Rick Pitino officially fired by Louisville amid federal corruption probe

Rick Pitino officially fired by Louisville amid federal corruption probe

The FBI announced on September 26 that 10 men - including four assistant coaches and a top Adidas executive - were charged with crimes relating to the investigation.

Pitino says the board's claims in its October 4 letter "impugn my integrity, honesty, and commitment to ethics in sports". Pitino is owed more than $40 million under a contract that was to run through 2026, he said.

U of L has argued that Pitino should have known about staff members' role in the alleged bribery and failed to notify university compliance officials that Christian Dawkins, Bowen's amateur team coach viewed as a quasi-agent in the investigation, was on campus last May.

In fact, Pitino - one of the highest-paid basketball coaches in the world with a $7.7 million annual salary - had already been suspended for the first five games of the season after it was revealed that strippers were provided to basketball recruits by basketball operations director Andre McGee.

Former Louisville Cardinals head basketball coach Rick Pitino no longer has a contract with Adidas.

The statements also included an affidavit from Pitino in which the coach said he "had no part - active, passive or through wilful ignorance in the conspiracy described in the complaint".

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"We just needed some to digest it, read through the materials and make sure we understood all that he (Pence) had presented", Postel said.

The board voted two weeks ago to begin the firing process for Pitino.

The NCAA placed Louisville on four years' probation and has ordered the vacation of up to 123 victories over that period, which includes the 2013 title.

Earlier in the closed session, the board heard from Rick Pitino's attorney Steve Pence, who made his case for why the Hall of Fame head coach should not be fired for cause following the federal fraud and bribery scandal involving Adidas and multiple college basketball programs, including UofL.

"Your involvement in these recent scandals can not be considered isolated events", Postel wrote. "Instead, they are illustrative of a pattern and practice of inappropriate behavior".

It all led to an unceremonious end to the Pitino era.

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