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After Luke Pinkelman won the men’s shot put last night, Victoria Zimmerman added another title for the Husker throwers with a win in the women’s weight throw. Zimmerman tossed a personal best of 61 7 last weekend at the adidas Classic and nearly matched the mark on Saturday with a throw of 61 2. Two other Huskers joined Zimmerman in the top five, as Jade Siegel finished fourth with a personal best of 57 5 and Samantha Musil was next in fifth with a personal best of 56 11 .

Natalie Willer matched her season best in the pole vault with a third place jump of 14 1 . Willer and Stanford’s Katherina Stefanidi both cleared the same height, but Stefanidi took second on less misses. The Husker senior previously hit the mark at the Holiday Inn Invitational, which automatically qualified her for the NCAA Indoor Championships.

Junior Chris Phipps showed no signs of rust in his first triple jump competition of the season, as he took sixth with a leap of 51 10, which was just shy of his PR of 51 11 . On Friday night, Phipps was one of three Husker long jumpers to record a season best with his fourth place leap of 25 3 .

In the middle distance races, Tommy Brinn and Ashley Miller each recorded personal best. Brinn cut nearly two seconds off his previous best of 1:52.06 in the 800 meters with a time of 1:50.34, while Miller cut over nine seconds of her mile best of 4:58.82 with a time of 4:49.68.

The men’s 4×400 meter relay concluded the meet with a season best time of 3:15.95. Miles Ukaoma, Brinn, Eric Lund and Blaise Rewaka combined to take sixth out of 13 teams.
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Unofficial high marks soon put the sales manager for an Exeter based crane firm in big demand and in April last year he qualified as a referee. In his first season Adam would have been content with one Somerset County and three Western District matches.

But since the start of the season Adam has also run the line on three Somerset Premier matches as well as being in charge of county cup matches and several under 18 floodlight county youth games.

Adam, whose partner Tracy has a relative in Premiership official Ron Ganfield, is the son of former Trowbridge League press and development officer and Chippenham Town commercial manager Tim and mum Jenny.

Tim said: “For three decades while covering Western League matches for the Wiltshire Times and Chippenham News, I was not exactly number one fan among referees. I will probably never live this down but seriously we are both proud of what Adam has achieved in such a short space of time.”

Mr Penwell added: “It was so encouraging when a club chairman, whose county league side had just been beaten 6 2, approached me with glowing comments. He could not believe it was Adam’s first season. That made my Christmas.”

Like all soccer mad schoolboys Adam always dreamt of playing for Manchester United. That dream may well have expired but instead he could be on his way to visiting Old Trafford after all as a top class official.
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The former Sunderland footballer Adam Johnson has been told he will received a ‘substantial prison sentence’ after he was found guilty of sexual activity with a besotted 15 year old fan.

His teenage victim said she felt ‘so broken’ after her idol was found guilty of one count of sexual activity with a child at Bradford Crown Court and cleared of another.

Johnson showed no obvious emotion as the jury returned its verdicts. He had already admitted a less serious charge of sexual activity with the teenager and also grooming her over social media.

All the charges relate to an incident in the former Sunderland winger’s Range Rover when he met up with the girl in County Durham on January 30 last year.

The jury in the trial of former Sunderland footballer, Adam Johnson, has been sent out to consider its verdict.

Johnson, 28, has already pleaded guilty to grooming a 15 year old girl and one charge of sexual activity with the teenager.

This morning, Judge Jonathan Rose continued to sum up the evidence in the case, before concluding just before midday.

He reminded the jury of eight women and four men about what the player said under cross examination in the witness box and, also, what his ex girlfriend Stacey Flounders told the court.

Judge Rose’s final comment to the jury was:

“When you retire, you must reach verdicts on which you are all agreed.

“I can only accept unanimous verdicts in this case. 12 0 is the only possible score.”The judge in the trial of England footballer Adam Johnson has begun summing up the case.

