He has done nothing illegal."Kenny Klein, assistant athletic director in charge of communications at Louisville, added that Pitino hasn't made any suggestion that he would leave the program.
Louisville athletics director Tom Jurich reiterated Wednesday to that he is "one million percent behind coach Pitino." Jurich said he would make a more formal statement later Wednesday.
A message Wednesday for Tatum at his office in the university's basketball practice facility was not immediately returned.
Steven Pence, Pitino's lawyer, told on Tuesday night that there is no reason why Pitino would take a leave of absence in light of the information from his client's police interview being made public."I can't see any reason why the coach would take a leave of absence for being victimized by a woman like this," Pence said.
But Klein said there was no indication when Willard was hired that he would take over for Pitino on an interim basis. The newspaper obtained the records under the Kentucky Open Records Act.
Pence told that Pitino's involvement in the case would be for only one day when he is called as a witness, adding that there will not be any legal burden on Pitino during the trial. The case became public in April when Pitino released a statement saying someone had tried to extort him.
The Cardinals lost to Michigan State in the regional finals of the NCAA tournament. He went 90-74 with the New York Knicks from 1987 to 1989 and 102-146 with the Celtics from 1997 to 2001.
The demands later escalated to million, the complaint said. Cunagin Sypher reported the alleged rapes on July 9, about two months after she was indicted for extortion and lying to the FBI. Andy Abbott, the commander of the police department's sex offense unit, asked Cunagin Sypher during one interview why she waited until after she was indicted on the extortion charge to report her allegations.
She gave varying answers, according to transcripts, saying she wanted to forget about it, then that Pitino threatened her and finally that "they kept throwing crumbs to keep me happy." She didn't say what they were, the newspaper reported.
Police interviewed Pitino, who is married with five children, regarding the incident last month, and according to the newspaper, he said that he gave the woman ,000 to have an abortion.
Police records obtained by the Courier-Journal show that, according to Pitino, the then Karen Cunagin approached him in a Louisville restaurant where he had been drinking on Aug. The two met when Sypher approached him at the restaurant and asked him call her sons with words of encouragement, and the coach obliged, she said.