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Louisville fires embattled coach Rick Pitino with cause

There were no surprises Monday afternoon — only closure, and perhaps the start of a lengthy rebuild. After several closed-door meetings, Jeff Greer of the Courier-Journal, among other, reported that the university has decided to terminate Rick Pitino’s employment.

Louisville’s athletic board voted unanimously to terminate Pitino as the head basketball coach at the program. Pitino has been on administrative leave since the end of last month, when the FBI first publicly reported its corruption investigation into college basketball.

Here’s a look at the school’s athletic association resolution.

Louisville has already parted ways with several members of the coaching staff — assistants Kenny Johnson and Jordan Fair.

David Padgett, the program’s new coach who played for Rick Pitino at Louisville, has hired veteran coach Trent Johnson to be an assistant. It was announced this morning, too, that Padgett will be paid a base salary of $800,000. Padgett could earn up to $1 million over the next 12 months as he tries to push forward a program that currently has zero basketball commitments.

 

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