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Indiana's involvement in the Louisville prostitutes-for-recruits scandal is all pretty explainable

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The Indianapolis Business Journal published a report this afternoon alleging former Louisville basketball ops director Andre McGee was purchasing strippers and prostitutes for recruits. So Rick Pitino attacked the IBJ's "ties" to Indiana.

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So.

Uh, this is, uh, I don't even know.

Earlier today, the Indianapolis Business Journal released a story/press release-ish stating that they'll be releasing a book tomorrow written by a woman that alleges she presided over a system of escorts funded by University of Louisville Director of Basketball Operations Andre McGee.  IIf you'd like more details on all that, you can read Ricky O'Donnell's recap right here.

Like, that's weird.

And here's where it gets weirder:

Reporters are asking questions about whether or not Indiana turned Louisville in:

WHAAAAAAAAAAAAT?

The story, from there, even gets weirder still.

At the end of the his press conference, Rick Pitino was asked about the fact that an "Indianapolis newspaper" was picking the story up and their publishing house printing the book -- which could be released tomorrow. Pitino responded by stating the fact that, from what he was told, the "publisher" of the book's name is on Indiana's law school and going on to attack the book's credibility.. That law school, which the author of this article attends, is indeed named for Michael Maurer -- who is the chairman of IBJ Media Corp. Do with that what you will.

Zach Osterman of the Indianapolis Star got in touch with Fred Glass during Pitino's press conference. Glass said the first he'd heard of any of this was when it was in the news, stating ""I’d be extremely surprised if anybody would have that communication with Louisville without telling me about it. And nobody told me about it."

I don't know what to do with any of this. I don't know. It's pretty obvious Louisville is taking the "attack the book's credibility" angle here -- as there's no other real route to go. We'll update as things continue to develop.

UPDATE, 6:46pm:

Tom Crean has now responded to the comments from Pitino and Jurich.

Ok, so, maybe did in fact tip Louisville off to all of this: