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Season over early but Calipari to keep in touch with teams via calls, text; Pitino hired at Iona in New York

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Reality is beginning to sink in for Kentucky coach John Calipari. After both the Southeastern Conference and the NCAA Tournaments were canceled last week, because of coronavirus concerns, Calipari came to the realization Saturday the team’s season ended following last week’s 71-70 win over Florida in Gainesville.   “It kind of hit me this morning that my time to...

Rick Pitino’s attorney wants more information; UofL board of trustees were asked about payments

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today The fallout continued Wednesday from the bombshell revelation that a University of Louisville board of trustees member may have been a key figure in the sex parties. And it isn’t likely to die down anytime soon. For starters, Rick Pitino’s attorney in his suit against U of L, filed a motion to “explore David Grissom’s claim” that a trustee...

Jamie Vaught: Cal’s gesture an honorable one, Pitino should be recognized for accomplishments at UK

Rick Pitino was nowhere to be seen in the Big Blue Nation last month when UK basketball coach John Calipari reached out to the former Wildcats boss for the celebration of UK’s 1993 Final Four team’s 25th-year anniversary held in Lexington. It was Pitino who took that team to the school’s first Final Four trip in nearly 10 years. But Pitino — who in 1989 took over the Kentucky program in...

Jamie Vaught: Several preseason college basketball yearbooks picking UK as nation’s No. 1 team

If you’re like me as a college hoops fan, you certainly would look forward every fall when the popular college basketball yearbooks hit the newsstands or become available online. My love for preseason yearbooks began when I was a kid. I had to ask my mom or dad to buy a copy and they obliged. My first yearbook, I believe, was the one about major league baseball by Street & Smith’s,...

Rick Pitino returns for visit to Louisville, and book signing, with more of the same as he seeks closure

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today Anyone who tuned in either in person or on a streaming version to hear Rick Pitino’s return to Louisville Friday night expecting anything different than what the former Louisville basketball coach had repeatedly said previously was disappointed. Pitino’s book signing and interview sponsored by the Courier-Journal at the downtown Omni Hotel was basically more...

Rick Pitino’s new book: Defending himself (again) against the scandals at UofL, telling ‘his story’

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today Rick Pitino’s new memoir, Pitino: My Story, hit the bookshelves and internet booksellers’ websites this week, and it’s sure to receive a lot of interest and conversation from college basketball fans and the media.   In many ways, the overriding thread of the book isn’t surprising. The former Louisville coach continues to play the role of victim,...

Top sports stories of 2017: #1 is University of Louisville firing of Rick Pitino and Tom Jurich

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Rick Pitino is the only coach in history to lead rival schools Kentucky and Louisville to a national championship and he is no longer coaching basketball in the state after a pay-for-play scheme led to his dismissal before fall workouts were set to begin in October.   The former Kentucky coach was fired by the Louisville following a string of incidents during the past...

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...

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...

Keith Taylor: Pitino’s stunning fall from grace at Louisville no cause for celebration

I feel for Rick Pitino. I really do. Never mind he’s now the former coach at Louisville, Kentucky’s main rival in the Bluegrass. Never mind the fact that he led the University of Kentucky from probation to jubilation. Never mind that he’s a Hall of Fame coach who won’t be able to leave his profession with dignity, because of a recent recruiting scandal that ultimately cost him his job. Pitino’s...

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,...

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...

Padgett settling into interim coaching role at Louisville, may get assistance from Crum

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today David Padgett walked into the media room at the Yum! Center and settled his 6-foot-11 frame into a chair for his first press conference after four practice sessions as interim head coach. Then, trying to speak, the Cardinals’ interim head basketball coach coughed and cleared his throat. “Now I know why coach Pitino wore a microphone at practice,” he said. If...

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...

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...

Cardinals’ assistant Padgett gets six-month contract to serve as acting head men’s basketball coach

David Padgett, a member of the University of Louisville basketball staff for the last three years and a former three-year starter at center for the Cardinals, has been named as acting head men’s basketball coach at UofL. Padgett was UofL’s director of basketball operations for two seasons (2014-16) before his move to an assistant coaching position in 2016. He becomes just the third head coach for...

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 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...