Published: Tue, October 17, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Louisville Cardinals fire Rick Pitino 'with just cause' amid FBI investigation

Louisville Cardinals fire Rick Pitino 'with just cause' amid FBI investigation

Louisville's Athletic Association officially fired coach Rick Pitino "with just cause" on Monday almost three weeks after the school acknowledged that its men's basketball program is being investigated as part of a federal corruption probe. He told university officials to remedy that breach, or the school will have to pay out the rest of Pitino's contract to the tune of roughly $44 million. Trustees are expected to make a decision on Jurich's future later this week.

Pitino, 65, is not specifically named in court complaints in the federal probe but Postel said in a disciplinary letter that the allegations violated the coach's contract.

Pitino coached 16 years at Louisville and led the Cardinals to the 2013 NCAA championship.

Ten men, including a top Adidas executive and four assistant coaches, were charged by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on September 26. with using hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes to influence incoming athletes. Pitino has said he was unaware of those events.

"The coach did not engage in any of this activity, he didn't know about the activity", Pence said after meeting with the ULAA, but prior to the final decision.

Pence entered the meeting carrying a poster board for presentation to the ULAA.

Louisville is accused of having paid the family of five-star recruit Brian Bowen $100,000 for his commitment earlier this summer.

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David Padgett has been approved for a 12-month/$800,000 contract to serve as Louisville's interim head coach.

Neither the book of documents nor the presentation by Pitino's legal team swayed the board.

Pitino did not attend the meeting, but his lawyers submitted an affidavit on his behalf.

Rick Pitino at June 15 press conference reacting to NCAA penalties related to the escort scandal. Pitino received a five-game suspension.

Already on probation for a scandal involving strippers and escorts entertaining recruits and other players in dorm rooms - Pitino also said a year ago he was unaware of those actions - the Louisville basketball program could face severe NCAA penalties depending on the outcome of the current investigation.

"Your involvement in these recent scandals can not be considered isolated events", Postel wrote in the letter.

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