Former Wake Forest coach Dino Gaudio facing federal extortion charge

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FILE - In this Jan. 30, 2019, file photo, Louisville assistant coach Dino Gaudio cheers on the team against Wake Forest during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Winston-Salem, N.C. Federal authorities have charged Gaudio with attempting to extort the university after his dismissal from the team. Gaudio threatened to go to the media with alleged NCAA violations by the team, according to a charging document filed in federal court. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

FILE – In this Jan. 30, 2019, file photo, Louisville assistant coach Dino Gaudio cheers on the team against Wake Forest during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Winston-Salem, N.C. Federal authorities have charged Gaudio with attempting to extort the university after his dismissal from the team. Gaudio threatened to go to the media with alleged NCAA violations by the team, according to a charging document filed in federal court. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Federal authorities have charged a former University of Louisville assistant basketball coach with attempting to extort the university.

A federal charging document says Dino Gaudio threatened to go to the media with alleged NCAA violations by the team.

He was in a March 17 meeting with team personnel when he says he would expose alleged violations by the team “in its production of recruiting videos for prospective student-athletes and in the use of its graduate assistants in practices.”

Gaudio and another assistant left the team in March.

Head coach Chris Mack says he is fully cooperating with the investigation.

Prior to his time at Louisville, Gaudio was with the Wake Forest University men’s basketball program for many years, serving as an assistant coach from 2001-2007 and as the head coach from 2007-2010.

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