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Pitino maintains innocence in interview with ESPN analyst Bilas, says board action was hasty

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today A defiant Rick Pitino spoke candidly with ESPN’s Jay Bilas in a taped interviewed aired late Wednesday night. It was the first public comment for the Hall of Fame coach since being fired Monday as the University of Louisville basketball coach after a 16-year tenure that included winning the 2013 national championship. Louisville has been named as part of the FBI’s...

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...

U of L, Adidas reach agreement on 10-year, $160 million deal to equip athletics programs

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Adidas and the University of Louisville will keep walking together for the next decade after brokering a $160 million deal. “When we began our relationship with adidas in 1998, we weren’t in the same shape that we are now,” said U of L VP and Athletics Director Tom Jurich. “Adidas has stood arm in arm with us through adversity and success. The...

KenPom's top 100 by apparel provider

After Auburn coach Tony Barbee was fired Wednesday night, Tigers outgoing senior Allen Payne tweeted that Auburn would struggle as long as Under Armour served as its official apparel provider. Auburn legend Charles Barkley said in an interview with Brandon Marcello of AL.com that Auburn should switch from Under Armour to Nike, that Under Armour is a microscopic player in the AAU circuit that is so...