The former Sunderland winger is on trial at Bradford Crown Court accused of two counts of sexual activity with a 15 year old girl.

The 28 year old pleaded guilty to charges of grooming and sexual activity with a child, involving kissing,
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on the first day the case was listed for trial.

Judge Jonathan Rose told the jury of eight women and four men:

“In February last year, a 15 year old girl told police that she had met and had intimate relations with the defendant, a professional footballer with Sunderland Football Club.”

The two week trial has heard that the girl was a “massive, massive Sunderland fan” who was infatuated with Johnson.

The court’s heard that after meeting at the football club, the pair exchanged phone numbers and sent and received 834 WhatsApp messages in little more than a month.

Johnson met the girl in his black Range Rover on January 17th last year and signed two Sunderland shirts for her.

The footballer admits kissing her during a second meeting on January 30th but denies that any further sexual activity took place.

Judge Rose told the jury that the defence’s case is that the girl is a “proven liar who has made up the other allegations”.

He said:

“It is quite clear, say the defence, that (the girl) is lying.”

He said the defence claim Johnson is a “man to be believed”, who has suffered “irreparable damage” to his footballing career and his relationship with his girlfriend and mother of his child, Stacey Flounders, as a result of his admissions.

Judge Rose said the prosecution’s case is that Johnson, who has admitted being sexually attracted to the girl,
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Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino and athletics director Tom Jurich have been placed on administrative leave, interim president Gregory Postel announced Wednesday, a day after an FBI investigation revealed potential criminal activity involving recruiting at the school.

Pitino is on unpaid administrative leave and his future “employment will be reviewed at a later date,” Postel said. Pitino’s contract allowing him 10 days notice to contest any plans to terminate his employment.

Jurich is on paid administrative leave until the next board of trustees meeting on Oct. 18, Postel said. With basketball practice set to begin Friday, a interim head coach and athletics director will be named within the next 48 hours, Postel said.

“Doing nothing would be a tacit endorsement of unethical and criminal activity,” Postel said.

In addition, one unnamed basketball player will be withheld from practice and games indefinitely, Postel said. The recruit in question is believed to be five star freshman Brian Bowen, according to CBS Sports.

The Louisville Courier Journal quoted Steve Pence, Pitino’s personal attorney, as saying that although the coach was placed on administrative leave Wednesday but “effectively fired.” Pitino and Jurich met separately with Postel and the school’s board of trustees on Wednesday morning, with each meeting lasting fewer than 10 minutes.

Pitino, a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame and the highest paid coach in college basketball at more than $7.7 million per year, has been at Louisville since 2001. Jurich has been the school’s AD since 1997. According to the Louisville Courier Journal, both five star combo guard Anfernee Simons of Florida and four star guard Courtney Ramey of St. Louis have withdrawn their pledges to the Cardinals.

Wednesday’s move apparently brings to an end a sordid few years for the 65 year old Pitino, who was already facing a 5 game suspension for a separate NCAA violations case involving a former staff member providing prostitutes for recruits. He also admitted in 2009 to an extramarital affair that resulted in pregnancy.

The FBI probe announced by government officials Tuesday focused on college coaches being paid tens of thousands of dollars in exchange for directing future NBA prospects to agents, financial advisers and apparel companies. Four active assistant coaches were arrested and charged, including Auburn’s Chuck Person.

The indictment also names a coach at a “public research university located in Kentucky” of being involved with athletic apparel giant Adidas which provides shoes and other gear for Louisville basketball in a plot to provide $100,000 to a high school recruit. Postel confirmed on Tuesday that his school was under investigation by the FBI.

When Bowen signed with Louisville in June, Pitino told a radio host “we got lucky on this one” after a summer program director asked him if he wanted to recruit the McDonald’s All American forward.

“They had to come in unofficially, pay for their hotel, pay for their meals,” Pitino told WHAS AM radio. “We spent zero dollars recruiting a 5 star athlete who I loved when I saw him play. In my 40 years of coaching, this is the luckiest I’ve been.”

