Rick Pitino Out As Head Coach In Louisville

Written by ESPN News Staff at ESPN.com

Louisville men’s head basketball coach Rick Pitino has been placed on unpaid administrative leave interim president Greg Postel announced Wednesday.

Athletic director Tom Jurich has been placed on paid administrative leave Postel said at a news conference.

The news comes after the program was linked to a federal investigation into fraud and corruption in recruiting.

Jurich and Pitino met Wednesday morning with Postel.

Postel said the school will work quickly to name an interim coach and athletic director, possibly within 48 hours. The status of the coaching staff will be made by the interim coach Postel said.

The school’s board of trustees was unanimous in sporting the moves according to chairman J. David Grissom who also attended the news conference.

A final decision on Jurich and Pitino will be made by the trustees no later than their next scheduled meeting on Oct. 18 Postel said.

Steve Pence, Pitino’s attorney, told the Louisville Courier-Journal Wednesday that the coach has been “effectively fired.”

According to his contract, Pitino must be given 10 days notice before any firing can be official.

On Tuesday, 10 men — including a top Adidas executive and four college assistant coaches — were charged with using hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes to influence star athletes’ choice of schools, shoe sponsors, agents, even tailors. Federal prosecutors said at least three top high school recruits were promised payments of as much as $150,000, using money supplied by Adidas, to attend two universities sponsored by the athletic shoe company.

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