UofL BASKETBALL | Pitino Files Lawsuit Against ULAA

11/30/2017 04:13 PM

Former Louisville men’s basketball head coach Rick Pitino has filed a lawsuit in federal court against the University of Louisville Athletic Association (ULAA).

In short, Pitino is seeking “liquidated contract damages of $4,307,000 per year, through June 30, 2026,” according to a media release on behalf of Pitino.

The preliminary statement in the verified complaint says:

“This is a state law claim for damages resulting from a breach of contract. Coach Pitino alleges that ULAA materially breached his employment contract when it effectively fired him – by placing him on administrative leave – without providing the notice required by the parties’ contract, then failed to remedy its breach within thirty days after Coach Pitino notified ULAA of its material breach. Coach Pitino further alleges that ULAA compounded its breach – when it purported to fire him “for cause,” even though ULAA lacked legal cause as defined by the parties’ contract, – then failed to remedy that breach within thirty days after Coach Pitino properly notified ULAA of its material breach. Coach Pitino seeks damages equal to the full unpaid balance of his contract, consistent with the terms of the contract’s liquidated damages clause.”

Pitino was fired last month by the ULAA amid fallout from UofL’s link to the ongoing federal investigation into college basketball recruiting.

UofL Director of Media Relations John Karman III sent the following statement to Spectrum News:

“We are aware of the lawsuit. As matter of policy, the university does not comment on pending litigation.”

Stay with Spectrum News as this story develops.

Andrew Chernoff

Andrew is a sports anchor and sports managing editor for Spectrum News. He covers sports all across the state of Kentucky for Sports Night, which airs weeknights at 6:30 and 10:30 on Spectrum News. Andrew was a sports anchor and reporter at KFDM/KBTV in Beaumont, Texas for four years before making the move back home to the Midwest. He is originally from Carmel, Indiana and majored in broadcast journalism and political science at Syracuse University.

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