As the NCAA deals with allegations of fraud and money laundering in the program, the University of Louisville has placed men's basketball coach, Rick Pitino, on unpaid administrative leave. Louisville Interim President, Gregory Poste, announced the decision yesterday.
The university's athletic director, Tom Jurich, has also been placed on paid administrative leave. Postel said that their jobs will be reviewed at a later date.
As we reported previously, federal prosecutors announced an investigation into college basketball, charging that coaches steered players to agents and took money from shoe companies to pay players. The University of Louisville is one of the schools under investigation. Louisville is already on probation, and Pitino was facing a suspension following a sex scandal investigation involving his players.
Meanwhile…ESPN reports Anfernee Simons and Courtney Rameyhave decommitted from the Cardinals. Simons is ranked as the eighth-best prospect in the ESPN 100 for the 2018 class, and Ramey is ranked 49th.
Pitino first rose to national attention when he took the PC Friars all the way to the Final Four back in 1987.