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Louisville Basketball Coach Rick Pitino Fired

The school's basketball program is part of a federal corruption investigation

(Newser) - Louisville's Athletic Association has officially fired coach Rick Pitino nearly three weeks after the school acknowledged that its men's basketball program is being investigated as part of a federal corruption probe, AP reports. The association, which oversees Louisville's sports programs and is composed of trustees, faculty, students,... More »

Hall of Fame Coach 'Effectively Fired' From Louisville

Looks like Rick Pitino is out after recruiting scandal

(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... More »

Ky. Coach: I Knew Nada of Sex Parties for Recruits

Pitino pleads ignorance on ex-escort's claims of staffer-paid stripper, sex parties

(Newser) - Five former players and recruits for the University of Louisville's men's basketball team say they went to campus dorm parties that included strippers and sex and were paid for by the Cardinals' ex-player and staffer Andre McGee, ESPN reports. Their admissions lend credibility to ex-escort Katina Powell, who... More »

New NCAA Champs: Louisville

Cardinals take down Michigan

(Newser) - It's Louisville. The No. 1 seed beat Michigan 82-76 tonight to win the NCAA championship. Louisville trailed by as many as 12 points in the first half but pulled within one at the break and then gradually took control as the second half wore on. One huge factor: Luke... More »

Kansas, Kentucky Will Play for Title

Jayhawks, Wildcats advance to Monday night's game

(Newser) - The Final Four are down to the final two, with Kentucky and Kansas advancing to Monday night's championship game.
  • Kansas 64, Ohio State 62: The Jayhawks won a thriller after trailing by 9 points at the half. They took the lead with under 3 minutes remaining, then came out
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After Sordid Trial, Louisville Coach's Blackmailer Guilty

Karen Sypher demanded millions from coach Rick Pitino, accused him of rape

(Newser) - A woman who tried to blackmail Louisville coach Rick Pitino after a brief sexual encounter was found guilty on all counts yesterday. Prosecutors during the sordid and sensational 8-day trial said former model Karen Sypher demanded millions of dollars from the married coach, falsely accused Pitino of rape after he... More »

Louisville Coach Admits Sex With Accused Blackmailer

Woman charged with $10M extortion attempt

(Newser) - University of Louisville men's basketball coach Rick Pitino told police that he had consensual sex with a woman who later accused him of rape and tried to blackmail him for $10 million, according to records obtained by the Courier-Journal. Karen Sypher, the estranged wife of the team's equipment manager, has... More »

UNC Punches San Antonio Ticket

Hansbrough's 28 point helps Tar Heels into Final Four

(Newser) - North Carolina reached its second Final Four in four years with an 83-73 win over Louisville last night, reports the Raleigh News & Observer. The Tar Heels, who blew an 11-point lead to lose to Georgetown in last season's Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, had flashbacks in the second... More »

Louisville Derails Tennessee Train

Cardinals on brink of sending Pitino to a sixth Final Four

(Newser) - Rick Pitino improved to 8-0 in regional semifinals and has Louisville one win away from the Final Four after a 79-60 win over Tennessee last night, reports the Associated Press. Pitino mixed up his defenses throughout the game to shut down the high-powered offense of the No. 2-seeded Volunteers. The... More »

'Cuse Can't Upset No. 18 Cards

Orange fall short, 61-50, after toppling Hoyas on Saturday

(Newser) - Gunning for their second Big East upset in three days, Syracuse came up short against No. 18 Louisville, 61-50. The Orange had pared a 10-point deficit to two with 2:20 left, but the Cardinals closed the game on a 9-0 run to keep pace atop the Big East with... More »

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