KyCIR: U of L may sue its own foundation if unable to reach agreement over misspent funds

By Kate Howard Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting The University of Louisville is considering suing its own foundation in the wake of a damaging audit and months of talk about recouping misspent money, according to leaders at the U of L Foundation. Earl Reed III, chairman of a U of L Foundation subcommittee, said in an affidavit provided to the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting that...

UofL President Postel scorches Jurich in dismissal letter; AD’s lawyer responds, threatens lawsuit

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today Turns out that Rick Pitino got off easy.   Although Pitino’s “firing” letter from University of Louisville interim president listed the reasons for his dismissal and the former men’s basketball coach charged that it impugned his integrity and damaged his reputation, the letter seems mild now that the charges leveled against former athletics director...

Social justice historian Williams to discuss ‘lessons of struggle’ at University of Louisville Braden Lecture

Vanderbilt University historian and activist Rhonda Williams, who chronicles black power politics and urban inequality, will discuss modern lessons from social justice efforts during the University of Louisville’s Anne Braden Memorial Lecture. Her free, public talk — “The Evidence of Things Done: Learning Lessons of Struggle in the 21st Century” — will begin at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 8 in...

Federal Reserve VP Jackson will be keynote speaker for U of L Women’s Empowerment luncheon Nov. 9

Nikki R. Jackson, senior vice president and regional executive at the Louisville Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, will be the keynote speaker Nov. 9 at the annual Women’s Empowerment Luncheon for the University of Louisville Women’s Center. The event takes place at 11:30 a.m. at the University Club, 200 E. Brandeis Ave. Jackson will discuss “Women and Work: What are We Doing to...

University of Louisville cuts ties with Jurich; Pitino subpoenaed by grand jury

By Russ Brown Kentucky today Concluding a historic and monumental three days for the University of Louisville, the school’s board of trustees fired long-time and highly-successful athletics director Tom Jurich Wednesday afternoon. On Monday, the University of Louisville Athletic Association (ULAA) fired men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino in the face of an FBI investigation into corruption...

Sustainability Week: U of L puts focus on responsible environmental, social and economic stewardship

2016 UofL Sustainability Fair (UofL Photo) Sustainability Week at the University of Louisville is Oct. 23-29 to raise awareness for responsible environmental, social and economic stewardship. The week begins Oct. 23 with “Mindful, Meatless Monday,” an event showing the links between sustainability and mindfulness practices that includes a workshop on vegetarian cooking and mindful eating. The...

Pitino fired following unanimous vote by University of Louisville’s Athletic Association board

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today It’s now official. Hall of Fame member Rick Pitino is no longer the coach of the University of Louisville men’s basketball team. In a move that has been expected since UofL put Pitino on unpaid administrative leave almost three weeks ago, the University of Louisville Athletic Association (ULAA) board of directors fired Pitino Monday afternoon following a 4 hour,...

DNA testing for dogs? Scientist will discuss advances in canine genetics at U of L forum

People aren’t only interested in testing for their own ancestry these days; they are curious about their pets’ origins as well. Cornell University biomedical scientist Adam Boyko, who co-founded a dog DNA testing company, will talk Oct. 20 about “Canine Genomics: Deciphering the Past, Present and Future of Dogs” at the University of Louisville. Adam Boyko The free, public talk at noon in Room...

Planetary scientist Hansen to discuss JunoCam observations of Jupiter in free event at UofL

The NASA space probe Juno contains many scientific instruments but there’s one camera-telescope that’s on board, primarily for public science and outreach. Planetary scientist Candice Hansen will speak Oct. 26 at the University of Louisville about the clouds, storms and other results that JunoCam has revealed since arriving at Jupiter’s orbit last year. Candice Hansen Hansen will discuss “JunoCam:...

UofL College of Arts and Science forum will focus on economic development in west Louisville

A Nov. 2 economic development forum focused on west Louisville will examine strategies and available resources to help rebuild and sustain communities. The University of Louisville’s College of Arts and Sciences is offering the public event, “The Future of Our Community: West Louisville Economic and Community Development Forum,” at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, 1701 W. Muhammad...

