adidas predator astro turf in wake of corruption probe
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WKRN) University of Louisville men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino has been placed on administrative leave, along with Tom Jurich, the athletic director, amid a federal bribery probe.
Jurich is on paid leave,
while Pitino is on unpaid leave. The coach’s attorney, Steve Spence, told the Courier Journal Wednesday that Louisville has “effectively fired” Pitino.
Pitino’s exit comes after the school acknowledged on Tuesday 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.
Federal prosecutors said at least three top high school recruits were promised payments of as much as $150,000 using money supplied by Adidas to attend two universities sponsored by the athletic shoe company. Court papers didn’t name the schools but contained enough details to identify them as Louisville and Miami, according to the Associated Press
The University of Louisville’s interim president Gregory Postel released this statement on Facebook:
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