The University of Louisville has officially fired Rick Pitino for his role in a pay-for-play scandal involving Adidas.
The school had admitted to wrongdoing, and Pitino was let go along with AD Tom Jurich after an FBI investigation.
BREAKING: Louisville officially fires Rick Pitino weeks after acknowledging basketball program investigated amid federal scandal.— The Associated Press (@AP) October 16, 2017
The school board voted to terminate his contract with "just cause" despite an argument from Pitino's lawyers before Louisville's athletic board on Monday.
According to Jeff Borzello of ESPN, Pitino stated in an affidavit presented to the University of Louisville Athletic Association that he "had no part -- active, passive or though willful ignorance" in the activities alleged in an FBI investigation.
Pitino also stated that he does not dispute the board's decision to terminate his employment but he continues to stand up for himself saying "I have given no 'cause' for termination of my contract."
Now, before you cast the first stone, it should be known that
FACT/Rick Pitino passed a lie detector test issued by ex @FBI agent who specializes in the tests. I ask again y did UL rush to judgement ?— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) October 16, 2017
Pitino acknowledges the University's decision to fire him, as this all happened under his watch, whether he was a major player or not. But the 'just cause' is crucial, as it means the University wouldn't have to pay off the rest of Pitino's contract. That's $44 million.
Louisville votes to terminate Rick Pitino’s contract for cause, which would mean they owe nothing. Pitino’s lawyers say they owe $44M.— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) October 16, 2017