 until last October, told ESPN's Jay Bilas following his termination he passed a lie-detector test to determine his alleged involvement.
"I was asked two questions. And I said, 'I want you to ask me if any other recruits in my tenure were ever given anything.' And he [the polygraph examiner] said, 'That's not what we're here for. We're here for: Did you have any knowledge of the Bowen family getting any money? Did you have any knowledge of an Adidas transaction?'
"I answered 'absolutely not' on both questions and passed the lie-detector test. So I had no knowledge of any of this."
"I was shocked," Bowen said about his name coming up in the FBI investigation. "I didn't believe it at all. ... They have to be lying. There's no way I'm involved in it. I don't know anything about it."
Pitino is seeking more than $35 million from the university in a federal lawsuit.