Andre McGee, the figure at the center of University of Louisville’s basketball escort scandal, resigned Friday morning as assistant basketball coach at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, head coach Kareem Richardson confirmed to The Courier-Journal.

McGee, the former director of basketball operations at U of L, had been placed on administrative leave at UMKC after the publication of Katina Powell’s book in which she alleges he paid her $10,000 from 2010-14 to provide dancers and escorts to entertain U of L players and recruits.

McGee said in an email to the athletic director of the Kansas City school that he had “reluctantly” decided to resign because the team deserves a full-time assistant and he was not able to provide that “while the false allegations against me are investigated.”

McGee’s lawyer, Scott C. Cox of Louisville, declined comment Friday but previously said McGee “has never supplied a prostitute or escort to a player or recruit at the University of Louisville.”

Richardson declined comment on McGee’s resignation, saying that until the investigations are complete, “I won’t have further comments about Andre or the allegations.”

Powell has said in the book and interviews that McGee provided over $10,000 for strippers and sexual favors. McGee played four years at Louisville, helping the Cardinals reach the NCAA tournament’s regional finals twice.

By Glenn Erby

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