An assistant University of Missouri-Kansas City basketball coach has resigned, saying he can't do his job while battling what he called "false allegations" that he hired dancers to strip and have sex with recruits while he was a coach at Louisville.
UMKC announced Andre McGee's resignation Friday. He had been on paid administrative leave since Oct. 2, when the allegations surfaced.
Former escort and stripper Katina Powell has claimed that McGee paid $10,000 for 22 shows that took place in a Louisville dormitory from 2010 to 2014. Louisville coach Rick Pitino has denied any knowledge of such parties and said he will not resign.
McGee played at Louisville before becoming a graduate assistant coach and director of men's basketball operations. He left the university last year to become an assistant at UMKC.
IBJ Book Publishing, a sister firm to IBJ, released Powell’s book, “Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen,” on Oct.2. Since then, the University of Louisville has started two investigations into her allegations, and the NCAA has launched its own investigation into possible recruiting violations.
Kentucky’s Commonwealth Attorney is also working with Louisville metro police and the University of Louisville to investigate possible criminal conduct.
A report on Tuesday by ESPN cited five basketball players who confirmed Powell’s allegations that the former director of men’s basketball operations at Louisville hired Powell repeatedly to provide strippers for current Louisville basketball players and recruits.
UMKC officials said Friday they would have no further comment on the situation while it was being investigated.