Pitino Fired by UofL Athletic Association Board

Pitino Fired by UofL Athletic Association Board

Rick Pitino's Louisville Contract Officially Terminated with 'Just Cause'

Despite Rick Pitino asserting he had no part in the activities alleged in an FBI corruption investigation, Louisville's athletic board voted Monday to terminate his contract "with just cause", according to The Associated Press. His attorney, Steve Pence, says it will be a "bare-knuckle fight" over Pitino's contract and pay out if he's fired. The association board is still meeting and has not announced its decision. The board voted two weeks ago to give UofL interim president Greg Postel the go-ahead to start the firing process.

The former Knicks coach was placed on unpaid administrative leave, and Jurich on paid leave.

Pence has contended that Louisville rushed to judgment and made his case before the board for 45 minutes on Monday that Pitino should be retained.

Pitino has been on administrative leave since September 27 after the university acknowledged its involvement in a wide-ranging FBI and Department of Justice investigation into, among other things, alleged bribery of recruits and related fraud.

Pitino's lawyers appeared in front of the University of Louisville Athletic Association to state their case against termination.

The two-time NCAA-winning coach was hired by the school in 2001, but the program has been rocked by scandal.

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