In a statement released through his attorney Tuesday, Pitino said he was unaware of the federal crimes (which are also NCAA violations) allegedly committed on his program’s behalf.

“These allegations come as a complete shock to me,” Pitino said. Attorney’s Office that these third party schemes, initiated by a few bad actors, operated to commit a fraud on the impacted universities and their basketball programs, including the University of Louisville. Our fans and supporters deserve better and I am committed to taking whatever steps are needed to ensure those responsible are held accountable.”

Pitino was suspended for five ACC games on June 15, and the school was placed on four years probation and forced to vacate several wins over a four year period. Former director of basketball operations Andre McGee was given a 10 year show cause order after the NCAA found he hired an escort service to have sex with potential recruits in university buildings.

Pitino coached Kentucky to a national championship and three Final Fours in nine seasons before leaving in 1997 for an ill fated four year stint with the NBA’s Boston Celtics. He returned to college basketball at Louisville in 2001, leading the Cardinals to 416 victories, three Final Fours and the 2013 NCAA tournament championship.

Pitino ranks No. 12 all time in Division I basketball coaching victories with 770. In addition to Kentucky and Louisville, he also coached Providence to the Final Four in 1987.

Jurich, 61, is among the more long tenured and successful athletic directors in the country. In addition to Pitino, he also twice hired football coach Bobby Petrino in 2003 and again in 2014 as well as baseball coach Dan McDonnell, who has led the Cardinals to three College World Series in the last five seasons.
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LOUISVILLE, KY Louisville head coach Rick Pitino and Athletic Director Tom Jurich are out of their jobs following an FBI investigation into the NCAA,according to a report by ESPN. ESPN reported earlier that Pitinotold staff members he expected to lose his job. This news comes one day after the FBI arrested 10 people on federal corruption charges following an investigation into the NCAA.

Four assistant coaches were arrested. They’ve been identified as Chuck Person of Auburn University, Emanuel Richardson of the University of Arizona, Tony Bland of USC and Lamont Evans of Oklahoma State.

Among the six others charged were managers,
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financial advisers and the director of global sports marketing at Adidas.

Tuesday night, Pitino released a statement through his lawyer saying the allegations as a complete shock.”

allegations come as a complete shock to me. Attorney Office that these third party schemes, initiated by a few bad actors, operated to commit a fraud on the impacted universities and their basketball programs, including the University of Louisville. Our fans and supporters deserve better and I am committed to taking whatever steps are needed to ensure those responsible are held accountable. is already under NCAA probation over a sex scandal after an investigation into a Cardinals staffer hiring escorts for sex parties and to strip for recruits and players. The NCAA said Louisville must vacate up to 123 victories earned with ineligible players and suspended Louisville coach Rick Pitino five games for failing to monitor staffer Andre McGee.

Pitino also had to testify in 2010 in a federal extortion trial for the wife of the school equipment manager,
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when he acknowledged under oath to having an extramarital affair with her in a Louisville restaurant.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville has placed coach Rick Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich on administrative leave amid a federal bribery investigation.

Interim university President Greg Postel said at a news conference Wednesday that Jurich is on paid leave, while Pitino is on unpaid leave. The coach’s attorney,
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Steve Spence, told the Courier Journal that Louisville has “effectively fired” Pitino.

“It is vital for this university to strictly adhere to the NCAA rules and of course federal law. Failure to do that would be a tacit endorsement of criminal behavior.”

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.

it is the latest black eye for the Cardinals program. Pitino and Louisville are in the middle of appealing NCAA sanctions handed out in June following an escort scandal that unfolded nearly two years ago, which could cost the school its 2013 national title.
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. >> Rick Pitino couldn survive another scandal, as an angry interim Louisville president Wednesday placed the head men college basketball coach and his boss on administrative leave amid a nationwide federal bribery investigation that has rocked the sport.

