U of L Has Officially Fired Rick Pitino

Louisville's interim head basketball coach David Padgett speaks to the media during a press conference Wednesday Oct. 4 2017 in Louisville Ky

Pitino was officially fired from his position earlier on Monday, and Johnson is still on administrative leave following his alleged involvement in an FBI investigation into a conspiracy to attempt to funnel $100,00 to Bowen's family for his commitment to play basketball at Louisville, then sign with specific agents and with Adidas after he declares to play in the NBA.

The next day, Pitino received a letter from Postel informing him that he violated his employment contract and that allegations in the federal government complaint "insinuate a scheme of fraud and malfeasance'" in recruiting, which gave the school a reason to put Pitino on unpaid leave. "I reject that assertion".

Adidas' decision comes after the university's athletics board fired Pitino on Monday following a unanimous vote, per Jeff Greer and Justin Sayers of the Courier-Journal.

Despite a case made by Pitino's legal counsel, Steve Pence, firing procedure continues.

Pitino, who has been identified as "Coach-2" in federal documents, was placed on administrative leave on September 27 following the discovery of his role in funneling money to the family of Louisville freshman and former five-star prospect Brian Bowen in return for his commitment to the school. Nonetheless, the ULAA board voted unanimously to terminate Pitino, who still had $44 million left in his contract. Pitino has denied any wrongdoing.

Of course, this is far from the end of Pitino's scrap with Louisville-as evidenced by both his newfound sense of ideal timing and his lawyer's packet of examples showing the former Cardinals coach to be a Good Man, Pitino does not want to go the Gary Andersen route; instead, he wants his money and his name to be cleared.

Pitino came to Louisville in 2001 after a stint with the NBAs Boston Celtics. He's the only men's NCAA Division One coach to lead two schools to national titles - United Kingdom in 1996 and Louisville in 2013. The ULAA even heard from Pitino's attorney.

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