U of L Puts Pitino and Jurich on Administrative Leave

Sep 27, 2017

left to right-U of L Basketball Coach Rick Pitino and Athletics Director Tom Jurich-file photo
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Louisville has placed coach Rick Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich on administrative leave amid a federal bribery investigation.

Jurich is on paid leave, while Pitino is on unpaid leave. The coach's attorney, Steve Spence, told the Courier-Journal today that Louisville has "effectively fired" Pitino.

Pitino's exit comes after the school acknowledged on yesterday that the men's program is part of a federal investigation into alleged bribery of recruits. The 65-year-old coach was not named in the indictment that resulted in the arrest of 10 people including four assistant coaches at other schools and an Adidas executive.

It is the latest black eye for the Cardinals program. Pitino and Louisville are in the middle of appealing NCAA sanctions following an embarrassing sex scandal.

Jurich has supported Pitino through his transgressions during the athletic director's nearly 20-year tenure at the university.