President Greg Postel decision comes after the school acknowledged on Tuesday that the men 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.

Postel didn stop with Pitino, he also sidelined athletic director Tom Jurich, putting him on paid administrative leave. And though Pitino isn officially out of a job he was placed on unpaid leave the coach attorney, Steve Pence, told the Courier Journal that Louisville has fired Pitino.

more angry than embarrassed, Postel said Wednesday at a news conference, adding that an interim coach would be announced within 48 hours. will be looking for someone with integrity. . There no reason this team can have a good season. But there have been continuing off the court issues.

Jurich, who has been at the school for nearly 20 years, has always supported Pitino through many embarrassing transgressions.

But Postel said, is vital for this university to strictly adhere to the NCAA rules and of course federal law. Failure to do that would be a tacit endorsement of criminal behavior. recent federal investigation is the latest black eye for the Cardinals program, which is already reeling from a sex scandal. It is unclear where the marquee program goes from here.

Pitino and Louisville are in the middle of appealing NCAA sanctions handed out in June following a sex scandal that unfolded nearly two years ago which could cost the school its 2013 national title.

In the latest investigation, federal prosecutors say 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 name the schools but contained enough details to identify one of them as Louisville, the other was Miami.

Postel also said Wednesday that one student athlete has been informed he will not practice or play for the university until the investigation is resolved. He did not name the athlete allegedly involved in the investigation, which federal documents list as a high school All American.

The player name also was not released by federal prosecutors, but details in the criminal complaint make it clear investigators were referring to 6 foot 7 Brian Bowen. The freshman has yet to play in a game with the Cardinals.

decision will protect the interests of both the student and the University of Louisville,
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Postel said.

Pitino future meanwhile will be evaluated at a later date, Postel said, while his assistants status will be examined by the interim AD. Jurich future will be determined by the school Board of Trustees.

Though Pitino is not named in the federal documents, the school acknowledged it is under investigation by the FBI.

Neither Pitino nor Jurich were at Wednesday news conference, though the coach said Tuesday the allegations came as a shock to him. In the statement released through Pence, Pitino added he was to taking whatever steps are needed to ensure those responsible are held accountable.

The assistant coaches charged include Chuck Person of Auburn, Emanuel Richardson of Arizona, Tony Bland of Southern California and Lamont Evans of Oklahoma State. Person and Evans have been suspended, and Bland was placed on administrative leave.

But Pitino is the first head coach to be disciplined, and his previous NCAA troubles apparently played a role in him being placed on leave.

As part of the fallout from the sex scandal, Pitino program had been ordered to vacate up to 123 victories in which ineligible players received improper benefits a period that includes the 2013 title, Louisville third national championship along with the 2012 Final Four appearance. The NCAA also placed the school on four years probation and ordered the return of money received through conference revenue sharing.

Pitino was ordered to miss five unspecified Atlantic Coast Conference games this season.

The NCAA noted that Cardinal players and recruits had received improper benefits and called the activities in the dorm in its decision.

Pitino is 770 271 over a 32 year coaching career with stops at Hawaii, Boston, Providence and Kentucky, where he won the 1996 NCAA title. He has also coached in the NBA with the Boston Celtics and New York Knicks.

But that success has been overshadowed by a recent series of embarrassing episodes that began nearly two years ago with escort Katina Powell book allegations that former Cardinals staffer Andre McGee hired her and other dancers for sex parties with players and recruits in the team dormitory.

Pitino denied knowledge of the activities described in Powell book and criticized McGee for his actions. The NCAA Committee on Infractions dismissed Pitino contention that he was unaware of McGee activities and imposed harsher penalties on the program and the coach.

Before the sex scandal case, Pitino had to testify in 2010 in a federal extortion trial for the wife of the school equipment manager, when he acknowledged under oath to having an extramarital affair with her in a Louisville restaurant.

