Breaking Cardinal Rules - Katina Powell & Dick Cady

Breaking Cardinal Rules

By Katina Powell & Dick Cady

  • Release Date: 2015-10-02
  • Genre: Basketball
Score: 3.5
From 117 Ratings


An expose of sexual recruiting tactics from the journal pages of an escort queen.

Breaking Cardinal Rules is an exposé by escort Katina Powell based on her experiences providing sexual services for the basketball program at the University of Louisville. It is written with Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Dick Cady.

Powell has filled five journals with details of her escort escapades, sexual encounters and her activities at the University of Louisville. Most of the U of L services she provided took place in the men's dormitory where most of the basket players reside.
Her main contact and the man with the money–the school's former director of basketball operations and former graduate assistant, Andre McGee–kept Powell and her girls busy from 2010 to 2014.

Powell does not present a sympathetic character. Her life is full of contradictions. She has no remorse over the choices she has made. Her story is true in all its graphic detail.

"If you think you've heard seamy tales about recruiting before, wait till you get a load of this. The Louisville high command has vowed to take the matter very seriously. It should."
-Mike Lopresti, retired USA Today sports columnist

Dick Cady worked for the Dearborn (Michigan) Guide, Ypsilanti Daily Press, Detroit News, Indianapolis Star and Newsday and also wrote for The Nation, NUVO Newsweekly, Indianapolis Monthly Magazine, the Johnson County Journal and Bloomington Herald-Times. He won 51 local, state and national journalism awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for special local reporting, the Associated Press Freedom of Information Award, the Drew Pearson Award, George Polk Memorial Award, Sigma Delta Chi national journalism society Gold Medal, an American Bar Association special certificate of merit, and two National Headliners awards. In 1976-77 he was assistant director of "The Arizona Project" sponsored by Investigative Reporters and Editors, which examined organized crime, political corruption and land fraud after the assassination of Phoenix reporter Don Bolles. The project won a special gold medal from Sigma Delta Chi as "the outstanding investigative reporting effort of the year." Cady is the author of six books.

Keywords: University Of Louisville, Cardinals, Recruitment, Basketball, College, Sports, Recruitment Violations, Sex, Striptease Andre Mcgee, Escorting Services


  • Raw. Rough. Honest.

    By ruined cool app
    Different type of read for me… It was difficult to read at times… Because of the honesty and the nature of what was going on. Disturbing, moving and real. Easy read, takes a day or 2 and well worth it. Typically read coaching and basketball history type books but I'm glad I read this. Again, the reality aspect is overwhelming at times with age of the recruits and the business like approach to ruining some of these kids, but I highly recommend this read.
  • Repetitive

    By Von Halen
    It's 119 pages, but could be 50 if the same stuff wasn't repeated page after page. Interesting insight into big time college recruiting though. I really doubt most of America wants to believe what is really going on with these big money NCAA athletic programs.
  • Breaking cardinal rules

    By Jayjayc1888
    Where do I sign up to get a refund?
  • Poor proof

    By Blindbat40206
    I can make up same crap
  • Profile of courage

    By wtjones1
    Katina Powell is to be commended for having the courage she has displayed in this book. Best wishes and God Bless to her and her family in the future!
  • Louisville

    It's about time Louisville sports finally gets caught they should fire Rick and Tom jurich the AD needs to step down he doesn't have control of the athletics, he spends money on stadiums and campus like crazy so you think he would spend a couple 1,000's to pay some escorts lol
  • So so

    By Gkgkgkgkgeee
    I wouldn't waste your time. Everything can pretty much be read in the news.
  • Quick read

    By Lobster Rob
    Easy read. Entertaining, but the story jumps all over the place. Is it a story about Katina's life, or the rules violations of UofL. Probably not 100% true, but definitely very incriminating for a nationally know program and coach.