Pitino placed on leave following Adidas scandal
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Hall of Fame basketball coach Rick Pitino has been placed on unpaid administrative leave at the University of Louisville.
UofL interim president Dr. Greg Postel made the announcement about Pitino's leave Wednesday, one day after the FBI announced a bombshell investigation into fraud and corruption involving high-profile NCAA Division I basketball programs.
In addition to Pitino's leave, UofL athletic director Tom Jurich was placed on paid administrative leave and Postel said "one student athlete is being withheld from NCAA activities inclusive of practices and games indefinitely."
No charges have been filed against anyone at the University of Louisville.
"We'll be learning more in the days and weeks ahead and that will help inform future decision making," Postel said.
Postel said he was angry after he learned of the investigation, "We have been working day and night committed to make sure this place is a wonderful place for our students and our facility and staff and we're making a tremendous amount of progress and when something like this happens it makes me angry that we have more work to do to get where we're going to get."
As far as the investigation is concerned, Postel said, "We want to make sure that anything we do is not against the policies of the U.S. Attorney's Office and so we're seeking guidance about the appropriate way for us to look into the matter in parallel to their investigation."
The embattled coach has been under scrutiny for nearly two straight years, first after the 2015 release of a book that detailed a prostitution scandal involving UofL players and recruits. That case is still unresolved.
Pitino has led UofL to three Final Fours, including in 2013 when the Cards won the national championship. There is some speculation that that championship might be forfeited due to the still-unresolved Powell scandal.
Announcements about an interim head coach and athletic director are expected to be announced on or before Friday.
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