Rick Pitino out as Louisville head coach: Report
U.S. Senate candidate Danny Tarkanian (R-NV) weighs in on reports that Louisville head coach Rick Pitino and the school’s athletic director Tom Jurich have been fired.
The University of Louisville placed legendary head basketball coach Rick Pitino on an immediate unpaid administrative leave on Wednesday, one day after the school was named in court documents related to a federal corruption probe.
Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich was placed on paid leave. Gregory Postel, the university’s interim president, said school officials will review the long-term employment status of both Pitino and Jurich at a later date, adding that an interim head coach will likely be named within the next 48 hours.
“It is vital for this university to strictly adhere to NCAA rules and, of course, federal law. Doing nothing would be a tacit endorsement of unethical and criminal behavior,” Postel said at a press conference.
An unnamed Louisville student-athlete is also being indefinitely withheld from NCAA activities, including practices and games. While it’s unclear how the leave will impact Pitino’s contract, Postel said the university’s “goal in all processes is to honor the contracts of our employees and to honor the university’s HR policies.”
“While this may be a dark day for the University of Louisville, better days are ahead,” Postel said.