Five former Louisville players and recruits confirm scandalous book

Five former Louisville basketball players and recruits told ESPN's Outside the Lines that the gist of Katina Powell's book alleging she provided dancers and escorts at the request of former UL staff member Andre McGee is true.

"It was crazy," one former recruit told Outside the Lines. "It was like I was in a strip club."

A source previously told CBS Sports that former Louisville recruit JaQuan Lyle told the NCAA much the same thing earlier this month

Powell spoke with Outside the Lines on camera and detailed many of the same allegations she made in a book published earlier this month, but nothing new. She provided incriminating text messages she exchanged with McGee that she had previously written about, which Outside the Lines reported it was able to independently confirm.

Powell claims former Louisville recruits Lyle (now at Ohio State), Antonio Blakeney (now at LSU), Terry Rozier, Montrezl Harrell and Jordan Mickey (former LSU player) all had sex on their recruiting visits. Powell also told Outside the Lines she kept a journal because she "knew this day would come," and that when it did, people would accuse her of lying. Phone records obtained by ESPN indicate Powell had dozens of text messages between her and McGee, who Powell said “had the money," "made the deals" and "paid for the deals."

The 42-year-old Powell also appeared on camera with two of her daughters, Lindsay and Rod-ni, both of whom worked as escorts but at legal age, according to their mother. Rod-ni Powell claims she slept with Harrelll and earned "$100, maybe a little more" for the act. Lindsay Powell told Outside the Lines she had a "side deal" with former Cardinals star Russ Smith, who is now in the NBA.

Louisville officials subsequently declined comment.

Powell's attorneys are expected to meet with Louisville officials Tuesday.

The NCAA's investigation into the allegations remains open, a source told CBS Sports.

JaQuan Lyle (USATSI)
Ex-Louisville recruit JaQuan Lyle was allegedly provided with an escort. (USATSI)
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