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Louisville basketball is at the center of a sex scandal, according to allegations made in a new book.

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A new book is alleging a staff member at Louisville "paid escorts to dance for and have sex with players and recruits," according to a report by Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports. The allegations appear in a book co-authored by Louisville escort Katina Powell and journalist Dick Cady titled, "Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen."

The staffer is alleged to be Andre McGee. McGee, now an assistant at Missouri-Kansas City, has been placed on administrative leave. The NCAA is aware of the allegations and has already interviewed former Louisville players and one-time Cardinals recruit Antonio Blakeney, according to ESPN's Jeff Goodman. Blakeney was a McDonald's All-American in the class of 2015 who committed to Louisville on an official visit last year, then decommitted 10 days later. He would go to choose LSU, where he'll play this season.

Here's a section from Forde's story detailing the allegations:

The book alleges that over a four-year period, Powell brought women into Billy Minardi Hall - the basketball dormitory on the Louisville campus that is named after Pitino's late brother-in-law - through a side door to entertain players and recruits. Powell also says her dancers - which included her daughters - also entertained Louisville players at other locations off-campus. After the women danced for the players for an agreed-upon sum, Powell alleges that she would negotiate a second payment for the women to have sex with the athletes.

Powell writes in the book, after Louisville won the national championship in 2013, "I felt like I was part of the recruitment team. A lot of them players went to Louisville because of me."

The operation, which was reportedly taking place at dorms and off-campus houses and apartments, was allegedly making at least $10,000 in cash exchanged hands.

Rick Pitino and Tom Jurich spoke to the media on Friday. Pitino said he had no knowledge of the allegations.

UPDATE: Zach Osterman of the Indy Star has some details on how Indiana alerted Louisville to the allegations:

Indiana coach Tom Crean has responded to the public interest in IU's role in the situation:

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