Written by Matt Norlander at CBS Sports.com
The FBI’s probe into nefarious recruiting in college basketball has now cost a second coach at Louisville his job.
The school announced Wednesday night that assistant coach Jordan Fair has been terminated without cause.
“The University of Louisville has parted ways with assistant men’s basketball coach Jordan Fair, exercising the option in his contract to terminate his employment without cause,” the statement reads. “He will continue to be paid for 30 days. Associate head men’s basketball coach Kenny Johnson remains on paid administrative leave.”
Fair was promoted to Cardinals assistant in March.
Johnson and Fair were put on paid leave Oct. 6. Fair’s dismissal came a little more than five hours after Louisville held a press conference to announce former Stanfordand TCU coach Trent Johnson had been brought on as the first full-time assistant under interim Cardinals coach David Padgett.
“We are in the process of executing our due diligence as it relates to an ongoing investigation and feel that this an appropriate step at this time,” Louisville interim athletic director Vince Tyra said Friday. “Our university will continue to fully cooperate with federal authorities in their investigation.”
No one connected to Louisville has been named or charged in the FBI’s investigation at this stage. However, the federal complaint on behalf of the FBI includes a wiretapped conversation between an unnamed U of L assistant and an undercover agent on July 27. Louisville was on probation from the NCAA at that point, a sanction that stemmed from an NCAA investigation into strippers and escorts entertaining Louisville recruits and players in an on-campus dorm.
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