A source told ESPN’s Michael Eaves that University of Louisville men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino was fired Wednesday morning amid allegations the program is involved in a federal investigation involving college basketball recruiting.
Rick Pitino is out as Louisville’s men’s basketball coach, a source tells ESPN’s @michaeleaves pic.twitter.com/UMJdHwbkft
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 27, 2017
A source told Eaves that Pitino -- a Hall of Fame coach -- told members of his coaching staff he expected to lose his job after a Wednesday morning staff meeting in Louisville.
Louisville head basketball coach Rick Pitino has told members of his coaching staff that he expects to lose his... https://t.co/b6tIVNXofU
— Michael Eaves (@michaeleaves) September 27, 2017
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Athletic Director Tom Jurich is also fired, ESPN reported. Rick Pitino's attorney Steve Pence told the Courier-Journal that the coach has been placed on administrative leave but has been "effectively fired."
The United States Attorney's Office in New York filed three complaints that allege fraud and corruption in the "dark underbelly of college basketball," acting US Attorney Joon H. Kim said Tuesday at a news briefing.
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