Report: Former Louisville assistant basketball coach faces federal charge of extortion
Former Louisville assistant men’s basketball coach Dino Gaudio has been federally charged with extortion, according to a report from Jason Riley of WDRB. The news was reported on Tuesday.
WHAS11 News’ Hayley Mingoue reported that recently filed paperwork that alleges that Gaudio threatened to report that Louisville’s basketball program violated NCAA rules in the production of recruiting videos that were created for potential student-athletes.
From the Courier and Journal:
Documents say that Gaudio on March 17 in an in-person meeting with Louisville personnel threatened to report to the media allegations that the basketball program had violated NCAA rules in its production of recruiting videos for prospective student-athletes and in the use of its graduate assistants in practices – unless the university paid his salary an additional 17 months or provided an equivalent lump sum.
Gaudio sent a text message to U of L personnel containing one of the recruiting videos he threatened to send to the media.
Gaudio joined the staff of head coach Chris Mack at Louisville in 2018. At the conclusion of last season, Mack made the decision not to bring Gaudio back for the 2021-22 campaign.
Mack released a statement on this situation, saying “the University and I were the victims of Coach Gaudio’s conduct and I will continue to fully cooperate with authorities in their investigations.”