Former Louisville assistant basketball coach Dino Gaudio, an authentic member of the teaching workers at U of L since Chris Mack accepted the pinnacle teaching job in 2018, has been federally charged with tried extortion towards this system. In line with charging paperwork filed Tuesday from the U.S. Lawyer’s workplace of Western Kentucky, Gaudio is alleged to have threatened to report media allegations that the Louisville program violated NCAA guidelines in manufacturing of recruiting movies for potential student-athletes.
Gaudio allegedly dedicated the extortion in two separate situations on March 17. The charging doc alleges the primary occasion was in a gathering with College of Louisville personnel the place he threatened to share the NCAA guidelines violation as a bargaining chip for 17 months wage. He later despatched a textual content that day to Louisville personnel containing one of many movies he was threatening to share. The charging doc alleges Gaudio, in doing so, “knowingly transmitted in interstate commerce, with intent to extort cash and different issues of worth from the College of Louisville, a risk to injure the repute of the College of Louisville.”
His contract with the college expired the next month and he was not welcomed again to this system.
“As detailed within the charging doc, after Gaudio was knowledgeable that his contract wouldn’t be renewed, he threatened to tell members of the media of alleged NCAA violations inside the males’s basketball program until he was paid a major sum of cash,” Louisville stated Tuesday in an announcement. “The allegations of violations are the impermissible manufacturing of recruiting movies for potential student-athletes and the impermissible use of graduate managers in practices and exercises. Whereas the College can not remark additional as a result of ongoing federal investigation and the NCAA course of, it proceed to cooperate with authorities in addition to with the NCAA on the matter.”
Gaudio is a well-traveled coach whose profession spans practically three a long time. He started his head-coaching profession at Military within the early Nineties earlier than a stint as an assistant at Xavier, the place he coached Mack. He later served as the pinnacle coach at Loyola (Md.) and at last at Wake Forest, the place he led the Demon Deacons to 2 NCAA Match appearances after an extended tenure there as an assistant. He turned a broadcaster with ESPN after his ouster at Wake Forest in 2010 earlier than re-emerging on Mack’s workers.
In an announcement Tuesday, Mack stated he and Louisville are the “victims of Coach Gaudio’s conduct” and that he’s cooperating totally with authorities of their investigations.