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Mar 19, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Louisville Cardinals head coach Rick Pitino reacts against the Michigan Wolverines during the second half in the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Joseph-USA TODAY Sports

Louisville Responds to Charges of Fraud and Corruption

Federal prosecutors in New York announced charges of fraud and corruption against coaches from seven NCAA basketball programs on Tuesday, including Louisville.

It seems to be the final strike for Rick Pitino. Pitino has been head coach of the program throughout a slew of scandals, NCAA probations and suspensions during his tenure.

University interim president Dr. Greg Postel placed Pitino on indefinite unpaid administrative leave, but the coach’s attorney, Steve Pence, told the Courier-Journal Wednesday afternoon that he has been “effectively fired.”

The investigation found that assistant coaches and staff members were bribed to influence players’ decisions to sign with certain shoe and apparel companies such as Adidas. It also revealed certain recruits were paid as much as $150,000 to influence what school they chose to go to.

You can read a full overview of the charges as well as all schools involved here. 

Sep 27, 2017; Louisville, KY; University of Louisville Interim President Dr. Greg Postel holds a news conference at Bigelow Hall in the Miller Information Technology Center on campus. Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports 


Highlights from University President

Dr. Postel held on news conference on Wednesday announcing the decision to place Pitino on leave. He also announced that athletic director Tom Jurich is on paid administrative leave. Postel said this is a typical response to allegations of this severity.

The Sports World Response

Once the news of the investigation and its findings broke, the sports world swarmed with how to digest the situation.

Fox Sports’ College Football & NFL Draft Analyst Joel Klatt took to multiple shows to address how amateurism and the system in place for how college athletes are “rewarded” creates situations like this.

ESPN college basketball analyst Seth Greenberg took his issue up with the coaches involved in the scandal, explaining that they didn’t fulfill their true role to their players.

Former collegiate coach and basketball broadcaster Dick Vitale gave an emotional response to the scandal on Sports Center.

The FBI said the investigation is still ongoing and it is already having effects on the basketball recruiting process.

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