Former Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino has filed a lawsuit in federal court claiming the school’s athletics association breached its contract with him and owes him more than $35 million.
According to the Louisville Courier-Journal, the suit, which was filed Thursday, claims that Louisville breached its contract with Pitino by “effectively firing” him when it placed him on administrative leave without offering him the 10 days’ notice required by his contract. The suit says the athletics association then compounded the breach by voting to fire Pitino “for cause” even though it lacked legal cause to do so.
Pitino, who was officially fired by Louisville on Oct. 16, is seeking the remainder of the money he would have been owed under his contract with Louisville, which ran through 2026.
Pitino was placed on administrative leave the day after the findings of an FBI investigation into fraud and corruption in college basketball recruiting were made public. The FBI findings indicated that a Louisville recruit, since identified as freshman Brian Bowen, received payment from apparel sponsor adidas in exchange for a commitment to the school. Pitino has repeatedly denied knowledge of any wrongdoing.
Louisville spokesperson John Karman told the Courier-Journal the school is aware of the lawsuit, but wouldn’t offer any additional comment.
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