Pitino placed on unpaid administrative leave, Jurich placed on paid administrative leave

09/27/2017 12:49 PM

The University of Louisville has announced that head basketball coach Rick Pitino has been placed on unpaid administrative leave and athletic director Tom Jurich has been placed on paid administrative leave. The announcement follows news of an ongoing FBI investigation involving the university which details a broad college basketball corruption scandal.

During a press conference addressing the investigation on Wednesday afternoon, UofL Interim President Greg Postel said that Pitino’s employment will be reviewed at a later date and will follow university personnel policy. He went on to say that Jurich’s leave will continue until the Board of Trustees has an opportunity to evaluate his employment. The board’s next scheduled meeting is October 19.

Postel cites the details of individual contracts for the decision to place Pitino on unpaid leave and Jurich on paid leave.

Jurich issued a statement through his lawyer on Wednesday afternoon:

“For the last 20 years, I have dedicated my life to the University of Louisville. Disappointment does not even come close to describing my feelings surrounding the allegation that any member of the UofL basketball staff could be involved in the criminal conduct announced yesterday. My intent has always been to run every athletic program at the University in an honest and compliant manner. It is heartbreaking to me that the alleged intentional and secret criminal acts can bring such harm to our school. I love this University, the Louisville community and all of our fans. I plan to continue to help UofL overcome the challenges it faces and work cooperatively with the University with the support of the UofL Board of Trustees following their meeting on October 19th.”

Later in the day, Pitino issued the following statement through his lawyers:

“The University of Louisville placed Coach Pitino on indefinite unpaid administrative leave today. It did not give him prior notice of the disciplinary action or an opportunity to be heard, as required by University policy and Coach Pitino’s employment contract. Coach Pitino has, in effect, been fired. The matter will now follow its legal course.

Coach Pitino stands by his previous statement – and that of the U.S. Attorney’s Office – that named the unnamed people perpetrated a fraudulent scheme on the University and its basketball program. The information disclosed thus far in the investigation is clearly insufficient to implicate Coach Pitino in any type of misconduct or other activity that would violate the terms of his contract. In sum, Coach Pitino has done nothing wrong and there is no evidence to suggest otherwise. The rush to judgement is regrettable.

Moving forward, Coach Pitino’s primary concern is for the well-being of the student-athletes on the University’s basketball team, and in getting complete and accurate facts in the ongoing investigation. Those facts will inevitably exonerate him.”

Furthermore, Postel announced that one student athlete is being withheld from NCAA activities indefinitely, including practices and games. However, he would not disclose the name of that student athlete.

Postel said the university expects to name an interim athletic director and head basketball coach within the next 48 hours.

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