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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...

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...

U of L Athletics Association votes unanimously to fire Pitino following closed-door meeting

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today The University of Louisville Athletics Association has voted unanimously to fire Hall of Fame basketball coach Rick Pitino just five days after he was officially notified that he was being put on unpaid administrative leave as a result of the FBI’s investigation into corruption in college basketball. The Association’s action came during a closed meeting Monday...

Sea of scandals finally engulfed Pitino, forced Louisville administration into action

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today The ground has been sinking from Rick Pitino’s feet for some time. We all knew it. We saw it. We didn’t want to believe it. But now we do. It all caved in on him Wednesday, buried in a scandal this time of which it appears there’s no escape. Interim President Gregory Postel put him on unpaid administrative leave and that’s just a precursor to the university ending...

Louisville’s ‘dark day’ may not be limited to just the departures of Pitino, Jurich

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today While the fate of Louisville Athletic Director Tom Jurich and basketball coach Rick Pitino is widely known following Wednesday’s suspension announcement, there could be more to come for other as of yet unnamed parties from Tuesday’s federal investigation. Jurich and Pitino were placed on administrative leave on a “dark day” for Louisville, interim president Gregory...

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...

U of L officials ‘top out’ new $80 million state-of-the-art academic classroom, services building

University of Louisville officials “topped out” a state-of-the-art, 150,000-square-foot academic building that will enhance learning and provide academic and career services to students. Expected to open for the fall 2018 semester, the four-story, $80 million academic building will primarily serve undergraduate students on the Belknap Campus. It will house more than two dozen classrooms, as well...

NCAA lowers the boom on UofL basketball program; vacating 2013 national championship a possibility

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — If University of Louisville fans want to get one last look at the Cardinals’ 2013 NCAA championship and the 2012 Final Four banners that are hanging in the KFC Yum! Center, maybe a tour of the facility this summer would be in order. Because the banners might not be there by the time the 2017-18 season gets underway. That is the worst-case...

Five University of Louisville students awarded Fulbright Scholarships to study abroad

The University of Louisville announced that five scholars have been awarded 2017-18 student Fulbright Awards. Destinations for the scholars are Malaysia, Germany, Switzerland and Colombia. “We are so proud of our prestigious scholarship winners,” said UofL Interim President Greg Postel. “Our top scholar program really sets us apart from other institutions. It’s not just that it is so successful—which...

Billy Reed: Papa John Schnatter’s comments about UofL, Jurich generate smoke, but lack facts

Something wild and crazy broke out at the University of Louisville Board of Trustees meeting Wednesday, and I’m hoping it wasn’t a case of the “fake news” phenomenon that has become a matter of raging debate in recent months. Board member John Schnatter, founder and CEO of the Papa John’s pizza chain, turned comments about expansion of the football stadium that bears his name into a diatribe...