ESPN Louisville men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino is out a source tells ESPN’s Michael Eaves. Athletic director Tom Jurich is also out at Louisville, a source tells ESPN’s Jeff Goodman after the program was linked to a federal investigation into fraud and corruption in recruiting. Jurich and Pitino met Wednesday morning with Louisville interim president Greg Postel. After the meetings, Postel informed reporters that the school would hold a news conference at 1 p.m. and noted Pitino and Jurich would not attend.
The first casualties of the college basketball probe which uncovered major corruption in recruiting were at the University of Louisville today, where legendary head coach Rick Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich were both fired, after Jurich was ordered to fire his friend Pitino but refused. The probe uncovered that college coaches were paying recruits through Adidas, using head of marketing James Gatto to funnel money to companies created by the families of players, so that player would in turn attend a certain university. Louisville was one of the biggest offenders discovered in the probe, and as Pitino has been involved in multiple recruiting scandals before including providing hookers to recruits, he had to be fired. More heads are going to roll across the county, this probe reaches deep and the results were damning to many major entities across the landscape of college basketball, stay tuned.