But like he did in the sex scandal case, when the federal investigation was announced Tuesday, the coach insisted he was unaware of the activities described in the documents.

However, it was apparently one scandal too many for Postel,
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who held both the Hall of Fame coach and the school longtime athletic director accountable for the latest blow to Louisville reputation.

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LOUISVILLE, Kentucky Rick Pitino couldn survive another scandal, as an angry interim Louisville president Wednesday placed the head men college basketball coach and his boss on administrative leave amid a nationwide federal bribery investigation that has rocked the sport.

President Greg Postel decision comes after the school acknowledged on Tuesday that the men 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.

Postel didn stop with Pitino, he also sidelined athletic director Tom Jurich, putting him on paid administrative leave. And though Pitino isn officially out of a job he was placed on unpaid leave the coach attorney, Steve Pence, told the Courier Journal that Louisville has fired Pitino.

more angry than embarrassed, Postel said Wednesday at a news conference, adding that an interim coach would be announced within 48 hours. will be looking for someone with integrity. There no reason this team can have a good season. But there have been continuing off the court issues.

Jurich, who has been at the school for nearly 20 years, has always supported Pitino through many embarrassing transgressions.

But Postel said, is vital for this university to strictly adhere to the NCAA rules and of course federal law. Failure to do that would be a tacit endorsement of criminal behavior. It is unclear where the marquee program goes from here.

Pitino and Louisville are in the middle of appealing NCAA sanctions handed out in June following a sex scandal that unfolded nearly two years ago which could cost the school its 2013 national title.

In the latest investigation, federal prosecutors say 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 name the schools but contained enough details to identify one of them as Louisville, the other was Miami.

Postel also said Wednesday that one student athlete has been informed he will not practice or play for the university until the investigation is resolved. He did not name the athlete allegedly involved in the investigation, which federal documents list as a high school All American.

The player name also was not released by federal prosecutors, but details in the criminal complaint make it clear investigators were referring to 6 foot 7 Brian Bowen. The freshman has yet to play in a game with the Cardinals.

decision will protect the interests of both the student and the University of Louisville, Postel said.

Pitino future meanwhile will be evaluated at a later date,
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Postel said, while his assistants status will be examined by the interim AD. Jurich future will be determined by the school Board of Trustees.

Though Pitino is not named in the federal documents, the school acknowledged it is under investigation by the FBI.

Neither Pitino nor Jurich were at Wednesday news conference, though the coach said Tuesday the allegations came as a shock to him. In the statement released through Pence, Pitino added he was to taking whatever steps are needed to ensure those responsible are held accountable.

The assistant coaches charged include Chuck Person of Auburn, Emanuel Richardson of Arizona, Tony Bland of Southern California and Lamont Evans of Oklahoma State. Person and Evans have been suspended, and Bland was placed on administrative leave.

But Pitino is the first head coach to be disciplined, and his previous NCAA troubles apparently played a role in him being placed on leave.

As part of the fallout from the sex scandal, Pitino program had been ordered to vacate up to 123 victories in which ineligible players received improper benefits a period that includes the 2013 title, Louisville third national championship along with the 2012 Final Four appearance. The NCAA also placed the school on four years probation and ordered the return of money received through conference revenue sharing.

Pitino was ordered to miss five unspecified Atlantic Coast Conference games this season.

The NCAA noted that Cardinal players and recruits had received improper benefits and called the activities in the dorm in its decision.

Pitino is 770 271 over a 32 year coaching career with stops at Hawaii, Boston, Providence and Kentucky, where he won the 1996 NCAA title. He has also coached in the NBA with the Boston Celtics and New York Knicks.

But that success has been overshadowed by a recent series of embarrassing episodes that began nearly two years ago with escort Katina Powell book allegations that former Cardinals staffer Andre McGee hired her and other dancers for sex parties with players and recruits in the team dormitory.

Pitino denied knowledge of the activities described in Powell book and criticized McGee for his actions. The NCAA Committee on Infractions dismissed Pitino contention that he was unaware of McGee activities and imposed harsher penalties on the program and the coach.

