Louisville Board OKs Firing of Pitino in Hoops Scandal
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville's athletic board has authorized interim President Greg Postel to proceed with firing men's basketball coach Rick Pitino in the wake of a federal bribery investigation involving the program.
The school's Athletics Association, a separate body of officials that oversees Louisville's sports program, unanimously approved a resolution to fire Pitino after meeting for more than two hours on Monday.
Pitino was placed on unpaid administrative leave last week after law enforcement officials announced the probe and the school acknowledged its inclusion in the investigation. Though Pitino is not named in court complaints, Postel says the allegations violated his contract and provided just cause to be placed on unpaid leave.
Athletic director Tom Jurich was placed on administrative leave and Postel says he plans to announce an interim replacement Tuesday.