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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...

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...

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...

UofL names Vince Tyra, former UK baseball player, as interim athletics director, awaiting Jurich’s fate

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today The University of Louisville has chosen a successful businessman with strong ties to both UofL and the University of Kentucky as its interim replacement for suspended athletics director Tom Jurich.   He is Vince Tyra, 51, a former UK baseball player, the son of Cardinals basketball legend Charlie Tyra and part-owner of the local professional soccer team.   The action...

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 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...

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, 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...

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...

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...

NCAA charges UofL, Pitino with 4 major violations, but major mystery remains in basketball sex scandal

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — The NCAA’s notice of allegations announced on Thursday regarding its year-long investigation into the University of Louisville basketball program is as notable for what it DIDN’T say as for what it did say. And, thanks primarily to the silence of the leading character in the sordid affair, the investigation failed to answer the biggest...

Muhammad Ali tributes scheduled during Louisville-Florida State game, including helmet decals, videos

With the spotlight of a national audience focused on a showdown between two top-ranked teams, the University of Louisville will honor the legacy of boxing legend Muhammad Ali during Saturday’s noon kickoff at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. During the course of Saturday’s nationally televised match-up (Noon, ABC TV) between No. 2 Florida State and No. 10 Louisville, the Cardinals will conduct a...

McDonnell, Cards hope to follow new contract extension with another NCAA regional title

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — Dan McDonnell has a new contract extension in hand that keeps him heading up the University of Louisville baseball program for the next 10 years, but the 45-year-old coach needs one more thing to make it a perfect week: A sixth NCAA regional championship. UofL (47-12), the overall No. 2 seed in the regional, will get its bid to advance to a super...

With future ‘bright,’ Cardinals’ Petrino receives seven-year contract extension worth over $30 million

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — Under terms of a lucrative contract extension announced Thursday by the University of Louisville, football coach Bobby Petrino will be 62 years old when the new agreement expires. What will he do then? Not retire from the sidelines, apparently. “I hope I get another one,” said the 55-year-old Petrino, who was 41 when he started his...

U of L levies additional penalties on men’s baskeball program, including loss of two scholarships

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — Continuing to try and stay ahead of the current NCAA investigation into a sex scandal and any possible sanctions from that organization, the University of Louisville administration has imposed additional penalties on its men’s basketball program. The school had already issued a self-imposed ban on this year’s NCAA Tournament and president...

Latest U of L statement emphasizes postseason play ban decision was made by Ramsey, not Jurich

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — University of Louisville officials are trying to clear up confusion about the role of its president and a committee in self-imposing a controversial ban on postseason play for its men’s basketball team. After a member of UofL’s investigative committee told the Louisville Courier-Journal that he disagreed with the ban, UofL issued...

Billy Reed: Pitino’s denial believable, but questions remain about who paid for the U of L dorm parties

By now surely everyone knows about the lurid sex scandal involving the University of Louisville basketball team. The gist of the story is that basketball aide Andre McGee, a former player, brought prostitute Katina Powell and some of her employees, including her two daughters, into Billy Minardi Hall, the on-campus dorm where players live, so they could dance and strip, which led to, well, what you...