The inevitable finally happened. The Louisville Cardinals have fired both head coach Rick Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich in the wake of the FBI arrests on Tuesday.
Coach Pitino leaving practice facility. Would not answer my or @mikelacett questions. @WDRBNews pic.twitter.com/Zm5RghAWn4
— Travis Ragsdale (@TravisRagsdale) September 27, 2017
Reportedly, Jurich was asked to fire Pitino, but refused. It is, at least in part, why the AD was shown the door.
Rick Pitino's lawyer says he was put on administrative leave but was "effectively fired." https://t.co/zWV54zILuF
— Jeff Greer (@jeffgreer) September 27, 2017
As for Rick Pitino, he has been mired in scandal for years at this point. Apparently the FBI arrests, bringing more baggage to Louisville’s doorstep, was the last drip in an overflowing bucket of controversy. As you might recall, UL is still reeling from the stripper incident from a few years back.
Louisville has officially fired Rick Pitino as its basketball coach, per release.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) September 27, 2017
Pitino released a statement last night pretending not to know what was happening:
“These allegations come as a complete shock to me,” the statement said. “If true, I agree with the U.S. 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.”
A news conference is scheduled for 1:00 Eastern. The university well tell the public what it now already knows. Rick Pitino and Tom Jurich are no longer employed by the school.
The university has sent out a release already to announce the moves. The fallout from here is what the NCAA does with the program, as well as who the university targets as its next coach.