Former Louisville graduate assistant says 'no basis' for NCAA charges

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Former Louisville basketball graduate assistant Brandon Williams is fighting back against the NCAA.

Documents obtained by the Louisville Courier-Journal and USA Today show that legal counsel for Williams say the NCAA has "no basis" for charging Williams withfailure to cooperate with investigators looking into the 2015 sex scandal that tarnished the program.

The office of attorney PeterR.Ginsberg said in a document dated Friday that the NCAA is trying to punish Williams for failing to hand over records "which he had no right or authority to produce."

Williams was a grad assistant at Louisville for two years before leaving the program last spring. The NCAA said last October in its notice of allegations that Williams"violatedthe principles of ethical conduct" when he did not give investigators information on Andre McGee, Louisville's former director of basketball operations, who allegedly arranged for women to have sex with and dance for players and recruits.

The NCAA rejected appeals from the school and Louisville head coach Rick Pitino on a Level I violation stemming from the scandal. The NCAA maintains thatPitino did not monitor his team and players properly, which allowed McGee to allegedlyrun a prostitution ring.

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Louisville told the NCAA that "Williams refused to provide all of his requested cellular telephone records." Williams, who is now a high school coach in Miami, claims the phone in question was in his mother's name and that he did surrender his work phone to the school and NCAA investigators.

"No matter what Mr. Williams did, and no matter how responsive he was, the NCAA always asked for more," his legal counsel stated in the documents obtained by the Courier-Journal. "While the subject matter of the investigation, and the ensuing investigation of the University of Louisville, are indisputably legitimate, exposing Mr. Williams to a lifetime of stigma is neither justified nor appropriate. Mr. Williams more than satisfied his obligations to the NCAA."

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