Before the sex scandal case, Pitino had to testify in 2010 in a federal extortion trial for the wife of the school equipment manager, when he acknowledged under oath to having an extramarital affair with her in a Louisville restaurant.

But like he did in the sex scandal case, when the federal investigation was announced Tuesday, the coach insisted he was unaware of the activities described in the documents.

However, it was apparently one scandal too many for Postel, who held both the Hall of Fame coach and the school longtime athletic director accountable for the latest blow to Louisville reputation.
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. Louisville has placed coach Rick Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich on administrative leave amid a federal bribery investigation.

Interim university President Greg Postel said at a news conference Wednesday that Jurich is on paid leave, while Pitino is on unpaid leave. The coach’s attorney, Steve Spence, told the Courier Journal that Louisville has “effectively fired” Pitino.

“It is vital for this university to strictly adhere to the NCAA rules and of course federal law. Failure to do that would be a tacit endorsement of criminal behavior.”

Pitino’s exit comes after the school acknowledged 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.

it is the latest black eye for the Cardinals program. Pitino and Louisville are in the middle of appealing NCAA sanctions handed out in June after an escort scandal that unfolded nearly two years ago, which could cost the school its 2013 national title.

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

Pitino, 65, was 416 143 over 16 years at Louisville, including that 2013 NCAA championship.

In the latest investigation, federal prosecutors say 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 one of them as Louisville.

Postel also said Wednesday that one student athlete has been informed he will not practice or play for the university until investigation is resolved.

“This decision will protect the interests of both the student and the University of Louisville,” Postel said.

Pitino is not named in the federal documents, though the school acknowledged it is under investigation by the FBI.

“These allegations come as a complete shock to me,” the coach said in a statement Tuesday night. Attorney’s Office that these third party schemes, initiated by a few bad actors, operated to commit a fraud on the impacted universities and their basketball programs, including the University of Louisville. Our fans and supporters deserve better and I am committed to taking whatever steps are needed to ensure those responsible are held accountable.”

Louisville was already reeling from the sex scandal. The program has been ordered to vacate up to 123 victories in which ineligible players received improper benefits a period that includes the 2013 title, its third along with the 2012 Final Four appearance. The NCAA also placed the school on four years’ probation and ordered the return of money received through conference revenue sharing. McGee received a 10 year, show cause penalty.

Pitino was ordered to miss five unspecified Atlantic Coast Conference games this season.

The NCAA noted that Cardinal players and recruits had received improper benefits and called the activities in the dorm “repugnant” in its decision.

Pitino is 770 271 over a 32 year coaching career with stops at Hawaii, Boston, Providence and Kentucky, where he won the 1996 NCAA title. He has also coached in the NBA with the Boston Celtics and New York Knicks.

But that success has been overshadowed by a recent series of episodes that began nearly two years ago with escort Katina Powell’s book allegations that former Cardinals staffer Andre McGee hired her and other dancers for sex parties with players and recruits in the team’s dormitory.

Powell wrote in Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen that former Cardinals men’s basketball staffer Andre McGee hired her and other dancers to strip and have sex with players and recruits from 2010 14. Powell said McGee paid her $10,000 for 22 shows, with most occurring in the team’s Billy Minardi Hall dormitory named for Pitino’s brother in law, who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York.

Pitino denied knowledge of the activities described in Powell’s book and criticized McGee for his actions.

Before the sex scandal case, Pitino had to testify in 2010 in a federal extortion trial for the wife of the school’s equipment manager, when he acknowledged under oath to having an extramarital affair with her in a Louisville restaurant.

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Louisville head coach Rick Pitino walks off the court after a 73 69 loss to Michigan in a second round game in the men’s NCAA college basketball tournament Sunday, March 19, 2017, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville has placed coach Rick Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich on administrative leave amid a federal bribery investigation.

