Louisville coach Rick Pitino released a statement Tuesday night regarding the ongoing FBI investigation into his basketball program after the FBI and the Department of Justice revealed on Tuesday morning a years-long investigation into bribery and fraud in college basketball recruiting

Through his lawyer, Steve Pence, Pitino released the following statement: 

"These allegations come as a complete shock to me. If true, I agree with the U.S. Attorney's Office that these third-party schemes, initiated by a few bad actors, operated to commit a fraud on the impacted universities and their basketball programs, including the University of Louisville. Our fans and supporters deserve better and I am committed to taking whatever steps are needed to ensure those responsible are held accountable."

Louisville confirmed on Tuesday afternoon that it is currently under investigation by the FBI. 

Louisville, and by proxy Pitino, are connected to the case due to the recruitment of multiple players who are alleged to have been provided tens of thousands of dollars in exchange for attending U of L. One player in particular, 2017 five-star prospect Brian Bowen, appears to be at the heart of Louisville's side of the scandal. In unsealed complaint documents on behalf of the U.S. Attorneys Office and the FBI, the complaint identifies a "public research university located in Kentucky" as party to the illicit recruiting of unidentified players. 

Accusations by the FBI include $100,000 payments from an Adidas representative to the family of "Player 10" as means of signing said player with "University-6" -- which is Louisville. Bowen committed to Louisville on June 5, this after his recruitment went on for years and did not involve Louisville until the final weeks before he pledged to the Cardinals. 

The FBI's complaint states that financial advisers conspired to get $100,000 to the family of "Player 10" by the request of a coach at what can reasonably be deduced as Louisville. The FBI cites wire-tapped phone records between James Gatto, who was director of global sports marketing with Adidas, and a Louisville coach in multiple instances prior to Bowen's commitment.

During his Tuesday afternoon press conference, U.S. Attorney Joon Kim recommended the public use Google to connect the dots with a lot of these schools, coaches and players. 

There are also details in the FBI's complaint that a separate player had money arranged for he and his family in order to sign with "University-6." That money was hidden by pushing it through an Adidas-affiliated grassroots basketball team named 1 Family AAU, which is run by Jonathan Brad Augustine. Augustine and Gatto were two of the 10 men arrested Tuesday in the FBI's probe. No one connected to Louisville has been publicly named, but the program is subject to the ongoing federal investigation.

Pitino, who won a national championship in 2013 with Louisville, has previously survived calls for his dismissal. He was embroiled in a sex scandal, that led to extortion charges against his mistress in 2011. Then, after a self-proclaimed madam revealed in 2015 a years-long prostitute/stripper scandal at Louisville, Pitino again kept his post. That scandal has been reviewed by the NCAA, and the Louisville 2012-13 championship banner hangs in the balance. The case is currently under appeal.