Louisville places Rick Pitino, AD on ad­min­is­tra­tive leave

Ripon Bulletin - - Sports -

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Rick Pitino couldn’t sur­vive an­other scan­dal, with in­terim Louisville pres­i­dent plac­ing the coach and his boss on ad­min­is­tra­tive leave amid a na­tion­wide fed­eral bribery in­ves­ti­ga­tion that has rocked col­lege bas­ket­ball.

Pres­i­dent Greg Pos­tel’s de­ci­sion came after the school ac­knowl­edged Tues­day that the pro­gram is part of a fed­eral in­ves­ti­ga­tion into al­leged bribery of re­cruits . The 65-yearold coach wasn’t named in the in­dict­ment that re­sulted in the ar­rest of 10 peo­ple in­clud­ing four as­sis­tant coaches at other schools and an Adi­das ex­ec­u­tive.

Pos­tel didn’t stop with Pitino; he also side­lined ath­letic di­rec­tor Tom Jurich, putting him on paid ad­min­is­tra­tive leave. And though Pitino isn’t of­fi­cially out of a job — he was placed on un­paid leave — the coach’s at­tor­ney, Steve Pence, told the Courier-Jour­nal that Louisville has “ef­fec­tively fired” Pitino.

“I’m more an­gry than em­bar­rassed,” Pos­tel said Wed­nes­day at a news con­fer­ence, adding that an in­terim coach would be an­nounced within 48 hours. “We will be look­ing for some­one with in­tegrity . ... There’s no rea­son this team can’t have a good sea­son.”

Pitino has a 416-143 record over 16 years at Louisville, in­clud­ing a 2013 NCAA cham­pi­onship. But there have been con­tin­u­ing off-the-court is­sues.

Jurich, who has been at the school for nearly 20 years, has al­ways sup­ported Pitino through many em­bar­rass­ing trans­gres­sions.

But Pos­tel said, “It is vi­tal for this uni­ver­sity to strictly ad­here to the NCAA rules and of course fed­eral law. Fail­ure to do that would be a tacit en­dorse­ment of un­eth­i­cal and crim­i­nal be­hav­ior.”


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