Interim university President Greg Postel said at a news conference Wednesday that Jurich is on paid leave, while Pitino is on unpaid leave. The coach’s attorney, Steve Spence, told the Courier Journal that Louisville has “effectively fired” Pitino.

Neither Pitino nor Jurich attended the news conference.

“I’m more angry than embarrassed,” Postel said. “We will be looking for someone with integrity. There’s no reason this team can’t have a good season.

“It is vital for this university to strictly adhere to the NCAA rules and of course federal law. Failure to do that would be a tacit endorsement of criminal behavior.”

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.

it is the latest black eye for the Cardinals program. Pitino and Louisville are in the middle of appealing NCAA sanctions handed out in June following an escort scandal that unfolded nearly two years ago, which could cost the school its 2013 national title.

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

Pitino, 65, was 416 143 over 16 years at Louisville, including that 2013 NCAA championship.

In the latest investigation, federal prosecutors say 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 one of them as Louisville.

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Postel also said Wednesday that one student athlete has been informed he will not practice or play for the university until the investigation is resolved.

“This decision will protect the interests of both the student and the University of Louisville,” Postel said.

Pitino is not named in the federal documents, though the school acknowledged it is under investigation by the FBI.

“These allegations come as a complete shock to me,” the coach said in a statement Tuesday night. Attorney’s Office that these third party schemes, initiated by a few bad actors, operated to commit a fraud on the impacted universities and their basketball programs, including the University of Louisville. Our fans and supporters deserve better and I am committed to taking whatever steps are needed to ensure those responsible are held accountable.”

Louisville was already reeling from the sex scandal. The program has been ordered to vacate up to 123 victories in which ineligible players received improper benefits a period that includes the 2013 title, its third along with the 2012 Final Four appearance. The NCAA also placed the school on four years’ probation and ordered the return of money received through conference revenue sharing. McGee received a 10 year, show cause penalty.

Pitino was ordered to miss five unspecified Atlantic Coast Conference games this season.

The NCAA noted that Cardinal players and recruits had received improper benefits and called the activities in the dorm “repugnant” in its decision.

Pitino is 770 271 over a 32 year coaching career with stops at Hawaii, Boston, Providence and Kentucky, where he won the 1996 NCAA title. He has also coached in the NBA with the Boston Celtics and New York Knicks.

But that success has been overshadowed by a recent series of embarrassing episodes that began nearly two years ago with escort Katina Powell’s book allegations that former Cardinals staffer Andre McGee hired her and other dancers for sex parties with players and recruits in the team’s dormitory.

Powell wrote in “Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen” that former Cardinals men’s basketball staffer Andre McGee hired her and other dancers to strip and have sex with players and recruits from 2010 14. Powell said McGee paid her $10,000 for 22 shows with most occurring in the team’s Billy Minardi Hall dormitory named for Pitino’s brother in law, who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York.

Pitino denied knowledge of the activities described in Powell’s book and criticized McGee for his actions.

Before the sex scandal case, Pitino had to testify in 2010 in a federal extortion trial for the wife of the school’s equipment manager, when he acknowledged under oath to having an extramarital affair with her in a Louisville restaurant.

Monday will mark two years since the escort scandal broke and sparked multiple investigations, including one by the school as well as the NCAA. Louisville’s own investigation determined that violations did occur and announced in February 2016 a self imposed postseason ban along with recruiting restrictions.

Those measures were implemented in hopes of mitigating further discipline by the NCAA, which accepted the self imposed ban. That didn’t happen. The NCAA’s Committee on Infractions dismissed Pitino’s contention that he was unaware of McGee’s activities and imposed harsher penalties on the program and the coach. Pitino called the penalties “unjust and over the top in its severity” when announced on June 15.

Tuesday’s indictment also occurs just over a month since Adidas and Louisville announced a 10 year, $160 million partnership extension through 2028. The sportswear maker has been partnered with the school since 1998.
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