Pitino, Jurich placed on leave at Louisville

College Basketball Takes a Big Hit With Arrests

Rick Pitino, AD Tom Jurich expected to be fired at Louisville amid FBI probe, reports say

Louisville men's basketball coach Rick Pitino was sacked on Wednesday after the school's alleged involvement in fraud and corruption in recruiting, according to ESPN.

"Being legendary, it doesn't give you more rights than anybody else", Byrd said of Pitino.

"It is vital for this university to strictly adhere to NCAA rules and enforce federal law".

Although Pitino isn't officially out of a job yet, his attorney, Steve Pence, told the Louisville Courier-Journal that the school had "effectively fired" the coach by putting him on unpaid leave. Pitino has been suspended without pay, effective immediately. In fact Jurich - whose daughter is an executive at the company - reached a $160 million contract extension with the company earlier this summer.

Jurich's leave is paid while Pitino's is unpaid. I have no idea other than the fact that he won a lot of games and the NCAA never seemed to take it that serious.

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So anybody that is with us, that's chosen to be in our squad, whether they're capped or not, they're there for the long run. If I need to put a player on the pitch because we need to change it tactically or injury, we will play someone.

Louisville's Board of Trustees unanimously supported the action, its chairman said during the briefing. When Jurich refused, he too was placed on leave. An interim coach and athletics director will be named within 48 hours, Postel said. According to criminal complaints filed this week, this coach played directly into the recruitment of Brian Bowen to Louisville as he allegedly asked an AAU coach to funnel money to Bowen so he would play at the university. Louisville's release said the player who was part of Tuesday's indictment has been notified that he has been removed from team activities.

The FBI also accused a Louisville player of accepting $100,000 from an Adidas representative.

"As a student, it definitely doesn't look good going to a school that had an interim president come in, now the athletic department", said Nicholas Everett, a sophomore studying middle and secondary education. "We're doing everything in an appropriate way and will continue to do so". Pitino's son, Richard, who now coaches the Minnesota Golden Gophers, has since released a statement of his own, via ESPN.

The coaches who have been arrested are Auburn assistant Chuck Person, Oklahoma State assistant Lamont Evans, Arizona assistant Emanuel Richardson and USC assistant Tony Bland.

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