Louisville fires coach Rick Pitino amid federal investigation

Multiple sources are reporting that the University of Louisville has fired head basketball coach Rick Pitino and Athletic Director Tom Jurich after the program was linked to a federal investigation into fraud and corruption in recruiting.

ESPN and The Washington Post are reporting Pitino is out. CBS college basketball analysts Jon Rothstein confirmed the news, as well.

The university is expected to release additional information in a press conference at 1 p.m.

Pitino, regard as one of the best coaches in the country, led Louisville to the 2013 national championship.

An FBI probe into fraud and bribery exposed a number of programs and assistant coaches working illegally to obtain the services of high school prospects in a conspiracy effort to steer those players to Adidas, plus certain financial advisers and entrepreneurs. Ten people were charged on Tuesday, including four assistant coaches around the country.

Louisville, which is under FBI investigation, is among the schools caught in the case that has quaked college basketball. No one connected to Louisville has been publicly named or charge in the case, but this latest twist in the winter of Pitino’s career has proved to be the one complication he could not wiggle out of.

Pitino and Jurich each met with interim university President Dr. Gregory Postel for less than 10 minutes Wednesday morning. Pitino had nothing to say as he walked in or out of the building. WLKY’s Mark Vanderhoff said Pitino appeared to be fighting tears as he left Grawemeyer Hall.

As Jurich was walking into Grawemeyer Hall, reporters asked Jurich several questions about his future with the university. Asked whether he’s concerned about his job, he replied, “I have no idea.”

After the brief meeting, reporters caught up with Jurich as he returned to his car.

Vanderhoff asked Jurich if he still had his job, to which Jurich replied, “They’ll be talking later.”

The futures of Jurich and Pitino at the university became uncertain after Tuesday’s announcement that University of Louisville has received notice that it was included in the federal investigation involving criminal activity relating to men’s basketball recruiting.

“While we are just learning about this information, this is a serious concern that goes to the heart of our athletic department and the university. UofL is committed to ethical behavior and adherence to NCAA rules; any violations will not be tolerated,” Postel said Tuesday. “We will…

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