Hall of Fame Coach 'Effectively Fired' From Louisville
Looks like Rick Pitino is out after recruiting scandal
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 27, 2017 12:35 PM CDT
In this Jan. 10, 2015, file photo, Louisville coach Rick Pitino pauses during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against North Carolina in Chapel Hill, NC.   (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

(Newser) – After 28 NCAA tournament wins and three trips to the Final Four, Rick Pitino has been "effectively fired" as the coach of the Louisville men's basketball team, his lawyer tells the AP. Pitino, a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, was technically put on administrative leave after Louisville was tied to a federal investigation that came to light Tuesday in which athletes received hundreds of thousands of dollars to choose specific schools, shoe sponsors, and more. Specifically, Adidas was accused of giving $100,000 to an unnamed high-school player's family in return for the player committing to Louisville, according to ESPN. The 65-year-old Pitino had publicly decried the influence of shoe companies in recruiting as recently as 2014. In addition to Pitino, Louisville also put athletic director Tom Jurich on administrative leave.

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