The status of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino is murky at best. Louisville has called a 1 p.m. press conference, and we should have better clarity on whether Pitino was able to survive the latest scandal surrounding his program. Here is what we know so far.
ESPN’s Michael Eaves reported Pitino is expected to be fired today.
WAVE-TV Director Kent Taylor reported Athletic Director Tom Jurich was asked to fire Pitino, and both were fired after Jurich refused to carry out the request.
WDRB’s Marcus Green reported Pitino’s contract dictates he can only be fired by the Louisville board of directors or a subcommittee after 10 days notice.
Despite the conflicting reports, all indications are the writing is on the wall for Pitino. The latest allegations have Louisville linked with Adidas in paying recruit (now Louisville player) Brian Bowen to commit to Louisville.
Pitino was seen leaving a short meeting with interim school president Greg Postel, but did not offer a comment on his status.
Louisville sports radio host Terry Meiners reported Pitino’s lawyer Steve Pence said the school “won’t fire Pitino without a bare knuckle fight.” Meiners also reported Pitino has a $44 million buyout, and fans can expect a contentious legal battle if Pitino is indeed fired.
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Heavy will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available.