UofL BASKETBALL | Louisville Files Suit Against Rick Pitino

12/14/2017 10:50 AM

The University of Louisville has filed a suit against former Louisville men’s basketball head coach Rick Pitino. They are suing the ousted coach for monetary damages from NCAA games that could be vacated, along with the Final Fours and 2013 national title. The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in federal court.

They allege Pitino’s negligence and “wrongful conduct” has tarnished Louisville’s reputation. UofL is also seeking “bonuses and other compensation” they say was “wrongly paid” to the coach for the tournament appearances in question.

The lawsuit was filed as a counterclaim to Pitino’s $35 million lawsuit against the University of Louisville Athletic Association.

“Pitino, and not the University, was the active wrongdoer,” the lawsuit states.

The school was handed down sanctions from the NCAA in July 2017 which included paying back the money received from the NCAA tournament runs from 2012-2015 when Pitino was the coach. Louisville went in front of an NCAA Appeals Committee on Wednesday in hopes of overturning those sanctions.

According to the suit, Pitino has hurt the school’s reputation and their ability to recruit, as well has damaged ticket sales and donations.

UofL also filed a defense to Pitino’s Nov. 30 lawsuit, arguing the former coach was properly fired “for cause” on October 16.

Pitino’s breach-of-contract lawsuit, claims he is owed $4.3 million per year over the next nine years and claims U of L’s athletic association did not comply with the terms of his employment contract, including being given proper notice.

The school maintains it owes the coach none of the money left on his contract.

Lyndsey Gough

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