Best-selling author, journalist Suki Kim discusses going undercover in North Korea at U of L lecture

Best-selling author and investigative journalist Suki Kim will discuss her rare experience “Undercover in North Korea” during the Oct. 18 annual University of Louisville lecture in Asian democracy at the Louisville Free Public Library. Kim’s public talk will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the main library, 301 York St. UofL’s Center for Asian Democracy is presenting the lecture with the World Affairs...

UofL president Postel charges Pitino with pattern of bad behavior in letter outlining ouster

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today The University of Louisville took another step toward firing head basketball coach Rick Pitino this week with a letter from interim president Greg Postel informing the coach that two recent scandals show a pattern of “inappropriate behavior” and violations of his employment contact that would justify his dismissal for cause. Postel’s registered letter...

KyCIR: A deeper look at University of Louisville’s contract with Adidas, as basketball scandal unfolds

By Kate Howard Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting The $160 million sponsorship deal between the University of Louisville and Adidas could be in jeopardy if the NCAA basketball scandal forces big losses on the court. The 10-year sponsorship agreement isn’t set to start until next summer. But a pending FBI investigation, dwindling basketball recruit classes and possible NCAA sanctions could...

Pair of advisers to television series ‘Transparent’ set for speaking events at University of Louisville

Two advisers to the critically acclaimed television series “Transparent” will come to the University of Louisville for events in October and November. Zachary Drucker (Photo by Jaesung Lee) Zackary Drucker, a producer of the program, will speak Oct. 17 at 6 p.m. at the Speed Cinema, Speed Art Museum, 2035 S. Third St. Her talk, “’Transparent’: Trans Visibility,” will address the challenges...

Kentucky Supreme Court dismisses Beshear’s lawsuit challenging Bevin’s action on U of L board

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky Supreme Court has dismissed a lawsuit claiming Republican Gov. Matt Bevin acted inappropriately by abolishing and replacing the University of Louisville Board of Trustees. Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear had filed suit against Bevin, claiming the governor had acted illegally in revamping the board. Gov. Matt Bevin Justices dismissed the case on Thursday...

Following ‘dark week,’ new Louisville coach Padgett vows to move forward, get team back to work

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today University of Louisville assistant coach David Padgett was named the Cardinals’ acting head coach for the 2017-18 season, as reported earlier by Kentucky Today, to replace Rick Pitino, who has essentially been fired. The announcement was made by UofL interim president Greg Postel at a press conference late Friday afternoon. At 32, Padgett becomes one of the youngest...

Louisville places Pitino, Jurich on administrative leave in wake of federal bribery allegations

University of Louisville head men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino and long-time athletics director Tom Jurich have been placed on administrative leave following allegations of bribery resulting from an investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Southern District office in New York and the FBI. The announcement was made Wednesday afternoon during a news conference conducted by Louisville interim...

Still reeling from sex scandal and NCAA probation, things get worse for Louisville basketball

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse for the beleaguered University of Louisville basketball program. . . U of L, still reeling from NCAA penalties because of sex parties and facing the prospect of having to vacate its 2013 national championship and 2012 Final Four, could now be dealing with a much more serious issue. Coaches for a school that appears to...

Louisville among college basketball programs accused of bribery in wake of FBI investigation

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today NEW YORK – The University of Louisville basketball program is apparently named in a federal criminal complaint, alleging a bribery scheme involving coaches, advisors and agents, along with a major sports apparel company. Four assistant college coaches are among 10 charged in the complaint, which was unveiled on Tuesday by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern...

Public forum sponsored by University of Louisville explores benefits, costs of athletic achievement

Sports fans and others can join in a discussion of athletic achievement and its benefits and costs during an Oct. 12 University of Louisville event, “Sports, Risk and the Human Ideal: A Public Forum.” The free, public event will begin at 6 p.m. downtown at the Muhammad Ali Center, 144 N. Sixth St. Although there is no cost, registration is requested. The speakers will look at the place of sports...